Pat’s Bodhrans

As part of his repertoire, Pat produces a range of Bodhrans. The Bodhrans crafted by Pat have been classed as having a distinctive tone. They have been designed with the help of myself and Noel Maguire. The basic frame is laminated from aircraft quality Birch plywood. Pat manufactures the tuners himself, designed for ease of access and adjustment. After some experimentation and road testing by Noel and myself the optimal dimension for maximum tone output has been established at 320mm x 150mm; an approximate 2:1 ratio. The skins used are best- quality goat skins used for Lambeg drums, and their tone is optimised using a 5-point tuning system.  Here are some examples of these bespoke tuneable Bodhrans: 

Prices start at £250 and some of the Bodhrans are on display in the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts shop.

Other sizes of Bodhrans are available upon request. Speciality toddler drums, which are 9in x 4.5in in dimension, can also be ordered.

Many sizes and shapers of Tippers are also available.

For more details email Pat (

For Belfast enquires contact Barry (07872382074) or Noel Maguire (07915828083).