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...
New Manager in Manchester: Stuart Cowley Takes Over Stuart Cowley has joined the Hobgoblin team in Manchester as the new shop manager. He replaces long-serving Ken Thomson who has partially retired, but is still coming in a couple of days each ...read the full story
Definition: (or Dhol) double ended drum traditionally used in weddings across the Indian subcontinent. Introduction: An Indian double ended barrel shaped drum, the Dhol is larger, played with sticks and very loud, while the smaller Dholak is played with hands, and capable of more sophisticated rhythms. They can be either rope or mechanically tensioned. They are used for banghra music, regional folk music and all elebrations and weddings. The Naal is very similar but thinner and longer and has a tabla style head. Read the full World & Folk Drums FAQ Page.