Bodhran (Irish Drum)


UPDATED 08/20/2021
Bodhran classes with Kyle Forsthoff WILL begin again starting September 19, 2021.  

NOTE: Registration for all classes at Blackstone River Theatre will require valid proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Masks will also be required to be worn in the class setting. By attending a Blackstone River Theatre class, you are voluntarily assuming all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Please email with questions or concerns and to provide proof of vaccination. Classes will be held in 3rd floor, larger room which will have an air purifier running.

Blackstone River Theatre will offer an 8-week session of classes in Bodhran (the Irish drum) on Sundays, 9-9:50 a.m. (beginner level) and 10-10:50 a.m. (continuing/advanced beginner level) on September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and November 7. These classes are geared towards adults and teens. A minimum of 5 students is needed to hold class with a maximum of 8 students. The fee for a 8-week session is $ 125.00 and prepayment is necessaryStudents 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 with Fellswater and has also shared the stage with artists including The Vox Hunters, Lindsay Straw, Torrin Ryan, and Joey Abarta. 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.

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 bodhran 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