Hobgoblin offers you a unique range of unusual and exciting acoustic and folk instruments from all over the world at great prices. Every item has been chosen to give the best quality at each price level. So give us a call, buy here online, or visit one of our music shops, and we’ll do our best to help you find the instrument you want. You pay the same price whether you buy online or in our shops, we don't add charges for paying by card.
* To give beginners a chance to take up a folk instrument, as well as to provide the best for those who already play.
* To encourage people to discover and enjoy their own musical heritage & all types of folk music now played in these islands.
* To help keep music live, by making real acoustic instruments widely available at affordable prices, and sponsoring live events.
* To encourage people to make music themselves, by taking up a musical instrument. You are never too young or too old to start!
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Hobgoblin Music was founded in 1976 by Mannie and Pete McClelland while searching for a concertina for her to play. Many other interesting instruments came to light and the search grew into a business as they discovered they were not the only ones who wanted to buy folk instruments, but couldn’t find any. read more...
Festival fever reaches our Brighton shop! With Glastonbury announcing their dates and acts last week, we thought it would be the appropriate time to announce the line up for our Brighton shop's Festival events.
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Definition: west African harp lute, popular in Gambia and Senegal. It has a skin stretched across a large gourd, a wooden neck and gut or nylon fishwire strings stretched across a tall bridge. Played somewhat like a harp. Introduction: The kora is a traditional West African instrument, used to pass on stories and legends from one generation to the next in the oral tradition. It has 21 strings, often made from fishing line, and it resonating chamber is a calabash that's been cut in half then covered with cow skin. The left thumb is used for bass lines, the right thumb for chordal accompaniment and the index fingers of each hand a... Read our Harps FAQ Page or go to the Hobgoblin Instrument Info and FAQ Menu.