Holidays!
We will be on holiday from 9.6.2022 to 27.6.2022. The shop is available, orders will be shipped after 2th of June 2022.
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Brexit
Dear customers in the UK, please note: Due to the new tax regulations in the UK after brexit the minimum order price for orders to the UK is 150€. If you want to understand why, please follow this link. All orders above 150€ are shipped without German VAT, so the price marked as "netto" is the relevant price for UK orders.
Orders to Northern Ireland are not affected, please use Northern Ireland as your country at checkout. Do not use UK!

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Snare CarpHED
The smart effect gadget for the skin hand! Ever wanted to add some special sounds to your bodhrán playing? Here is the a new device for modern bodhrán players. Developed by Stevie Moises, Christian Hedwitschak and Rolf Wagels. All info here!

Express ConfigurHEDor

A real innovation: Customize your own bodhrán online!
The Express ConfigurHEDor combines the advantages of a standard model with the possibilities of a custom-made instrument: a wide range of features to choose from, reasonable prices, and short delivery times. Design your own dream bodhrán from different drumheads, tuning rims, frame designs, and decorative ribbons.

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  • The crossbar with Know-How
    The retrofittable, adjustable cross bar made from solid maple wood. Easy and quick mounting, suitable for most drums made by Christian Hedwitschak. Developed with Donal Lunny!

All info here!

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Bands & Projects

Cara

The most successful project was Cara. Founded in 2003 with Claus Steinort (flute), Gudrun Walther (fiddle & vocals), Sandra Steinort (flute, piano and vocals) and Jürgen Treyz (guitars) the line up changed a bit since then: In 2010 Ryan Murphy (pipes and flutes) and Jeana Leslie (piano, fiddle, vocals) replaced Claus and Sandra, who left Cara due to family reasons. After Jeana decided to become a teacher, Kim Edgar from Edinburgh replaced her in 2013 and since Ryan got more and more busy with his other band Manrán, Hendrik Morgenbrodt joined Cara in 2014. We have been touring all over Germany and Europe, incl. Ireland and the UK. We have also played in  the US, where we appeared at huge festivals like Milwaukkee, ICONS in Boston, Chicago Celtic Fest and Kansas City Irish Fest. Also, we have produced 5 CDs and a live DVD/CD combo. Here are a few recent videos, more videos are in the video section:


Bodhran Insight

Together with my dear colleague at the BodhranWeekends, Guido Plüschke, I produced a CD called BodhranInsight. We are not only showing a retrospect of previous recordings, but also produced some tracks especially for this album, including a bodhrán duet, a multitrack recording of the two of us. It's available in the shop.


Collaboration with Christian Hedwitschak

LogohedI collaborate a lot with bodhrán maker Christian Hedwitschak. The main result is the Signature Line RWE Bodhrán. The design of this drum influenced many other drums in the bodhrán world, even outside Christian's workshop. I was also involved in the development of the LightLine and BasicLine series and the new CoreLine series. This has led to bodhrán-info being one of the two Hedwitschak Premium Partners.

Guest musician

Ove the years, I had the pleasure of working as a guest musician in a few projects.

Olaf Sickmann

I recorded on two projects of Tin Whistle and guitar player Olaf Sickman (yes, I know, but that's his name ! :-)). Olaf is not only a respected musician, but also a great tune smith. The two CDs are available in the shop.

Johannes Schiefner - Watergrasshill

A great CD by one of Germany's leading Uilleann Piper. It was a great honour for me to be asked to be part of this CD. Here is the link to Johannes' myspace.

Blue

In 2006 I had the chance to record with three friends: Colman Connolly; low whistle, uilleann pipes, flute und whistles, Tobi Kurig; bouzouki, Franziska Urton; fiddle. The Album "Blue" turned out to be a great recording and it was a great pleasure to be part of it!

Previous projects.

A short look into history:

Steampacket

In December 1999 Stefan Schneider (fiddle), Claus Steinort (flute), Andreas Lassak (guitar) and I founded the band "Steampacket". We have since added Tina Fastje (fiddle) and replaced Andreas with Tobi Kurig. Although we play mainly irish music, the occasional Breton, Scottish and even Finnish piece makes it into the repertoire: "Traditional Irish Music - And Beyond." The CD is available in the shop. Here is a review at Irishmusicreview.com.

DeReelium

DeReelium formed in 1996 and we recorded our first CD in 1999. DeReelium is based in Hannover and we host the regular session every Sunday at the Irish Harp, plus Sessions at the Kuriosum in Hannover and the Irish Pub at Brüderstraße.

Many other bands and musicians, including More Maids, An Tor, Navan and Ian Smith and Stephen Campbell have invited me to play with them, either live or on a recording. It was always a pleasure!

