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   Tidal Beats is a community drumming organisation based in Blackpool. During 2017 we will be running a project (for which we are lucky enough to have received a grant from The Big Lottery Fund) which we are calling 'Beat The Blues'. We'll be running regular drum circle sessions, playing live at some public events, and taking group members to the Lake District for a residential weekend trip in September 2017.

This project is based on our experiences of the beneficial aspects of group drumming; scientific research to support this can be found here.

If you'd like to catch a performance from Tidal Beats in 2017, you can see us here:
   Sunday 11th June
   - Highfield Road Park, Blackpool (Community Fun Day, 12pm)
   Sunday 25th June
   - St. John's Square, Blackpool (Amnesty Refugee Week event, 12pm)
   Saturday 16th September
   - Claremont Park Community Centre, Blackpool (community event, times to be confirmed)
   Saturday 14th October
   - AFRA Black History Month event, Brun Grove Working Men's Club, Blackpool, 7.30pm

 

   Tidal Beats want to spread the pleasure of drumming to everybody we can, and do this in a number of ways:

 


view photographs of the drum circle

click to see large poster

   Running a Community Drum Circle
We run a drum circle on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, at Claremont Park Community Centre (The Old Library, Claremont Road, Blackpool, FY1 2QJ - map). The entrance to the car park is opposite Fielding Road, at its junction with Claremont Road.
The next session is on
Tuesday 5th September 2017, 7-9pm.

Everybody's welcome, from experienced players to absolute beginners - we believe that if you have a heartbeat, you have a sense of rhythm!
We have plenty of instruments available for use (hand drums, shakers, bells and more) or you're welcome to bring your own. We usually split the sessions between learning traditional African rhythms and playing in an improvisational style, where the only rule is to listen to others and work together.

Please click the image on the left to see photos of the drum circle, or click the leaflet to see a full-size version.

For an excellent write-up of one person's experience of attending Tidal Beats drum circles, please visit the Elephant, Creative Thinking website.

 

   Rehearsal recordings
To hear rough recordings of some of the rhythms we're currently playing, click here.

 


view photographs of drum sessions
   Leading drum circles and African drumming sessions
We have worked in many schools, youth clubs and community centres, and also at a variety of events - from small community celebrations to large corporate functions - for both educational purposes and, of course, purely for entertainment!
Drumming in a group helps people to learn a variety of skills, such as teamwork, the ability to compromise, co-operation and consideration for others, as well as body skills like co-ordination, self-discipline and listening. Group drumming also increases self-confidence and generates a great feeling of achievement - creating something bigger than the sum of its parts can be very empowering.
Please click the image on the left to see photos of African drumming sessions.

If you would like to know how we might be able to work with your group, please contact us (see below for details). Our group leaders are community arts workers, each with over thirty years' experience.

 


view photographs of the drum bash weekend

 

   Organising an annual 'Drum Bash' weekend
In late September, in the four years from 2009 - 2012, we booked Eskdale Youth Hostel in the Western Lake District, Cumbria, and took over their premises for a weekend of djembe drumming and percussion sessions (both taught and improvised), music evenings with world groove DJ John Tree and live percussion, plenty of social time and relaxation - and we even tried to teach some circus skills!
In September 2015, thanks to support from The Big Lottery Fund, we ran another 'Drum Bash Weekender'.
Please click the image on the left to see photos of the drum bash weekend through the years (and watch a video of 'Everything & the Kitchen Sink', the interactive junk music sculpture, in use on the front lawn of the hostel).

We have booked to go again in 2017, from Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th September.

 


click here for details of the tour
   Everything & the Kitchen Sink 'Out & About' Tour
During the summer of 2013 we ran a series of events throughout the Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde area, creating recycled ramshackle rhythms using 'Everything & the Kitchen Sink', our interactive junk percussion music sculpture. We were lucky enough to have been financially supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, meaning that we could make the events free for everybody, and over the eleven dates approximately 1200 people joined in with us.

For photographs, our write-up, comments people made and an edited version of the Preston FM radio show that featured the tour, please click the image on the left.

 

    'Drum Out Depression' Project
In 2015 we were lucky enough to be awarded a grant from The Big Lottery Fund for our 'Drum Out Depression' project, which ran from May 2015 to May 2016. 
To read about the project please see the evaluation page here, where there's a brief diary, some comments made by people who joined in, and links to photographs taken during the year.

 

   Tidal Beats was set up in 2009 with Lottery (Awards for All) funding. It was initially run by John Tree, one of the founder members of an organisation called BPM - Blackpool Promoting Music - which has now ceased to be.
Tidal Beats sessions are now run by a small team of people with over 30 years' experience of community arts and group work, long histories of involvement in creating music, and backgrounds in youth and community work (having worked extensively for local and county councils' Youth & Community Services).

 

 

For more information please e-mail us,
or telephone 01253 348410.

 

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