When Drums Talk: Jeremy Sibson

Drumkit, Bodhran, and Percussion performer/educator from Tasmania Australia

Listening to Jeremy Sibson is awe inspiring. He can play the percussion instruments to make them tonal-even emotionally delicate! His collection of various drums can make a percussionist drool.  Just take a look at his gallery. His repertoire extends beyond Celtic to include Broadway, Jazz and even Modern Rock. Other than being a musical performer, he has also written and engineered tracks for other artists. I attached two videos. The first one is at a recent Cygnet Folk Festival. The second one is from Miss Saigon.

A Bodhrán Solo by Jeremy Sibson of WhistleBlower performing at the 2012 Cygnet Folk Festival

After seeing the massive percussion set-up for Miss Saigon, a lot of people were curious to see Jeremy and Robert in action. Here’s your chance. First of 3 videos from the Hobart season of Miss Saigon. October 2009. This is the percussion 2 part as played by Jeremy Sibson on opening night.


Website update:

Jeremy Sibson’s current project is a huge one. He is in the process of writing an article on Tipper Grip for various styles of music that Bodhrán Players come across. This involves sending out a survey form to hundreds of Bodhrán players around the world and then compiling their answers and PoV photos and then trying to make sense of the findings. This is on-going as the questionnaires are still coming in. The questionnaire is located below this article for those of you who wish to be part of this survey. Just copy and paste into Word (or similar), fill out, attach your PoV photos, and then email back to me at the address below.

Bodhrán Grip Questionnaire.

  1. Do you use more than one “grip” or style?
  2. Do you often use more than one tipper? If so, how many and what sort (ie: Maker’s brand or description)
  3. What brand/type of Bodhrán do you usually use?
  4. Do you use more than one Bodhrán for your usual gig?
  5. Do you have a favourite Bodhrán?
  6. Do you use different Bodhráns for different musical situations? If so, can you describe why you would use the various drums for the different circumstances.
  7. Can you please attach a clear photo showing the grip/s you use for holding the tipper in each and every style you play (eg: Top End, Kerry Style, etc.)

Thank you very much,

Jeremy Sibson

Please return this questionnaire to: jeremysibson@hotmail.com


2 Replies to “When Drums Talk: Jeremy Sibson”

  1. That bodhran solo was fabulous! I’m always amazed at the sounds and feelings this instrument can produce. I loved the video from Miss Saigon was great!! But he is really something – I had no idea how in tune with the production musicians must be to make the show all come together!

    As to all the instruments used by percussionists that I have seen in action at the symphony in the past. There is an amazing percussionist called Evelyn Glennie, a deaf woman from Scotland who is really something. Watching her was a concert in itself!


    1. I am glad that someone in my ‘neighborhood’ plays this well 😉 I remember the interview I did for bodhran maker Christian Hedwitschak. The instrument has come a long way. It has gotten so big, so deep and tonal.Music makers and instrumentalists are working hand in hand to make the music grow and evolve. I also like Evelyn Glennie. That woman is really amazing.


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