Instrument maker John McDowall demonstrates the high level of craftsmanship that goes into making his Bodhran Irish drums.
Instrument maker John McDowall demonstrates the high level of craftsmanship that goes into making his Bodhran Irish drums.

Beating out the rhythm on holiday

ST PATRICK'S Day eve will be celebrated in Kyogle with an Irish-Australian folklore and music history workshop, Ireland Over Here, to be held tonight.

Performers Julie Metcalf and the Folkmasters will provide music to complement stories, film and photographic displays for the event which has been organised by the Kyogle Acoustic Music Society.

Local instrument makers will also be on hand to share knowledge and perform, including John McDowall.

Mr McDowall crafts Bodhran Irish drums and washboards from his workshop in Kyogle.

"(A Bodhran) is a small drum used for providing rhythmic accompaniment," he said.

"Bodhran drums became really popular worldwide during the folk revival of the 1960s."

Mr McDowall exports his instruments all over the world but remained cagey on how he constructs the drums.

"There are a lot of trade sec- rets and a lot of mystery," he said.

Ireland Over Here will be held at Kyogle Showground from 6pm.

Phone 0409 534 233 for details.



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