Hans Sutton workshop in Newcastle 28-29th November

Im really excited to tell you that Hans Sutton is coming to teach in Newcastle for the first time!

Many of you will know Hans or have heard of his skill as a teacher. Highly experienced and an excellent communicator he brings a wealth of knowlege of Malian rhythms in particular but also of many rhythms from across West Africa.

From my own experience learning with Hans he provides enjoyable and challenging material to players of all levels

Please help us make this a memorable weekend by coming along and spreading the word to your drumming friends.

We will be learning rhythms for dunun (dununba, sangban ken keni) and djembe. Realistically, this is not a workshop for complete beginners but drummers wishing to improve their skills and understanding will really benefit from attending.

We will be learning dunun and djembe on both days. Hans is very skilled at helping people improve their technique from the basics upwards and is full of useful tips and exercises to help players progress.

We won’t run short of material!

Drums and equipment
We have a decent collection of duns but please bring your own and stands,sticks, bells and beaters if you have them. If you need to borrow a djembe please let me know in advance so I can bring enough. We will double up on bass drums if necessary but it would be useful to know who is bringing bass drums and who might need to borrow one.

For previous workshops I have cooked a meal for a small fee on one or both days. I was thinking of an African vegetable stew with peanut sauce, rice and peas and maybe a cake. If you are interested please let me know and I will know if its viable or not.
You are welcome to bring your own food. I will confirm whether we have access to the kitchen on Monday.

1 day £30 or £25 concession for low income
2 days £55 or £50 concession
Food £5 per person per meal

Saturday 11am -5pm with a lunch break and tea break(s).
Sunday 10.30-4.30pm with a lunch break and tea breaks(s).

We will provide tea and coffee, juice and biscuits.

The Venue
Cowgate Centre, Houghton Avenue, Cowgate, Newcastle, NE5 3HY

The centre is close to the A1, A696 and is just off West Road about 10 minutes drive from Newcastle City Centre. There is a large car park too and the building is very accessible.

Newcastle is 2h 20 mins drive from Edinburgh
1h 15 from Carlisle
2 hours from Leeds
and has good rail links too.

If you need to stay and are travelling from afar please get in touch and we will see what we can do. There are also cheap rooms at Premier Inns and Holiday Inns nearby.

If any local drummers are happy to put up visiting drummers please make a comment on this page.

Booking for the workshop:

email mark.djembe.barfoot@gmail.com and I will send you a booking form.

Deadline for bookings is 15th November. Place is not confirmed until money is received. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Thanks and see you there.

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