Gratitiude

It’s dark and winter has fallen upon us in Scotland. Shorter days and longer nights. The desire to hibernate always rises up. It’s the Bear in me. Sleep and then sleep some more. There is a lot going on in the world wherever you sit on the political or environmental spectrum. A lot. Interesting times.

What a summer that was!

Where to even think about beginning? It has flown by and that is always a good sign methinks. Stainsby Festival once more provided the perfect platform for a wonderful summer. Two amazing circles and a gig on the main stage with the now legendary house band, completed a fine weekend. Some time in Hebden Bridge

Horseshoes and Weddings

The association of horseshoes and good luck is as old as the hills: in many cultures, hanging a horseshoe over a door was thought to bring good luck to the occupants. That tradition crept into weddings, too, and the story goes that brides would carry a horseshoe on their wedding day to bring good luck

The Joy in Play

It really isn’t work. It’s play. Drumming. It can be serious. Very much so, but it is essentially playing. We play music…and sometimes it plays us. Since my return from Malaysia I have been playing weekly with my Glasgow group, working with pre-school children, sitting in on a wonderful traditional style Ceilidh, with songs, stories

It’s all in the stories

I have just completed the second Expressive Rhythm Stories Training Program in Kuala Lumpur for participants to learn how to tell ERS. On the tin it says that we will enable you to take ERS into the education sector and deliver exciting and engaging ERS sessions. Throughout the program we learn the skills and techniques

Drum Trek

26 drum circles……In 26 days. Findhorn…… Aberdeen….. Edinburgh…… Glasgow…… Wiston…….. Carlisle…… Newcastle Upon Tyne…. Wakefield Hull…. Leeds…… Hebden Bridge…. Preston…. Liverpool…. Manchester… Sheffield…. Stainsby (2 days)… Nottingham….. Birmingham….. Newtown…. Swansea…. Cardiff…. Bristol….. London…Brighton…. Lands End……. As a drum circle facilitator I have been very fortunate to have connected up with a UK wide network of