Hey, one the best way to enjoy your Bodhran drum is to join in with a group of like minded people. Without a shadow of a doubt the most intense way to get as much bodhran practice right up to saturation point, is to go to a workshop in one of the many Irish festivals around the country.
There are many festivals in the United States, especially from March all the way through the summer. March of course is a special month in Irish tradition, the 17th is Patrick’s day, even thought this year it has been said that the religious celebration for the Patron Saint of the country will start on the 15th March in Ireland. Dublin, Galway and Cork will no doubt have the biggest parties.
One festival that springs to mind and that stands out is the Milwaukee Irish Fest, which takes place 14-17th August 2008, and it’s reputed to be the biggest and best in the US.
But if you are lucky enough to be in Europe this year, you have to go to Milltown, County Kerry, Ireland where there will be the World Bodhran Championships, from May30th to 2nd June 2008.
You may be thinking how can you have a championship about a musical instrument?
Well it really is a super festival promoting everything to do with the Bodhrán, from manufacture to playing.
Get there if you can and have a blast.