Bodhrán Music – Non-Tunable Bodhrán -v- Weather Conditions
We all know Bodhráns are very sensitive to the weather, why is this? Mainly this is because of humidity. Bodhráns react differently to all types of weather. When we experience dry weather conditions bodhrán skin tends to tighten up. When we experience the opposite, damp weather conditions, the bodhráns tend to soften.
In dry climates the bodhrán becomes tight and has a tinny sound. When in damp humidity the bodhrán becomes floppy and like a wet paper bag. Ideally, bodhráns require a moderate weather condition which we know is not possible to control ourselves! So… here are a few things you can try to keep your bodhrán happy, and to keep you happy so you can keep playing all day, every day.
If your bodhrán is tight and sounds like you’re playing a biscuit tin, try using some hand cream or moisturiser of your choice to help soften it. Our bodhráns need just as much pampering as we do.
If the skin is a little loose, put it out in the sun for a short period or dry it with a hair dryer, or a bathroom hand dryer if you’re playing in a session. If it is very loose because it has been hanging on a wall, rub the skin with a wet cloth. When the skin on the bodhrán dries out the skin becomes tight and ready for you to play. It is best to have your bodhrán stored in a cool dry place.
If your Bodhran needs to be re-skinned, we here in McNeela Music offer this service, you can check it out here or contact Paraic on +353 87 256 9672