> a chàirdean,
> Saw this in the "Times Literary Supplement" of November 12th:
> "The bodhran... an essential element of any authentic contemporary
> line-up... only takes its
> place in Irish music with the composer Sean O' Riada's adoption of it to
> replace the dance-band drum-kit for his 1960s Ceoltóirí Chualann radio
> This seems to imply that the use of the bodhran in Irish traditional
> music was unknown before
> the 1960s. True?
Yes 'n no
An article in the Journal of the Cork Historical
and Archaeological Society, Vol.60,
1955, p.129-30, by Caoimhi/n O/ Danachair, opens:
"In many parts of Munster, and especially in
South-West Clare and North Kerry,
the coming of the 'Wren Boys' on Stephen's Day
was heralded by the loud vigorous
drumming of the >bodhri/n< [sic], a percussion
instrument upon which was beaten
an accompaniment to the flutes, fiddles and
melodeons which made up the wren boys'
This clearly implies that the bodhra/n was used as
a musical instrument before O/ Riada
introduced it into folk-music.
It has to be regarded, though, that the the
restrictive views of the CCE towards the
of "traditional" instruments forbade the use of
the bodhra/n for a considerable time, cause it
wasn't considered to be "really traditional" ...
(whatever that means...)
I can't locate the reference on the spot, but I
might look it up if necessary...
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