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Fully interchangeable with any 14″ synthetic drumhead, 100% vegan, and includes a tool-less head change system
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Welcome To The Contemporary Bodhr​á​n!


The Contemporary Bodhrán offers a totally unique learning experience with highly flexible membership options. Members have access to over 100 instructional videos, as well as a blog, a forum, and much more. The Contemporary Bodhrán can take you from an absolute beginner level all the way to the professional arena. Please check out the intro video for more specific information.

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Rebellion Drums Bodhráns

August 15th, 2016|0 Comments

    Hi there everyone! I apologize for the amount of time that's gone by since my last blog post. I've been incredibly busy working on a new joint [...]

The 50/50 Rule

January 31st, 2016|8 Comments

Hi everyone and Happy New Year! (now that it's almost February :)) We've finally been able to deal with most of the snow here in DC thankfully. One of the [...]

Bodhrán at the Ballet

November 20th, 2015|2 Comments

I recently had the pleasure of playing the bodhrán and percussion book for the Ballet Theatre of Maryland's production of Excalibur. This was an original ballet, based on the Arthurian [...]

User Reviews

I have taken bodhrán lessons from three other well-known players. Matt has a structured teaching method I found best; his videos on the bodhrán have exercises that notate stroke styles and rhythm to make learning and practice easy. Matt’s love of drumming and technical mastery from his impressive musical training and experience with different styles of drumming make him a highly effective teacher.
Francesca Constantino, Northern Virginia
Matt has provided us with a comprehensive method for learning the Irish Drum which for the first time gives very specific details on grips and strokes. As a Bodhran player of 36 years, I believe he has brought me into the 21st Century, and salvaged my playing from the physical injuries I encountered. I highly recommend Matt’s method, and technique, oh, and by the way, he has some amazing chops!
Stephen Brown, Rhythm Bones Society
As a huge fan of Celtic music, his instructional materials are beneficial to those who want to learn how to play. Matthew Bell turns ordinary listeners into Celtic music enthusiasts!
Baxter Labatos, The Phillipines











  • Totally unique bodhr​á​n method
  • Over 100 instructional videos!
  • Flexible membership program
  • Something for every skill level
  • Proven instructional method
  • Personal learning experience
  • High quality video instruction
  • Slow-motion videos
  • Multiple camera angles
  • Notation fundamentals
  • Advanced concepts
  • Intermediate concepts
  • Playing basics
  • Product demonstrations
  • Play-alongs with tunes