Bodhran (Irish Drum)

UPDATED 3/25/18

NEW! Master class on Irish Percussion
Sunday, April 29: Bodhran Workshop 10 AM to 11:50 AM
Bones workshop NOON to 1 PM

Kyle Forsthoff will offer a two-hour workshop for continuing beginner bodhran players and a one-hour introduction to bones for beginners on Sunday, April 29. Fee for the bodhran workshop is $30.00. Bodhran students will need to have their own drum and tipper.

From noon to 1 PM, Kyle will discuss, demonstrate, and teach the basic techniques of playing the Bones with Irish music.  Purchase of bones is strongly recommended [Kyle has a few extra pairs to borrow, but not enough for everyone]. Fee for the bones workshop is $15.00.

A minimum of 6 students is needed to hold each workshop with a maximum of 8 students.

So we can be assured of meeting the minimum needed to hold any of our class offerings, BRT NEEDS PRE-PAYMENT AT LEAST 3 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF ANY CLASS (and hopefully sooner!) or we'll need to cancel at that time.
If you are interested in a class, please:
1. E-mail to pre-register and then,
2. Put a check payable to Blackstone River Theatre in the mail ASAP to: Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864

NOTE: Due to Kyle's performance/travel schedule there will not be a new 8-week session of beginner and continuing beginner bodhran classes until September, 2018.

Blackstone River Theatre will offer an 8-week session of classes in Bodhran (the Irish drum) on Sundays, 10-10:50 a.m. (BEGINNER) and 11-11:50 a.m (continuing beginner level), in September, 2018 - exact dates to be announced. These classes are geared towards adults and teens. A minimum of 6 students is needed to hold class with a maximum of 8 students. The fee for the 8-week session is $125.00 and prepayment is necessary. Students must have their own bodhran and tipper.

The Bodhran is a small handheld Irish frame drum consisting of a goatskin playing surface stretched over a wooden frame. The drum can be struck with the hand, "finger style," but most Celtic percussionists strike the drum with a double-headed knobbed stick known as a tipper. This Bodhran class will cover the most common rhythms used in Irish traditional music – reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas, etc – as well as a variety of ways to adapt them with ornamentation, tonal variation, and syncopation. The goal is to create versatile and sensitive players who are able to accompany in whatever style they prefer, be it traditional or more modern.

Kyle Forsthoff has been studying and playing Irish percussion for over ten years. He performs regularly with Fellswater and has also shared the stage with artists including Liam Hart, The Vox Hunters, Lindsay Straw, Torrin Ryan, Joey Abarta, and John Skelton. Forsthoff competed in the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Sligo, Ireland in 2015 and also attended the 2014 Craiceann Bodhran Summerschool in Inis Oirr, Co. Galway.