Irish traditions

I am part Irish. Listening to music live from Ireland, the thought occurred to me:
1) The drum beat of the bodhran (hand drum) is a tribute to our prehistoric origins.
It's probably the earliest instrument we have, and playing it must be a call to those distant ancestors who built great monuments like Stonehenge and Newgrange in 4000-2000 b.c.
In Africa they say the thumb piano or mbira is what they use to converse with their dead loved ones;
in Ireland it would be the bodhran.

You can listen live
at: http://www.rte.ie/rnag/player_av.html??1,null,200,http://www.rte.ie/smiltest/rnag_new.smil

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