Mike Hackett, Bodhrán, Ceol na Coille Summer School, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland, Summer School Irish Traditional MusicMike Hackett – Bodhrán

Ethnomusicologist Mike Hackett is a graduate of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Whilst studying at UL Mike was tutored by some of the finest exponents of the Bodhrán including Tommy Hayes, Mel Mercier and Donal Lunny.
For his BA in Irish Music he studied under Jim Higgins and developed a style of ‘harmonic rhythm’ that accentuated the use of the ‘voice-hand’ to seek out and exploit the drum’s lower frequencies and harmonics.
In the final year of his undergraduate he collaborated with bodhrán maker Rob Forkner to develop an experimental bodhrán made from composite materials with patching on the skin to emulate the Indian Tabla increasing the bodhrán’s harmonic potential.
For his MA Ethnomusicology this style further through a wide variety of World Musics.
His Influences include Frank Torpy, Brian Morrissey and Damian Quinn.
He has performed and taught bodhrán internationally and is a co-ordinator of the Kincora Trad Fest in Killaloe/Ballina.