On behalf of the Glasgow Drum Circle team, we hope you and your loved ones are safe at this time.
We wanted to write a post to let you know what’s happening at GDC over the coming weeks and to reassure you that our first priority is that all our drummers are safe and well.
Classes have been temporarily suspended in line with the government guidelines which ends public gatherings of more than two people.
However, we recognise that drumming is an important activity for physical, mental and spiritual well being and (for us at least!) a necessary part of every day living. To that end, we will continue to inspire your drumming by sharing online videos via our Facebook page and WhatsApp group. Keeping active and engaged has never been more important for our community and we’ll keep working to ensure you have access to great drumming tuition throughout the social isolation.
GDC were proud to march in the Sma Shots Parade which took place in Paisley on 7 July 2017.
The parade, which celebrates the political debate between the weavers of Paisley and the manufacturers celebrates its 32 year this year. GDC marched with Unison who used the parade to raise awareness of Grenfell and of the 100 year anniversary of the suffragette movement.
Drummers, Allan, Emma, Fiona, Kerry, Louise, Nadja and Sylvan treated crowds to a rendition of KUKU played on African djembes.
To find out more about how to hire GDC for your parade of festival get in touch
The West African Music Project is in full swing with new members learning both djembe and dun duns. We have four rhythm sets to learn and each with it’s own arrangement, where students get a chance to show what they have learned and play together as group.
It has been very exciting time learning about the origins of these rhythms and the people who first played them and the context that they were played in. In Africa, it appears that no rhythm is ever played for no reason as there is a long tradition of ritual and ceremony associated with each one such as a “coming of age” ceremony or harvest ritual.
We went though quite a few versions of arrangements and drum patterns before we were sure we had the “authentic” one. Thanks to all our friends and fellow teachers who helped with the research.
The video and booklet tuition aids are almost ready with only 3 live performances of our arrangements to film. Student have been working hard learning the notation system and working with the material, which has been specially adapted for beginners.
We will soon be able to offer this complete system for learning to all our new members, for them to use in their study and practice it home.
This will certainly help make more confident drummers and allow us to expand our teaching of new material in the future.
HO ROLLIO! We are very pleased to announce that The Glasgow Drum Circle have been been given lottery funding from “Awards For All” .
This award will be used to develop our West African Music Program of 2015, providing us with new instruments for our classes and enabling us to produce new tuition media for our members.
With our growing number of beginners, keen to learn, they will soon
be able to continue, not only at our Wednesday workshops, but have tuition support for study and practice at home.
You can follow their progress in their preparation to learn a set of arrangements for performance later on in the year in our news updates on this web site .