Wednesday, 5 February 2014

New Classes Starting Thursdays 2014 11 - 12am

Henley Grange Community Centre will be hosting another ten week Drum Circle for everyone to come to from 11-12am.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Look out for the red marque, i will be Selling Drums, Digeridoos and Home Made English Handy Crafts at Henley Organic Market (Saturday Mornings), Semaphore Market (1st Sunday of each month) and Adelaide Night Markets.  Email for more info and dates or book me for a performance or demonstration.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013


We meet twice a week every Thursday lunchtime 12.30 - 1.30pm and every Wednesday evening from 7 - 8pm at Henley/Grange Community Centre - 196a Military Rd, Henley Beach, Adelaide.  Drums supplied Cost is $10.  All ages and abilities are welcome, really friendly bunch from all walks of life.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Goddess Sound Meditation

Transcend into a vibrational meditation accompanied with live musical instruments to take you deeper into your journey.  Jo is a Reiki Master with a passion for channelling healing and sound through digeridoo, drum, tibetan singing bowls and other percussion.  Wednesdays at Henley Grange Community Centre 9.30 am.  Bookings also taken for private groups.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013


Congratulations to Our Lady Queen of Peace School for being the first to book an hour and half drumming workshop with 50 children in April 2013. Am really looking forward to meeting everyone and creating some funky rhythms.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

5 Week Beginners Drum Circle

Beginners Drum Circle - Henley Grange Community Centre, 196a Military Rd, Henley Beach SA5022 - beginning Thursday 14th March 12.30pm till 1.30pm Cost $10 All ages and abilities welcome, instruments provided or BYO. We will explore various hand drums and percussion and learn how to play them, then learn how to listen and play them together to create some real community rhythms.

Friday, 16 March 2012

The Drum Fairys on Tour !

Thank you ladies for a wonderfull evening at Annabelles for International Womens Day.

The Morley Arms, Laira Bridge, Plymouth

The Morley Arms is our new venue, its working really well, we are in the conservatory area, which means in the summer we can play to the sun going down. We have had 3 sessions there which have all been packed with community drummers. Keep coming and having fun folks.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Summer 2012

We've had a fab summer drumming on beeches, festivals, church's, Zoo's, Cliff tops, and all manner of wonderfull places. We will be celebrating saying goodbye to Wednesdays at Elburton Village Hall and welcoming our new sessions at the Ship Inn at Elburton which will be held on the last Wednesday of each Month 6.30 till 8.30 Starting in September 2011, the cost will be the same at £5 and little people are welcome.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

New 8 Week Courses

Both courses are at Stoke Damerel Community Parish Hall Plymouth and start on 2nd June 2011, the first will run from 11am till 12.30pm and is for Special needs adults only

The Second course is at the same venue on the 2nd June and will run from 1pm till 2pm it is aimed at all ages and abilities.
You will need to book your place for both courses.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Evening Herald Write up

Drums help students make themselves heard
PEOPLE who struggle to communicate have been learning about fun ways to make themselves heard.

Jo Richards runs a community music group using African drums to help people to learn new skills and gain confidence.

And she realised that people with conditions like Down's Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy can also benefit from the fun - and loud - music sessions.

"I set up a community drumming group three years ago as a way of having a bit of fun but teachers and therapists began coming along and realised that it was helping their own communications, learnings and social skills," said the 39-year-old from Elburton.

"From there I have set up many groups working with elderly communities, schools and health groups."

Armed with her drums, Jo takes her music throughout the city and has even performed at local events including Plymstock Festival and Plymouth Car Show.

Once a week the sound of drum beats can be heard at the Stoke Damerel Community Centre where Jo holds her special education needs course.

"I like to see the connection that rhythm can make with people who speak or don't speak, are blind, deaf or physically disabled," she said.

"Music is a universal language that we can all share.

And Jo added that many of those taking part don't even realise they are learning important communication skills.

"The students on this course really look forward to the classes and so do their support workers and carers," she said.

"They have so much fun they don't realise that they are communicating with one another using non-verbal skills."

For more information about the group, visit

Tuesday, 11 January 2011


6-8 Wednesday 19th January 2011 - Elburton Village Hall,Plymouth, we will be holding our first family friendly drum circle. All instruments are provided. Come along and learn to make some in the moment music with us. Relaxed and informal.

