Bocs Cân Idris

(Idris' song box)


I'm looking to set up a small project group in the new Shed Egryn where we will each make a simple stringed musical instrument based on the old fretted zithers of the 15th to 19th Centuries. I have in mind the sort of instrument that the rural communities around Europe and in the New World would have made at home to entertain themselves. Something that would be suitable for playing the old Welsh hymns, folk songs and the twmpath tunes that were carried to Llanegryn parish each year by the Romani Cymreig.  We'll use reclaimed woods and simple tools. No specialist skills needed; just a good eye to cut planks and decorate the box and a good ear to set the frets and tune the instrument.

So if you'd like to build your own Bocs Cân Idris and learn how to play the old Welsh tunes give me a call.

Robin Clark Bodegryn, tel 712671

News Update

21 Sep 18 - Robin Clark will be available at Shed Egryn from 1930 on both Mon 24 Sep and Tues 25 Sep 18.

10 Aug 18 - Robin Clark will be available at Shed Egryn from 1930 on Mon 13 Aug and then again on Tue 21 Aug.

24 July 18 - Thanks to all those who attended one of the two initial briefings for the project.  If you look at the top of this page you'll see a link to a Summary of the Initial Briefing Sessions.

INTRODUCTION TO THE PROJECT: We are going to hold two introductory sessions for the Bocs Can Idris project.  The first will be on Tues 17th of July at 1930 in Shed Egryn.  The second will be on Mon 23rd July at 1930 in Shed Egryn.  The second will be a repeat of the first to give as many folks as possible the chance to attend either.

Here is the old Welsh tune Cadair Idris played on a simple fretted zither to get you in the mood for building your own!