Banging the drums to raise money for charity in Seaton

PUBLISHED: 11:30 15 February 2015

The rare set of Chinese drums that will be featured at a charity event in Seaton.

The rare set of Chinese drums that will be featured at a charity event in Seaton.

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A rare set of dragon drums – imported from China and used to celebrate the Chinese New Year and to perform the dragon dance – are one of the highlights at a charity event coming up in Seaton at the end of the month.

Larry Garner – who has danced with native Americans for 25 years, taking him around the UK – has organised a drum circle and workshop from 1pm until 4pm on Saturday, February 28, at the Crossroad Christian Fellowship Hall, Homer Lane, Seaton.

The workshop – offering drum tuition, tips and expertise to aspiring world music percussionists – will raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance and the Shoebox charity, which sends school equipment to the needy in Eastern Europe.

The dragon drums – which cost more than £1,000 and were imported from the Foshan Guangdong province in China – were owned by the Gloucestershire Chinese Women’s Guild. Used at local carnivals and at shop openings to bring good luck, the drums were recently purchased by Mr Garner.

“They are the only set I know of in Devon,” he said. “They are originals, made of wood and they’ve got thick buffalo skin across the tops.”

As well as the drums, Mr Garner has the accompanying cymbals and gongs, plus some drummers’ costumes. The event will also feature African drums.

“If I can get enough people interested I would like to carry on the dragon dance and perform in public and raise money for local charities and enter the carnival, but this all depends on the support I get.”

For more information about the drum circle and workshop, contact Larry Garner on 01297 23503.


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