Thursday, 6 January 2011


This 10 week course will run on Thursdays at Stoke Damerel Centre from 11 till 12 noon. Beginning on 13th Jaunuary 2011. Initally taking on 20 students. You must be over 18.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Wednesday, 8 September 2010


Saturday 11th September 2010 from 6.30 - 9.30
We will be playing at this charity event at 7.00 for 20 minutes (ish)

Thursday, 26 August 2010



Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Denbury Primary........You rock!!!

Thankyou, children and staff for such a fantastic experience, Tracy Hart (Head Teacher) you are a legend.
There is such a need for more schools to be as creative and as forward thinking as you guys.
Also thank you to parents for joining in dancing with your kids.

Families from up n down the road joining in!!!!!

......The front doors opened and families who lived along the same road, got together to make some noise!!!! Steady on people thats called impromtu music making!!

The runners struggled, sweaty and exausted up the hill, some stopping for a dance, some waving their hands in the air to the beat, others shouting "thank you"

Well done everyone who supported and everyone who ran the Plymouth half marathon.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Tavistock Half Marathon

Sunday 18th April - We will be playing for 2 hours - prepare for another Drumathon

Skinning Drums

I Have now learned to skin drums, a very long process that takes alot of patients and a few days. Thanks to Danny (my secret shaman for sharing the process with me)

Sunday, 14 March 2010

The Guild Hall March 2010 - Multicultural Celebration

First performance for a lot of you, well done, it went really well, click on the 4 links to see yourself on video, Have already recieved feedback on how we can improve, dont forget to give me your comments.





Monday, 1 February 2010



Friday, 8 January 2010

Fort Stamford Workshop 30th Jan 2010

I will be holding a beginners drumming workshop at Fort Stamford Health club from 1 till 3ish in the afternoon cost is £10. We will be learning rhythms and songs from Ghana, Guine and Cameroon.

Plymouth Guild - Active for life

Thanks guys we had a fantastic music making session, you really made my heart feel happy xx

Monday, 30 November 2009


Thanks guys for a great workshop at PMZ, this will help us to learn the song.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Keveral Farm

Thanks to all the residents at Keveral Farm who allowed us to play and dance on their amazing farm in their beautiful barn. Especailly thanks to Martin, you play fantastic doumbek, djembe and anything else that makes a noise, and thanks to Marie for organising all that food, and of course Yasmin. I love you guys x

Maternity Drumming

They drummed and drummed in hope that those funky beats would encourage a twinge, a kick, a contraction even, but no, nothing, baby loves mommy far too much to come out on time!!!! Daddy thinks that it may be him thats pregnant!!! Hang on in there guys xxx

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Bellydance/Drum Fusion

We played for the belly dance sisters at the Guild Hall African celebration on Saturday night, they shimmyed, we drummed, it sounded and looked great, What a fab fusion.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Straight out of Compton

With around 200 people and only room for standing we did a grand job, the singing and call and response from the audience was fantastic and the drumming was sharp, well done guys. We've never been clapped so loudly and for so long, and appreciated so much....And what great food .....Officially "the best gig so far!"

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Plymstock Festival 2009

Yes its that time again, what a great time Cath drum, Tim dread, Angi love, Mary music N Jocey babe drummed their lil young hearts out, kids got up and started breakdancing, some peeps even sang along, goodness we even got a few claps, whatever next!!! Lets hope some of the audience have taken some inspiration from you guys!!!

Monday, 7 September 2009

Yes we drummed in the rain at the Girl Guide Pow Wow on Plymouth Hoe, Hospital Radio kindly put us on their PA and we went on to play drums with the Hare Krishnas in Plymouth city Centre who kindly gave us a Tofu curry, Thanks Guys what a fab bunch of happy bouncy people. Soon to come will be the link to Timo's live radio show that we did in the evening, with a bit of African drumming, singing, rapping and jamming!!

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Diary Dates

Saturday 5th September 2009 - Jammin on the Hoe from 1.30 to 2.30 meet by smeatons tower for South West Girl guides movement. All welcome including your friends n family.

Weds 9th September 2009 - Drumming class In Elburton Village Hall starts again. 6-7 (sorry had to put it up by a pound so its now £5 per sesh)

Saturday 19th September 2009 - Plymstock Festival 11.30 till 12.00 - All Welcome.

Saturday 26th September 2009 - Wembury Beech Party - All Welcome.

