On 18th January Incidentals led a drumming session for Hebden Bridge Women’s Institute. We are donating our earning to Calderdale Flood Fund to help local residents and businesses recover from the recent floods.
We had an excellent turn-out, with about 50 women coming to the drum circle.
I had never heard frame drumming and it was really lovely and relaxing to listen to Oxana and her drummers. She was also an interesting speaker and a patient teacher! I enjoyed the session and would like to do more. – Polly
We played a composition based on variations of a rhythm used by Sufi as taught by Layne Redmond. Oxana spoke a little bit about history of women playing frame drums and about Layne Redmond, who inspired so many women to connect through frame drumming.
Such a wonderful evening surrounded by peace and calm amidst the chaos of post flood trauma, ladies, thank you. – Alison
The members of Hebden Bridge WI learnt basic strokes and played some simple rhythms, with Oxana. Sarah and Sandi overlaying them with more patterns.
Listening to the rhythms was really calming, and energising too. – Karen
There were questions asked and answered about the actual drums. The ones Incidentals use are mostly non-tunable and have synthetic drum heads. Some people asked when Todmorden Frame Drum Group meets. As soon as Oxana is back from Maternity Leave. Watch this space.
Although I didn’t drum, it was very informative. The stories Oxana told went beautifully with the songs & she explained the origins of this form of drumming. I watched the drummers faces relax & some were trancelike! A really enjoyable night! – Heather
We were happy to teach the women the basic pattern for Malfuf, and also its brushing variations. The evening ended with a lively singing of Bele Mama, supported by the talented members of Calder Valley Voices and Corista.