Bobby Magreechan's lambeg drum booklet - The Ulster Drum, has on the front cover this collection of 'stamps' on the front cover! Strange you may think, but not if you are part of the lambeg drum culture.
The skins are every bit as important as the shell itself - if you have the right shell and an equally the right pair of skins (heads) you may well have the perfect combination. It does not happen too often, but when you get the right combination it is a tremendous sound and feeling.
There are many secrets attached to the lambeg drumming tradition - none more so than the skins and the secret potions / methods used to prepare the skins.
Here are just a selection of skin producers through the generations.