Our friends from the Band Factory and beyond are kindly hosting a number of workshops over the weekend. Come and have a go at some of the instruments you've always wanted to try, but never had the chance!
All workshops are open to ALL AGES and are BEGINNER FRIENDLY. The best bit is that they're completely FREE for festival attendees!
Workshops are held in the upstairs studio, away from the fun and frivolities downstairs.
if you have any queries about the Workshops at our festival, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 16th SEPTEMBER
For more information about each of the workshops, click their name to be linked to their individual bios below.
Samba Drumming Workshop
Foul beasts await, beings of metal and skin, upstairs at the The Band Factory - waiting for you to bash them and make some groovy noises.
Join Sam as he guides you through the basics of samba drumming, and together we shall conjure a groove so catchy and hot, we may need to phone a few fire engines in advance.
No experience necessary!
African Djembe Drumming Workshop with Ansoumana ‘Vieux’ Bakayoko
Originally from Senegal with mixed Malian and Guinean heritage, Vieux is an outstanding performer known and respected internationally.
Vieux has years of experience: leading many ballet troupes, creating and performing complex musical arrangements and ‘marking’ the beautiful dance as part of the ‘Senegalese ballet’.
Vieux is a master musician and a teacher as well as a performer. A djembe player and musical director, he also plays and teaches doundoun (trio of drums to accompany djembes), bolon (the West African base harp) and krin (wooden log drum form Guinea).
His djembe workshops take you to the heart of this ancient tradition and all his students are encouraged to understand not just the djembe but the doundoun and the songs and the meaning of each piece they learn.
Vieux is equally at home on the corporate stage, and the primary school classroom, both teaching or performing.
To contact Vieux, please email email@example.com or call him on 07518 750 179.
Monkey Music - Music Workshop for Babies/Children
This one-off special session from Monkey Music is designed for Babies and Children, because why should the adults have all the fun?!
We're starting it right at the beginning of our Saturday event day, ahead of the main hustle and bustle.
Children - please bring your parents with you! (Children can't be left unattended sorry).
The first session is at 12:00 and is for the little ones aged 0-2, with the second session for 2+ years from 12:30.
The age groups are pretty 'loose' so you can attend both sessions if you want to!
If you want to stay on for the festival afterwards, we are a family friendly event; we even have a family room with sofas and changing/bottle warming facilities should you need a break from it all.