Roundstone Music and Crafts
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I.D.A Centre, Roundstone, Galway, Republic of Ireland
Mr Malachy Kearns
Roundstone Music and Crafts lies within the walls of an old Franciscan monastery in Roundstone in the heart of Connemara, County Galway. Master craftsman, Malachy Kearns, creates his famous bodhráns in-store.
Roundstone Music and Crafts is run by Master craftsman Malachy Kearns, better known as Malachy Bodhrán amongst folk musicians, who crafts bodhráns (pronounced bow-rawn) at his Roundstone base in County Galway.
Malachy is respected as a fine bodhrán maker and is one of the only dedicated, full-time bodhrán makers in the world.
A bodhrán is an 18 inch one-sided drum made from goatskin, which has unique stretch properties treated by a traditional process. This musical instrument's name derives from the Irish word 'bodhán' which means deaf or haunting and it produces spirit-stirring music.
Roundstone Music and Crafts is a fine craftman's craft shop that also sells music, fashion and has an adjacent coffee shop. Regular talks and demonstrations are given on the bodhrán. A large private car-park is also provided for visitors.