Friday 9th October 2009 6.30 to 7.00 - Efford Church Payment by way of a freshly cooked meal afterwards - Advanced group only.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

We made it into the Herald again! what a fab time we all had at Pearn House, and what a wonderfull and uplifting place. We are due to play at the Ship in Elburton on Saturday 8th July at 2pm for a family fun day to help raise money for war hero's. The second (advanced) class was due to begin in September but due to a mix up with the Hall that will no longer be happening, so there will only be the one class from 6 till 7.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Drum Elburton on tour

We met the katakasitsi drummers, they were truley inspirational, amazing vocals and drumming, and they let us av a go on their drums, see the dreds drumming!!


The last class for the summer will be weds 15th July, back again on Weds 9th September 09.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Cath Yeah Mon leading Drum Elburton Lord Mayors Day

I got emailed a vid of you guys performing on Lord Mayors day (without me!) you look ab fab, click on da links!! there's a part 1 & 2!! Well done you guys xx

Hope its gonna work!!!

Thursday, 4 June 2009

CH CH CH CHANGES - Turn n face the change

As from September there will be two groups running, a beginners group from 6-7 and an advanced group from 7.10-8.10 the cost will be £5 per session.

The beginners group will be working on getting a firm grounding in african rhythms, lyrics, working on tempo, memory, patterns, confidence building, along with a few of the simpler chakra thythms.

The Advanced group will already be confident and have a strong grounding working on technique and more complicated rhythms, this space and time will also be open to new ideas and cultural combinations involving chanting, dancing, new instruments and aiming at putting a set together for performances.

Ohh there they go!!!......................Another lot coming !!!

Plymouth Half Marathon - Here they come!!

Well done those of you who ran the Marathon and well done those of you who drummed the Drumathon, we had uncountable "thank-you's" from the runners, it really restored my faith in humankind, what a great atmosphere, thanks to everyone who shared their energy on that beautifull day.

Iko Iko Page

Iko Iko Page

Thursday, 9 April 2009


Plymouth Half Marathon - 24 May 09 Elburton Rd 10am
Lord Mayors Day 30 May 09 12.30 City Centre
Hooe Green 27 June 09 2.30
Plymstock Festival 19 September 09

Tuesday, 31 March 2009


There will be no wednesday druming group on the 15th April 09 as you clearly are all concentrating too hard and need a rest!!!!!!! OHHH i know you love it back on the following week as normal 6-7 xxx

Monday, 23 March 2009

Hooe Green Fayre

We have been invited to perform for half an hour on Saturday 27th June at Hooe Green, with a half hour public workshop afterwards for any keen members of the public. Let me know if any of you drum elburton dudes or afro beaters are available to make some noise!!!

Thursday, 12 March 2009

We had a gig on Monday night at Vue 2 at some crazy Salsa dance off where some showey blokey was dancing on bottles! Thanks to the Gambians who joined us and for keeping it real!!

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Tubab Muso djembe rhythms

Listen to this page for rhythm samples lolo sounds good!! Tubab Muso djembe rhythms

Cultural Context for Djembé Rhythms

This page is great for meanings of rhythms Cultural Context for Djembé Rhythms

Lyrics and Social

We have been invited to the Ivybridge groups evening social event in The Chapel, Chapel Place, Ivybridge on Friday 13th March (lucky) the last one was great fun and its a good opportunity to learn more rhythms and meet fellow drummers. Let me know if you wanna go and we can arrange a car share up and back.

Phonetically speaking, the words to the song we were practising today are: Wala wala wala, unday unday unday (repeat) c low c low ya ya ala mundum (repeat)

Saturday, 31 January 2009

Next Event

24th May 2009 we will be drumming on Elburton Road for the Plymouth Half Marathon, aim to be at mine for 9.30 and we should be able to catch the racing snakes early!!! will probably last for about 3 hours, so will be a bit of a drum a thon for us, i will put up gazebo n find a couple of chairs for your bottoms, we got a a couple of months to put a set together. This one is always fun and great practise tis is also great for confidence boosting!!!

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Shiny stars at Star Mountain

There's those crazy drummers from the Star Mountain Workshop, thanks John, great photo of you all. Your now here for the whole world to see, Happy 2009!

Saturday, 27 December 2008

2009 drumming

Happy New Year, Drumming starts again on wednesday 21st January 09 6-7 EVH

Monday, 17 November 2008

Barbican Christmas Celebration

We was captured by a bunch of filfthy barbican pirates on Saturday, who thought they could steal our treasure, but we tricked em n hijacked their boat "The Earl of Pembrock" and drummed till thier ears dropped off!!
First time Elburton and Ivybridge have played together, and it was fab (no rehersals either!) Shiver me timbers!!