Discographie:
Triangle - Peter Kerlin & Ian Smith with Jens Kommnick
Pieces to remember - Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella
Live - Cara
Gray Matters - Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella
Yet We Sing - Cara
Whistle Man - Olaf Sickmann
Swift as a Swallow - Crosswind
Mirage - A Portrayal Of Figures -
Flaming Row
The Brendan Voyage - Rüdiger Oppermann
Horizon - Cara
BodhranInsight -
Guido Plüschke und Rolf Wagels
From Hamburg to Galway - Guido Plüschke
Watergrasshill - Johannes Schiefner
Long Distance Love -
Cara
In Full Swing - Live - CD & DVD - Cara
In Between Times -
Cara
Blue -
Colman Connolly, Tobi Kurig, Franzi Urton
In Colour
- Cara
Sommertiefe
- Olaf Sickmann
Homecoming - Steampacket
Mary is busy..too busy to marry“ - More Maids
Millvalley
- DeReelium
The North Sea Chinaman - Stefan Lups
you’ll never know... - Allan Cortez & Tommy Kraus

Workshops

I started teaching in 1996 and met many nice, interesting people through my lessons and workshops. I teach workshop weekends all over Germany and the neighbouring countries. Twice a year Guido Plüschke and I offer the BodhranWeekends. A highlight for the last several years was the invitation to teach at the renowned BodhranSummerschool "Craiceann" on Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands in Ireland.


If you don't want to miss a date, feel free to subscribe to the newsletter. These are the next dates:

Tamburi Mundi

04.08.2021
  • Online
  • frame drum festival

Info

BodhranWeekend

17.-19.09.2021
  • Online
  • mit Guido Plüschke

Info

 

Gigs

 

All gigs with Cara, unless notes otherwise.
Details can be found here on the Cara page.

October 2017
14.10.2017 74564 Crailsheim Rathaussaal
15.10.2017 86756 Reimlingen Konzertstadel Reimlingen
27.10.2017 CH-8400 WINTERTHUR Alte Kaserne Kulturzentrum
28.10.2017 72218 Wildberg Stadthalle
November 2017
03.11.2017 63674 Altenstadt Gemeinschaftshaus Waldsiedlung
04.11.2017 63916 Amorbach Zehntscheuer Amorbach
05.11.2017 73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd Theaterwerkstatt
16.11.2017 44787 Bochum ROTUNDE im alten Bochumer Hauptbahnhof
17.11.2017 B-4780 SANKT VITH Kultur-, Konferenz- & Messezentrum Triangel, Konzertsaal
18.11.2017 B-3920 LOMMEL Schouwburg
January 2018
19.01.2018 82178 Puchheim Kulturamt im PUC
20.01.2018 CH-8112 OTELFINGEN Mühle Otelfingen
21.01.2018 79098 Freiburg Jazzhaus
25.01.2018 97996 Niederstetten Alte Turnhalle
26.01.2018 77654 Offenburg Reithalle im Kulturforum
27.01.2018 71691 Freiberg a.N. PRISMA
February 2018
02.02.2018 97437 Haßfurt Rathaushalle
03.02.2018 97318 Kitzingen Alte Synagoge
04.02.2018 58730 Fröndenberg Kulturschmiede - Kulturzentrum Ruhraue
08.02.2018 28816 Stuhr Rathaus Stuhr
09.02.2018 37639 Bevern Weserrenaissance Schloss Bevern
10.02.2018 25548 Kellinghusen Ulmenhofschule
11.02.2018 26419 Schortens Bürgerhaus Schortens
März 2018
09.03.2018 49074 Osnabrück Lagerhalle Saal
10.03.2018 57537 Wissen kulturWERKwissen
14.03.2018 78727 Oberndorf am Neckar Ehemalige Augustiner-Klosterkirche
15.03.2018 Bad Homburg tba
16.03.2018 46045 Oberhausen Ebertbad
17.03.2018 63303 Dreieich Bürgerhäuser Dreieich

The RWE

RWEchangeBoth RWE feature the classic design and the RWE - Lambeg skin! The compressor frame tuning system provides an unbelievable sound quality and it now combinded with IsolatHED tuning rim! The ChangeHed skin skin holding system offers spectacular options as drum heads and tuning rims can now be changed in the RWEchange.
All Info incl. video here!

CD 'Bodhran Insight'

CD Bodhrán Insight"the best frame drum recording I have heard in many years!"
'Bodhrán Insight' comprises of 18 tracks on which the bodhrán is the main feature. The comprehensive booklet includes explanations as to what we are playing for each of these sets, sharing with the listener an insight into our methods and techniques. All info and sound samples can be found here.

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