About Seamus O'Kane
Seamus O'Kane from Lower Drum, Dungiven, Co.
Derry in Ireland. He has worked all his life
as a technology teacher in the local secondary
He combined woodworking, metalworking and design
skills to adapt the banjo skin tightening system
for use on bodhráns. This was initally frowned
on by many but has since become a major development
in bodhran making and is now normal.
As well as using the tightening system for skins
he also tunes these skins. He has influenced rim
dimensions, stick types and the attempts to achieve
musicality in drums.
Seamus began making in 1969 but was put on the right
path by Peadar Mercier of the Chieftains who took time
to teach him.
He has been playing since 1969 and has made recordings
on LP, cassettes, CD's, videos and tv programmes.
His heroes Peadar Mercier, Ringo McDonagh and his good
friend Gino Lupari. He was a member of Roguery the Irish
folkband headed by Joe Diamond and Cliff McKenna, and has recorded on numerous traditional Irish music albums, and has been featured in several television documentaries. He
plays in sessions a lot and has a great love of Irish
and Scottish traditional singers.