The Bodhrán (bow-ran) is an Irish drum : its name comes from the Gaelic word bodhradh meaning « making deaf »… Its origins are uncertain but it could have begun its existence by extracting peat or more probably like a sieve. It can be compared to the daf in Iran orthe bendir in North Africa.
It is composed by a single goat skin, tightened on a wooden circular frame, held by a wooden cross or single bar (those ones could be missing on modern bodhrán).
The sound is made by a stick with rounded ends that hit and bounce off the skin.
The hand that holds the instrument can also make vary the tension of the skin to change the sound.