California Blog: Music Medicine

7 hours after departure from Bogota I landed at LAX for the second time on my journey. This time I was going to stick around for a couple of weeks. My pal John Fitzgerald was there to greet me at the airport and shuttle me back to his place where I got to reconnect with... Continue Reading →

My Drum Trek Heroines and Heroes.

Whilst I was swanning around these Islands that we all call home, other folk were busy organising, promoting and finding venues and generally doing sterling work to host a leg of Drum Trek On top of that they would feed and water me and provide a bed for my weary head and an internet connection... Continue Reading →

DrumTrek Day 26

The morning of the last leg I had Breakfast at Wendy's. ( Must be a song in there somewhere)  Good strong coffee too. It's a tough life  on the road. 🙂 After brekky we took a good long walk by the sea and then I was back on the road. 20 mins later I was... Continue Reading →

DrumTrek Day 25

As per the last blog I began my day in Seaford at Jamie Morgan's place.He doesn't live in a beach hut by the way 😉 but it's a nice Seaford shot right? We go back a long way and I have a lot of time and huge respect for him. He is like a brother... Continue Reading →

DrumTrek Day 23

After a restful morning breakfast with Alex and Emma (and Ben) I set off for London. Sat Nav said 2.25 hours so I made a wee diversion to Avebury Stone Circle. The main car park had one payment option. Full Day only @ £7. I refused on principle and found a back lane to park... Continue Reading →

DrumTrek Day 22

I left Swansea at midday after a nice chill out with Boyd, Kate and Duffy and headed for Pewsey in Wiltshire and my chance to spend some time with the Miles Clan. Alex,the son, I have met on many an occasion when training with Arthur Hull and his dad Geoff came along once to see... Continue Reading →

DrumTrek Day 21

I left Satch and Susan to head South towards my next destination, Swansea. After stopping for fuel I followed an instinct to move West instead and headed for Machynlleth and then Aberystwyth. I had spent a very happy and formative four years of my life in the early 1980’s living in this part of West... Continue Reading →

DrumTrek Day 20

After the Cheswick Village Green circle I headed West to hook up with long time friend and Taiko drummer James 'Bim' Barrow and his partner Babs. They have a son Luke who I only saw briefly, as he was unwell. Bim and I met in Aberystwyth in the early 80's when we were students at... Continue Reading →

DrumTrek Day 19

During the Stainsby festival I met up with an old friend and Headteacher of a Primary school in Derbyshire. I had worked for 4 years at her school, training the kids to be DCF's (Drum Circle Facilitators) on a funded project called Creative Partnerships, some years back. Creative Partnerships was the UK’s flagship creative learning... Continue Reading →

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