“My introduction to drumming began many years ago when I took my kids to a local community festival. I could hear drums playing and remember feeling compelled to find the source of that music. King Marong had a drum circle set up encouraging people to play and the organic sound of the drums with the mellow, hypnotic rhythm of the duns in the background was the best thing I’d ever heard.
I knew I had to learn more so I booked in and started a six week course with King which whet my appetite for all things drumming. I then had classes at Underbelly in Fitzroy, predominantly a dance school, and it was here that I realised drumming isn’t just about the music, it’s also about community.
Amidst the whirl of belly dancers our tight knit drumming class would have lessons each week and then retire to the pub to hatch a plan of how we could incorporate our love of drumming with more altruistic pursuits. And so Purple Dog Rhythms was born, a group of possibly not so great drummers who played at low key events and raised money to restore the sight of people in Ethiopia.
I continued learning djembe with Ben Coleman and then ventured into the world of the duns for a while when I moved to classes at Camberwell and Jeremy became my teacher, rather than my fellow student. These days I’m not as involved in drumming as I used to be, although I still make it to classes and I would miss the music and my drum peeps so much if it wasn’t part of my life. I still love drumming – and that’s 10 years on!”
PS – That’s Glenda with the djembe!