Bodhran (Irish Drum)

UPDATED 08/06/2022
A new session of Bodhran classes with Kyle Forsthoff will be offered in early 2023.

NOTE: Blackstone River Theatre no longer requires masks or proof of vaccination status. If you wish to still wear a mask that is of course totally fine! By attending a Blackstone River Theatre class, you are voluntarily assuming all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Blackstone River Theatre will continue to monitor our COVID policy.

Blackstone River Theatre will offer a 6-week session of classes in Bodhran (the Irish drum) on Sundays, 9-9:50 a.m. (continuing beginner level) and 10-10:50 a.m. (advanced beginner level) on October 9, 23, 30 and November 6, 20, 27. These classes are geared towards adults and teens; the advanced beginner class requires 10-12 previous classes or similar experience. A minimum of 5 students is needed to hold class with a maximum of 8 students. The fee for a 6-week session is $ 95.00 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