Irish Beats is a unique tourism experience, in which visitors participate in a Bodhrán lesson and get to play under the expert tutelage of our instructor Damien Walsh.
No matter their music ability (or lack of it), tourists aged from 4 to 94 are encouraged to have a go and as they listen, watch and then copy, their confidence grows and smiles start to appear. Having been shown and practised a variety of beats and techniques, the groups, led by their instructor, play along to a backing track.
‘If every music teacher was as funny as Damian, you’d have a nation of musicians in no time’ RTE
Music crosses borders and even if the tourists have a limited grasp of English, they are quick to pick up the beat and techniques required. Before long, feet are tapping and the enjoyment of achieving a great tune in such a short space of time is obviously evident.
Those involved in the experience clearly relish exploring the finer points of Ireland’s native drum, including its origin, structure and contribution to Irish music. As their travels through Ireland continue and they watch live music in other venues, they will have an appreciation and understanding of what’s involved, because they too have been a performer - if only for a short while.
Irish Beats with Damien commences in May, running every Monday and Tuesday @ 6.30pm until the end of August. Watch Damien showcase the Irish Bodhran and then join in on the fun.
There was huge praise for the wonderful evening entertainment with the Irish Beats experience and the beautiful meal and excellent service which followed... they all said to me today that it was the best night ever in all their holiday experiences to Ireland... they are posting photos of the evening to their friends on Facebook in the States, from Maryland, to Arizona and Texas!
Amanda Horan, M Ed, Dip HCM, CIPD
Client Services, Enterptise Support, South East Region, Fáilte Ireland
Heard lots about this place from the tour guide so just had to check it out. So glad we did! Got to participate in the drumming lesson with Damien Walsh. That was a blast! Had a chicken dish for dinner that was amazingly delicious. Highly recommend..
Five star review, Tripadvisor user