Dave has been playing and teaching bodhrán for over 30 years - learning his craft and tunes in hundreds of traditional sessions throughout Ireland and Scotland. He has toured and recorded with North Atlantic Trio, and played with many notable traditional musicians - Luke Plumb, Ashley MacIsaac, Angus R Grant, Ross Ainslie, Isaac Muller and Siard De Jong, among others.
Beyond traditional music, he has a particular interest in the place of bodhrán as a part of the wider family of frame drums and how it relates particularly to the Italian tamburello, South Indian Kanjra, North African Bendir and Persian Daf. He has studied with master drummers Zohar Fresco, Andrea Piccioni, Ganesh Kumar, Salim Belitane and Mohsen Taherzadeh and performs and teaches regularly at Tamburi Mundi Frame Drum festival sharing the stage with Glen Velez, Pete Lockett, Murat Coskun, and many others.
He brings this diverse experience to his project Bodhrán Beyond which uses electronics and processing to develop a novel solo voice for the instrument, and to his teaching - which is focused in musicality, active listening and clear solutions to technical problems that players come across.
One to One Lessons via Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime can be arranged here
‘an Irish percussive magician wielding the bodhrán’
‘Dave Boyd is hugely supportive without being intrusive, effective to the Nth and no hint of over-playing… I’m convinced that if his tracks were removed, the remainder of whole would suffer.
Tasteful is probably the word I’m looking for’