In 2011, Founder Matthew Bell brought an idea to Christian Hedwitschak for a bodhrán that used interchangeable synthetic skins. No professional player had suggested this idea before, and no bodhrán maker had attempted to build a professional-level instrument using this concept. After multiple conversations and many prototypes, Christian and Matt finalized a new, unique skin holding and tuning system, and new frame construction for a bodhrán utilizing standard aluminum- collared synthetic drumheads. Matt and Christian enlisted the help of Dave Loyal and Stevie Moises, and in the spring of 2016, the Rebellion began…
Rebellion Drums Bodhráns are designed to meet the needs and standards of contemporary percussionists.
Our flexible design can use any 14″ synthetic drumhead, allowing you to tailor your own individual sound.
Do you want a deep, attack-heavy sound with short sustain, like a compressed heavy metal bass drum? How about a sound that is tonally close to goatskin? Do you want to try timpani-style calfskin sound? An effects head with jingles or snares? How about a virtually silent practice head? These are all possibilities with Rebellion Drums Bodhráns!
The unique bayonet ring skin holding system allows incredibly fast tool-less head changes.
Our bodhráns are completely vegan. We use no animal products in the skin, frame, glue, or surface treatment.
All of our design elements work in harmony with sound being the first and foremost consideration.
Our bodhráns speak clearly at all dynamic levels and with any type of stick. They present a pleasingly musical sound across the entire frequency range, without any tones that stick out from the mix.
The bodhráns weigh enough to feel solid, but they are light enough that traveling with them is easy.
The size of the bodhráns is universal. They are big enough to give power to the sound, but small enough not to be overwhelming in a session or acoustic environment.
She arrived today. Im freaking out, It is quite a thing. Gorgeous design Matt. The mechanism vanishes under the muting hand, you’d think it wasn’t there at all. The sound is immense – still trad, but unlike any bodhrán I’ve ever played – far more expanded in timbre and tone. Expect more compliments to follow…
Just tried out my new rebellion bodhrán. Simply put- amazing! Incredibly responsive. Kind of like driving a sports car. I have better technique with less effort. The sound of the drum is rich and crisp. High highs. Deep lows and everything in between. Faster tipper speed with better control. The Ferrari of bodhráns!
I was intrigued but having been spoiled rotten by my Hedwitschak FireBall and other Hedwitschak bodhráns. I didn’t see how I they could be improved upon. Still… a synthetic drum head. Playing outside as often as I do at pirate events, on sailing ships and such, I have a terrible time trying to keep my drum in tune.
I really, really love it! It’s very comfortable to hold, and bending the tones has never been easier OR quicker. The tippers have somewhat of a different strike sound but it’s easily adjusted to. This looks like it will be a real workhorse for those long hours of outside Faire and session. Changing the heads is easy once you’ve done it a time or two. I truly appreciate that the knobs do not come all the way out of the drum. They rise to their highest level and just stay locked in place.
I know that there are more people involved in Rebellion drums, but Matthew Bell and Christian Hedwitschak are folks whose skills and reputations I respect.
“I am loving my Rebellion bodhrán! It is a joy to play and the nutgrain finish is a work of art. I am very pleased with the tones I’m getting from the synthetic skin and it really is easy to quickly change drum heads. I look forward to experimenting with sounds from different drum heads down the road, but this bodhrán has already become a welcome addition to my collection.”
For me this is more than a rebellion. It is part of the natural evolution, the ongoing evolution of the instrument, yet still maintaining and embracing what has been. I don’t feel that this bodhrán is in opposition or defiance of tradition, but one that is seeking to open up new worlds of expression on the bodhrán and to empower the musician so that they can play the sounds that they want or need. All this is done with the simplicity of being able to use any standard drum head. This is the brilliance of the rebellion; freedom of choice! This bodhrán is made so masterfully well that it makes for changing a head so easy, pure joy! I am looking forward to forming a good bond with my new Ash Wave Rebellion bodhrán, one instrument with so much more freedom of expression.
For me this bodhrán is the way to go.
“I originally bought my Rebellion Drums Bodhrán to have something to play for outdoor concerts when my natural- skinned bodhráns would be impossible to keep in tune. I was totally knocked out when I started to work with the drum! It’s flexible, expressive, and really fun to play! The synthetic head makes the drum’s tuning consistent, and its sound clear and melodic. The shell and tuning mechanism are well- constructed, and head changes are fast and easy. This drum can be Trad, it can be funky, and it can be experimental. I love it!”
“I totally love my Rebellion Drums Bodhrán! It’s is the perfect bodhrán for my intense touring situation with Cirque du Soleil. We’re on the road 40 to 45 weeks out of the year, with our instruments traveling from city to city in trucks that have minimal climate control. The synthetic head on my Rebellion Drums Bodhrán can withstand the extreme climate changes from one location to another that a goat skin head cannot. More importantly though, it sounds incredible! With the option of using any standard 14” head, the sonic possibilities are endless! Add that to the ability to quickly change out the head without any tools, and I can be playing a totally different sounding bodhrán in just seconds.”
“I’ve had my Rebellion Drums WAVE Model Bodhrán for about 5 months and I have to say I really love this drum! It came with the standard Remo Skyntone head and was taped by Matt. With that head, it has a big sounding bottom and a long ring length which allows for lots of pitch work and pitch bending. I play several sessions a week in the Northern Virginia region and found that the drum was a little too boomy in large, acoustic spaces. Not to worry, Matt hooked me up with a thicker Remo Fiberskyn head which was taped a bit wider than normal. This gave the drum a shorter ring length but increased the articulation off the head. Other session players have commented on the drum’s rhythmic clarity in this configuration, so this setup is my main head for weekly sessions. I’m also playing several shows this fall with the duo “Lilt” and the Culkin LIVE dancers. These are productions on stage with sound reinforcement, so I change back to the Skyntone for these situations. My Rebellion Drums Bodhrán also my “go to” drum for any situation where temperature and humidity would impact the sound. I wouldn’t have this flexibility if I didn’t have this drum. A big thanks to Matt and his partners at Rebellion Drums for creating such a superior product!”
￼￼”I’m incredibly happy with the sound, appearance, and functionality of my Rebellion Drums bodhrán. The heavy air conditioning in most theaters causes natural skins to expand and contract throughout a show, which is an issue when quick instrument changes leave no time to retune the drum. That’s not an issue with the synthetic head on this drum — I know that the drum will sound the same every time I pick it up. This is a high quality product, and I recommend it for all bodhrán players.”
Non-EU Sales through Matthew Bell at contemporarybodhran.com/shop/
EU Sales through Rolf Wagels at http://www.bodhran-info.de/en/shop/rebellion-drums/
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Photos, logos, texts and product names: copyright by Matthew Bell of contemporarybodhran.com / Celtic Percussion Collective, LLC, USA
Frame construction, bayonet skin holding system, tuning system are intellectual property of Christian Hedwitschak of Hedwitschak Drums, Germany.
Remo®, Skyntone®, and Diplomat® are trademarks of Remo U.S.A.
We are now accepting pre-orders for our fall production run of Rebellion Drums Bodhráns! Orders will be accepted until July 31st or as long as supplies last. Any drums listed as 'In Stock' are available for immediate delivery. Dismiss