Upcoming Drummed Up Events
Saturday 16th March 2013 2.30-8.30pm - All Day African Drumming Workshop with Mark Barfoot at Charltons Community Centre, Charltons near Guisborough, North Yorkshire TS12 3DA
We will be working on arrangements for Balakulanjan, Yankadi Macru and a new rhythm called Lolo. We will start with group bass drums and then add in djembes. We will look at some solo phrasing for Macru and also some taught solos for Lolo. Mark will be cooking a traditional West African dish (either vegetarian or a vegetarian option will be available) and possibly a cake. Please let him know if you would like food when booking. Cost is £20 preferably payable in advance by bank transfer (please contact Mark for bank details) plus £3 for dinner or £4 for dinner and cake. Bass drums and a limited number of djembes are available but if you have your own then please bring them. Please note that the venue is not easily accessible by public transport but some car sharing is available - currently there are three places with Nick in his car coming from Newcastle in exchange for a contribution towards fuel costs.
Contact Mark on 07900677547 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday March 21st, 28th and April 4th 2013 from 6.30pm onwards - Drummed Up Bass Drum Sessions with Mark Barfoot, Sixth Floor, Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QE
We have been studying 2 rhythms intensively this term - Sabuyala (4/4) and Tasaba (6/8).
In the last few weeks we have been doing group bass drum sessions using both these rhythms. I would like to use these rhythms as warm ups before bringing in some brand new material. The main aim is to play Soli M'barina which Nansady taught at the weekend workshop in Newcastle last July. It's a powerful and exciting rhythm in 6/8 - there are variations to learn for both dunumba and sangban and there are 2 different ken keni parts. It would be helpful for a couple of people to play the djembe accompaniment and calls too. I would like to teach some of the solo parts for the rhythm next term. Depending on time we can also look at:
Woima 4 (kuru nye nye)
Mendiani 4 (accessible 6/8)
Signon (which Nansady taught at the Newcastle workshop in October 2011)
We could also look at the other Drummed Up rhythms -
Tubar (my preference if we only look at one - because we did play this with Sabuyala last term)
If we have a larger pool of bass drummers it makes our group more flexible and it is really informative to
play the bass drum parts as well as learning the djembe.
Entry fee £5 per session or £3 concession.
Monday April 1st 2013 (Easter Monday) 11am-2pm - Children's Heel and Toe Easter Walk, Riverside Sports Pavilion, Chester le Street DH3 3SJ
Performance in aid of children's charity Heel and Toe (www.heelandtoe.org.uk) a North East charity providing therapy to children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities from their centre based in County Durham. Every year the charity holds a sponsored Easter walk to raise vital funds. Last year over 90 children took part in the 1 mile walk and raised over £2,400 on the day. Join in with members of Mark's Durham group to drum for the walkers. We will not be talking part in the walk, we will be stationary and in a sheltered spot. This is a fun, low-pressure performance for a good cause. Some money is available for travel expenses.
Tuesday 30th July to Saturday 3rd August 2013 - African Drum Village, Glenisla, Scotland
Celebrate the primeval and powerful sounds of African drumming, music and arts in the very heart of tranquil Glen Isla. African Drum Village is a 5 day event set in Glenisla, Angus, Scotland. Artists come from all over Africa to teach a variety of musical instruments, song, dance and arts. It is a family friendly festival and designed for total beginners to advanced performers. Many, many festival goers have said its the best festival in the world! All we know is it's fun, friendly, exciting and exhausting! Book now as this year there are limited places available... Every year a large group of us from Drummed Up go to African Drum Village and have a fantastic time - see you there! For more information see the African Drum Village web site.
Sunday 15th September 2013 10am to 1pm - The Great North Run
This is one of the most enjoyable performances in the Drummed Up calendar, with the possibility of appearing on national television! For the eighth consecutive year, Drummed Up will be at their usual location in the white marquee in the lay-by on Park Road, Gateshead - past the McDonalds Drive-Thru, just beyond the blue footbridge and just before Neilson Road (it is the lay-by where the car is parked if you look in Google Street View). Meet at the lay-by between 8.45 and 9am. If you are transporting drums and stands you must display your vehicle pass in your windscreen, otherwise you will not be permitted on site. VEHICLE PASS HOLDERS MUST BE ON SITE BEFORE 9AM OR THEIR VEHICLE PASS WILL NOT BE VALID. Up to two vehicles with passes can park in the lay-by. For all others, parking is available at Gateshead International Stadium. The nearest Metro is Gateshead Stadium. We'll be drumming from 10am, when the wheelchair competitors set off, until at least 12 noon. Bring food and drink, appropriate clothing for the weather and, if possible, a seat.