Workshops at Maryport Blues Festival

Posted on: Wednesday, Jul 9, 2008

Friday July 25th to Sunday July 27th 2008


This year, there will be drumming workshops run by the great British drummer Sam Kelly, who was British Blues Connection Drummer of the Year for five consecutive years and guitar workshops run by Robin Bibi  one of the UK’s leading  electric blues guitarists. Both Sam and Robin are also performing on the trail with their respective bands.

The drumming workshops will be held in Maryport’s prestigious new cultural and community centre, The Wave and the guitar workshops will be held in the main marquee on Netherhall rugby ground.

Drumming workshops with Sam Kelly

In The Wave

Saturday and Sunday Morning 10.30 to 11.30

Tickets £5.00

Available from The Carnegie Workington 01900 602122 and The Festival Office, in The Maritime Museum, Maryport 01900 817200.

Sam will use his kit to illustrate his methods – how to get different textures of music using different sized drums/cymbals; how as a drummer you do not have to use the kit all the time (what you don’t play is sometimes as important as what you do!) and how to use simple methods such as hand claps & percussion to carry a rhythm. Participants are encouraged to listen to the music they are playing, to listen to what other musicians around them are playing and to find new ways of interpreting music.

The workshops are ‘hands on’ whenever possible and participants are encouraged to come along with instruments and join in. They are based around encouraging musicians, not just drummers, to work together in band situations, even to work together in a temporary situation such as a jam.

Guitar workshop with Robin Bibi

In the main marquee

Saturday and Sunday morning 10.30am to 11.30am
Tickets £5.00 and available as above

This  contemporary blues rock guitar workshop takes you through guitar techniques and Robins’s approach to guitar and where he aims to take it in rock blues.

About Sam Kelly

Sam Kelly was voted British Blues Connection “Drummer of the Year” for five years running. A versatile, creative, energetic player, Sam can regularly be seen drumming with Geoff Achison, Papa George Band, Giles Hedley & The Aviators, Empire State, The UK Funk Allstars and Errol Linton Blues Vibe, to name but a few….. But Sam’s main passion is his own band, Station House. Sam’s vast experience includes playing with Stan Webb, Sista Monica, Eddie Floyd, Big Joe Duskin, Johnny Mars, Fred James, Sonny Black, Zoot Money and more! He was the drummer on the hit “How Wonderful You Are”. He’s also played theatre engagements including the West End Production of 125 th Street (2002-2003) The Blues Brothers 1997 UK Tour, Ain’t Misbehavin, Blues In The Night, All Or Nothing At All and has TV & film credits: That’s Life, Not the Nine O’clock News and Ebony. Sam was the drums music teacher for the UK film ‘Swing’. Sam brings the unique rhythm and drive to Station House, playing as people often say ‘lead drums.’

About Robin Bibi

Robin Bibi is one of the UK’s top blues/rock guitarists and having paid his dues working with such names as Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Ben.E.King, The Pretty Things and Helen Shapiro, launched the Robin Bibi Band in 1996. The Band’s debut album ‘Blue Thrash Therapy’ was released a year later and quickly sold out leading to a recent re-release. Five albums on, Robin’s acoustic album ‘Fast Life Songs’ has also received critical acclaim and continues to sell well. Blues, funk, soul, rock, reggae and jazz are all rolled together in The Robin Bibi Band’s own feel-good concoction. Above all, the Band’s aim is to give their audience a night to remember whilst guaranteeing the best British Blues Rock can offer in a tried and tested, exciting, spontaneous, power trio format. Because of their widely known reputation with a highly entertaining stage presentation, the Robin Bibi Band are now one of the busiest bands round the Southern music venue circuit and have played most of the major Blues festivals in the UK, Ireland, and Europe.

For further information please e-mail or contact The Festival Office 01900 817200

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