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Roundstone Music & Crafts
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Owner description: Roundstone Music & Craft - within the walls of an old Franciscan Monastery ( 1845) in the quaint fishing village of Roundstone.Connemara Here you can see Ireland's oldest craft - Bodhran making. The Bodhran or Irish Drum is probably Ireland's oldest musical instrument - The Pulse of Irish Music - and this ancient craft is carried on at Roundstone Music. Regular Talks and demonstrations are given about this famous instrument. Pls book IN advance E 7.50 Per PERSON .. "TALK" by Malachy Kearns e mail bookings please .. PREFERABLY min 8 people (or E 60.00 TOTAL Charge for small group) ., Open 7 days 11.00 am to 6 pm ... OPEN 6 Days in winter ( closed sun ) open 10.15am July/ Aug
Reviewed September 6, 2013

When planning our trip to Ireland this Spring, one of my main goals was to get back to Malachy Kearns in Roundstone to get a new bodhran which was a birthday gift. I had purchased a smaller one in 2009 but wanted an 18" tuneable. We were pleasantly surprised to find that they were open on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday. I was first helped by a very friendly and knowledgeable Mr. Alam.
Then, who should pop us but "Himself"!
We had such a fun time with him as he showed us around the workshop and explained the process to us with many a funny story. As to the quality of the skins, he said "Old Goats are Best". ( I'm almost 100% sure he wasn't looking at me when he said that.) Not only was the experience wonderful for me, but also great for my friends who were giving me the drum. Malachy taped a stamp commemorating the 75th anniversary of Ireland's Independence, and on which he is pictured playing the bodhran, inside my drum and signed it as well.
It was such a fun and personal experience, and totally unexpected. It was the highlight of the trip and we are still talking about it. Now I'm off to the Irish Arts Center in NYC for lessons so that I can give the bodhran it's due. So thanks Malachy for another great experience in Ireland!

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

We were lucky enough to make the acquaintance of both Melachy and his wife Gifty. Melachy is an original, someone you will long remember meeting. His shop has a variety of gift items and of course more bodhrans than you can shake a beater at. Gifty is also charming, as long as you stay on her good side while you are there. Wandering around the shop was a pleasure, and getting to meet Melachy and Gifty one of the highlights of our entire trip to Ireland. Now if Melachy would just send Gifty my way to give me a few more lessons on how to play this thing...

Thank Rick F
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

No matter for what reasons you visit Roundstone Music & Crafts , just to spend a few minutes chat with Malachy is worth the trip. Malachy is like an open book of culture and full of adventures he can tell you..The site it self is a combination of a shop,outlet,coffee shop and of course the the artisan craftsmanship gallery of the Master Bodhran Maker Malachy him self.
There is also a 10 minutes Video in the store telling the story of Malachy and the making of the Bodhran.
There is plenty of original Irish items on sale and the prices are reasonable as well. I respected Malachy's request and did not take pictures, so none added here.

Thank Arik P
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is a bohdran workshop, where you can choose a beginner's drum or have one made to measure. I bought a beginner's and have enjoyed my first lessons via YouTube. They also sell other musical instruments and items made in Ireland, crafts, clothes, etc. The bohdran maker's wife was charming and helpful and gave us a little lesson on the bohdran. We All had a great giggle as my daughter and I moved too much while playing, and couldn't quite get the hang of the wrist movement.

Thank Sheila C
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

We absolutely loved this fantastic shop and friendly and funny owners Malachy and Gifty Kearns! Malachy took us into the workshop and explained a bit about his craft (about which there is more in the video that runs in a corner just on the other side of the workshop). Gifty also explained about the bodhrans themselves and the various designs on them, helped us select one for one son and the right type of penny or tin whistle for the other. And now for the truly above-and-beyond part: When we discovered a flat tire as were about to leave and went back inside to ask about any service stations in the area, Malachy came out to the car to have a look himself and make recommendations; then, because we'd have had to either backtrack and/or pay a premium for Bank Holiday service, he went back in and came out with a can of tire-repair whatever-it-was, showed my husband how to use it helped him with it, and gave me a free cup of coffee - plus hilarious commentary - while I waited for completion of the process. THEN he wrote his cell number on the back of a shop biz card and told us to call him if we needed any help later from the road. (Told us the stuff would hold for 600 miles and, indeed, we made it all the way from Roundstone to Ballyvaughan to Dingle to Dublin over the next four days, no problemo!)
Great shop, great experience, great people!

Thank 870aardvark
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