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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Great Percussion in Newcastle!

I’m sure many people must have been as enthralled as I was by the 2 young lads doing percussion in Northumberland Street the other day.  Not for them the standard snare drums and cymbals, they use recycled materials and massive amounts of ingenuity.
There were flat pans of all sizes, a wooden stand with bells attached, and one of those wooden sound boxes which the player would normally sit on.  I peeped through the hole in the back and saw what looked liked woolly jumpers stuffed inside, presumably to give a softer sound quality.  Lance tells me that drummers sometimes do this with bass drums – honestly, the things you find out by talking to jazz enthusiasts!  The other lad was beating on buckets of various sizes with his drumsticks, and hitting what looked like those large plastic paint containers as well. He also had a collection of toy drums and tambourines.  They sat on rugs and, of course, sometimes they simply needed to hit the ground with the drumsticks.  Their rhythms were exciting and they were obviously enjoying themselves, and their equipment presumably cost nothing.  I just wish I’d been able to get a photo.  Watch out for them!
Ann Alex   

1 comment :

cptfinch said...

I've seen them too Ann , thanks for pointing it out.

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