Drummed Up - Who We Are

"The best thing for me is the way Drummed Up has improved the lives of so many people."

Mark Barfoot, Drummed Up teacher

Drummed Up African Drumming Workshops performanceDrummed Up is a not-for-profit, open and inclusive community West African drumming group based in Newcastle upon Tyne in the north east of England.

The group has been active since 2002 and, over the years, more than 300 people from across the north east have joined in to rehearse and perform exciting and dynamic African drumming rhythms.

We run African drumming workshops in the centre of Newcastle at Broadacre House, Market Street, every Thursday evening from 6.30 to 9.30pm and we regularly perform in and around the Newcastle area. We constantly welcome new members from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities. Our African drumming workshops are very relaxed and complete beginners are always welcome.

African drumming is a fun, high-energy activity which is suitable for all. We start with warm ups and basic technique and learn different African drumming rhythms on djembés (African hand drums) and bass drums (with sticks). You don't need to be a musician or to already be able to play a musical instrument to join in - and you don't need your own African drum either, as we have plenty of spare ones to go around.

In addition to African drumming workshops and performances, the group serves a hugely valuable role in many members' lives. Drummed Up is an opportunity to meet new people, be creative musically, build self-confidence and self-esteem and become part of a thriving community. We organise residential trips for members once or twice per year and have travelled to Alnmouth, the Lake District, the North Pennines, the Cheviot Hills, Somerset and Glenisla in Scotland. These are opportunities for people to get to know each other better and develop friendships.

Drummed Up are, and always have been, an open and inclusive group constantly looking for fresh ways to improve the lives of members and those in the wider community, as well as maintaining good performance standards and carrying a sense of fun and excitement wherever we go!

Thanks are due to all those who have contributed their time, skills and resources to Drummed Up over the years - teaching the workshop sessions, volunteering for the management committee, organising weekends away, transporting drums and people around, booking gigs, helping with refreshments and administrative duties, and to everyone who is committed to seeing Drummed Up continue to succeed in the future. All together now ... WELL DONE!