Had a really good time with Cantamus girls choir, and received the following write up:
"Julie ran a great drumming workshop for Cantamus Training Choir in March. They are working towards a performance of Lin Marsh’s Drum Songs in May, an inspirational set of four songs celebrating the power of rhythms in our lives – the turning earth giving us day and night and changing seasons, the gentle heartbeat linking a mother and her child.
The girls aged between 9 and 14 explored basic hand drumming techniques and rhythm patterns, gaining confidence as the workshop progressed. Julie’s inclusive approach and sense of fun engaged all thirty five of them for more than two hours, and a number found a talent they didn’t know they had. Two drummers are needed for the performances - one to play the doundoun, the other the djembe – there was no shortage of volunteers!
A thoroughly enjoyable workshop for all. Thanks Julie – please come again."
Ran djembe and cajon taster sessions at Sheehan's Learn to Play Day, 31st March - on the same bill as Whitesnake, very exciting! Miss Wright and The Toff also had a performance slot, an exciting new venture that I'll keep for another time ...
A successful weekend in Yellow Bean Studios recording ... please make a note in your diary of Sunday 24 June at The Musician, Leicester, 2-5pm for the cd launch gig! Between now and then we're playing The Old Thatch Inn at Stanton Under Bardon on Friday 27 April, Joules Yard, Market Harborough on Sunday 6 May, a venue in Brixworth, Northants, Wednesday 23 May and Syston Jubilee event on Saturday 2 June...
BACKWATER AND PHIL RILEY
Gigs, feature spots and open mics continue. Upcoming is the George and Dragon at Broughton Astley (postponed from yesterday, when we played The Tom Thumb in Blaby instead) on Saturday 14 April. Phil and I are working on some new duo material.
And now, I'm out of time! But I must just leave you with an image taken at the Cantamus workshop - it epitomises my teaching style, and is a great time keeper!