The Project and the Route

Drum Trek was a crazy idea that became a wonderful reality……read on.


I often dreamed about taking the van and the drums on the road and doing some kind of tour…running a business and managing and delivering training progrsammes for UK Playshop meant time was always against me… I just needed something else to push me…Stainsby Festival was the initial nudge and then Wiston Lodge….Stainsby is a Festival very close to my heart and a place I have been facilitating drum circles at since 2000…last year the festival site came up for sale and I knew that I could do something to make a contribution…around the same time I moved to Wiston Lodge, a venue I have known and loved for many years, to begin a volunteer post to develop Music and Arts for the charity.

Here I was then, with two organisations that required fundraising…both are models of how I believe we can work positively in community….both inspiring in their own ways…both have touched me deeply…moved my spirit if you like….So what to do then…well of course I could fill out an application to The Arts Council’s of England and Scotland or I could follow my bliss and do something I love….Facilitate Drum Circles….All across the UK….A marathon journey with the drum…26 locations ( possibly rising to 28 as of June 14/2015!!!!) from North to South, beginning at John O’Groats in Scotland and ending at Lands End in Cornwall through the summer month of July 2015.

This became a REALITY….over 26 consecutive days I followed the route described below. The blog contains the day by day story and video clips of the circles.

(Footnote: Drumtrek raised £3500 for each of the two charities. Thank You everyone who contributed. It was indeed an Odyssey. One day there will be a book.)


July 3rd Findhorn 7pm-9pm @ The Hinterland Shelter, (  Contact Carol Scorer 07979 787149,

Findhorn Facebook Event Sign Up

July 4th The Isle of Skye 6pm -8pm @ Dunvegan Primary School, Dunvegan,Skye. Contact: Maria Elisa Pelletta 07908093068

Isle of Skye Facebook Event Sign Up

July 5th Edinburgh 7pm-10pm @ The Pavillion Cafe, The Meadows, Edinburgh. Contacts: Mowley Chris 07818 744181 or James Chapman 07790 265883,

Edinburgh Facebook Event Sign Up

July 6th Glasgow 1pm-3pm @ Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, Glasgow, G41 1BA. Contact: Jane Bentley O7759490775

Glasgow Facebook Event Sign Up

July 6th Moffat 8pm-9.30pm Moffat Town Hall, High St, Moffat DG10 9HF. Contact Peter Dreghorn 07810505323

Moffat Facebook Event Sign Up

July 7th Wiston Lodge 5.30pm-6.30pm @ Millrigg Road, Wiston, ML12 6HT. Contact: Meg Beresford 07835 362774  Wiston Lodge 01899 850228

Wiston Lodge Facebook Event Sign Up

July 8th  Carlisle 7pm-9pm @ Morton Manor, Carlisle Contact Nicola Didsbury

Carlisle Facebook Event Sign Up

July 9th Newcastle 7pm-9pm @ Fifth Floor Broadacre House, Market Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 6HQContact Simon Wood O7533096451

Newcastle Facebook Event Sign Up

July 10th Wakefield 7pm-9pm @ Cathedral Centre, Westmorland Street, Wakefield WF1 1PJ.Contact: Brenda Saunders 07946578273

Wakefield Facebook Event Sign Up

July 11th Liverpool Time TBC @ St Lukes Church (also known as the Bombed Out Church) L1 2TR. Contact: Robert Goux 07741278950

Liverpool Facebook Event Sign Up

July 12th Hebden Bridge 11am-1pm @ Salem Community Centre, Central Steet,Hebden Bridge HX7 6HB. Contact: Brian Toberman 07817363254

Hebden Bridge Facebook Event Sign Up

July 13th Brighouse  6.30pm – 7.30pm @ Field Lane primary school, Brighouse HD6 3JT. Contact : Vanessa Dear 01484 713792

Brighouse Facebook Event Sign Up

July 14th Lancaster, 6pm-8pm @ Swains Head Hall farm,Over Wyresdale, Nr Lancaster, LA2 9DN Contact: Kaz Knight

Lancaster Facebook Event Sign Up

July 15th Hull 7pm-9pm @ Spring Bank Community Centre, West Parade, Spring Bank, Hull, HU3 1BX. Contact: Donna Smith 07988 602399 or Mary Cryan,

Hull Facebook Event Sign Up

July 16th Manchester 7.30pm – 9.30pm  St Wilfrids Enterprise Centre, Birchvale Close, Manchester, Greater Manchester M15 5BJ Contact Jonathan Hodgkinson O7967816021

Manchester Facebook Event Sign Up

July 17th Sheffield,7.30pm-9.00pm, The Large Hall, The Old Junior School, South View Road, Sheffield, S7 1DB. Contact Steve Rivers to book a place on O7810406501

Sheffield Facebook Event Sign Up

July 18th-19th Stainsby (Sat and Sun) 12pm -1pm @ Stainsby Festival, Brunts Fields, Stainsby, S44 5RN. Contact: Chris Ellis

Sign Up For Stainsby Circles

July 20th Nottingham 7.15pm-9.00pm @ Mencap, harpendon house, 203 edwards lane- sherwood –NG5 3JA Contact Barry Wakefield O7727706658

Nottingham Facebook Event Sign Up

July 21st Birmingham 6pm-7pm @ Cheswick Green `Villiage Green` Solihull. Contact: Tim Birks Kindred 0751 8084547

Birmingham Facebook Event Sign Up

July 22nd Newtown 8pm-9.30pm@ Wesley Newtown Church Hall, Back Lane, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NH. Contact: Satch Norton 01686 689031

Newtown Facebook Event Sign Up

July 23rd Swansea 7pm-9pm @ St Phillip’s community centre, 11 Clarence Terrace, Swansea SA13 3QT. Contact: Boyd Erlam 07882 906934

Swansea Facebook Event Sign Up

July 24th Pewsey 6pm – 8pm,The outdoor Amphitheatre at Pewsey Vale School
Wilcot Road, Pewsey, Wiltshire SN9 5EW
Contact Alex Miles 07729638144

Pewsey Facebook Event Sign Up

July 25th London 7.30pm – 9.30pm @ Bold Tendencies, Floors 7-10, 95A Rye Lane, London SE15 4TG. Contact: Tom Morley

London Facebook Event Sign Up

July 26th Epsom 2.30pm-4.00pm, @ St Barnabas Church,Temple Rd, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8HA Contact: Ray Watters 07545583366

July 27th 5pm-6pm Cross Way, Clinton Centre,Steyne Road,Seaford. Contact Rupert ‘Jamie’ Morgan O7863159742

July 28th Time TBC  Plain-an-gwarry, St Just, Cornwall.Contact: Jo Eccleston

Cornwall Facebook Event Sign Up

10 thoughts on “The Project and the Route

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  1. Paul John Dear.. Wow! Amazing idea. Will spread the word for London leg of the tour, and of course, you are very welcome to sleep on our sofa if you don’t get any offers nearer to London.


  2. I’m a facilitator in Canada (I took Arthur’s playshop in Hawaii in 2004 I think). Wanted to let you know your drumming tour is very inspiring! You are really rocking out on the drummer’s path! One love, Kat van Groove


    1. Hey Kat Van Groove. Thanks for sharing the love. Please share the Project so that people outside the UK who can’t drum with us can help by donating and spreading the word. One Love. Paul x


  3. Uuuuuu rock! Awesomeness.keep rolling and inspiring.really loved yda.. Thank u for coming to our home ground and letting us share ur cause! Bless u on the roads,bless ur musical and light Paul…. Kathi xxxx


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