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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.
Tidal Beats want to spread the pleasure of drumming to everybody we can, and do this in a number of ways:
Running a Community Drum
Everybody's welcome, from experienced players to absolute beginners
- we believe that if you have a heartbeat, you have a sense of rhythm!
For an excellent write-up of one person's experience of attending Tidal Beats drum circles, please visit the Elephant, Creative Thinking website.
To hear rough recordings of some of the rhythms we're currently playing, click here.
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.
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.
& 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).
more information please e-mail