Drum ‘n’ Didg / Mark Walker’s Talking Drums
Drum 'n' Didg is a drum and didgeridoo duo playing Aboriginal, African and Brazilian music. Talking Drums is a drumming workshop ideal for corporate events or any situation that requires motivation, inspiration, fun, stress relief and team building.
Drum ‘n’ Didg is a drum and didgeridoo duo playing Aboriginal, African and Brazilian music. Talking Drums is a drumming workshop ideal for corporate events or any situation that requires motivation, inspiration, fun, stress relief and team building.
Drum’n’Didg are a fascinating and totally unique duo playing music and rhythms from around the world on didgeridoo and drums. The group consists of Shining Bear, one of the world’s top didgeridoo players, and well known drummer and percussionist, Mark Walker.
Using a vast array of drums, ethnic percussion and sound effects, not to mention a variety of wonderful hand crafted, authentic didgeridoos, Mark and Bear create an enchanting atmosphere with magical sounds and thrilling rhythms that really are quite beautiful to behold.
During the show the pair conjure up a diversity of moods, through striking musicianship and staggering dynamics, that holds the audience captivated and leaves them enraptured and exhilarated. Combining the primeval sounds of the two oldest instruments known to mankind, a wealth of rhythms and textures are interwoven to produce unique sounds that evoke the spirit of the Aboriginal dreamtime, the African plains, the Brazilian rainforest and rhythms of the Nile.
The natural flamboyance, charisma and artistry of Mark and Bear play a key part in the performance, and visually the show is exciting, Mark moving from drum to drum with incredible energy, whilst Bear engages the audience with his native charm and wit.
The pair currently perform with Rolf Harris, both on TV and at his live shows around the country. Mark Walker has worked with many major artists, and has performed solo at the Festival Hall for Rhythmsticks, at Wembley for the National Music Show, at the Horniman Museum, and at the Docklands Arena for the Music Industry Association. Shining Bear performs regularly at ‘Mind Body Spirit’ exhibitions around the country, has played on numerous recordings, and was the driving force behind World Didgeridoo Day, when over 3,500 players from around the world played at the same time for world peace.
Drum’n’Didg are a new musical collaboration uniting the world’s oldest known instruments to dramatic and entertaining effect, providing music and sounds that will enchant and captivate its audience.
This is taken from Mark Walker’s website (he is the drum in Drum’n’Didg):
“In 1997 I joined the elite band of musicians that is The Rolf Harris Band, and shortly after we were joined by the massive personality and talent that is Shining Bear, one of the world’s leading exponents of the didgeridoo. After a year of talking about it we finally got a morning in Studio 99 with Jim Mathews at the desk, (always a risky business), and laid down live three tracks: Earth Shake, Latin Lava and Ocean Song. Drum’n’Didg was born, and from there the obvious step was to get out and gig; on May 8th 1999 we performed our inaugural show at the Horniman Museum Conservatory, swiftly followed by a performance in the Purcell Rooms at 1999’s Rhythmsticks Festival.
“Thanks to a grant from the PRS Foundation, (for which we are very grateful!), Drum’n’Didg performed some free concerts at a number of schools in the South East during the course of the year. The Drum’n’Didg show is essentially a fun show with a lot of humour and audience interaction and participation, as well as performances of a number of pieces Mark and Bear have written for percussion and didgeridoo.”
“Using a vast array of drums, ethnic percussion and sound effects, not to mention a variety of wonderful hand crafted, authentic didgeridoos, Mark and Bear create an enchanting atmosphere with magical sounds and thrilling rhythms.” (Royal Festival Hall events brochure).
Mark Walker’s Talking Drums is a totally innovative production for corporate events from conferences to seminars, sales talks to departmental meetings, in fact any situation that requires motivation, inspiration, fun, stress relief and team building. Perfect as a training day add on, part of an events circuit, or an after conference entertainment, Talking Drums is unique and creative, giving its participants an opportunity to make a fantastic sound in harmony, banging out rhythms on a whole host of drums and percussion instruments, and having a ball as they do it!
In recent years Mark Walker, BEd Hons, has become established as one of the UK’s most prominent drum show artists performing on GMTV, BBC1, at London Docklands Arena, the National Music Show and the Horniman Museum, not to mention annually at Europe’s biggest drum festival, RhythmSticks on the Southbank. Mark is percussionist for Rolf Harris, appearing regularly with him on TV and at venues in the UK, South Africa and Ireland, including Glastonbury, Womad, Guildford and Sidmouth Festivals. For the BBC’s Music Live 2000 event Mark co-ordinated drum groups around Britain, and appeared with the Omagh drummers from the town’s centre for the live TV broadcast. Mark has drummed for Disney’s West End production of the Lion King, and regularly comperes events for Virgin Atlantic, Future Publishing, NEC, Harlequins RFC and the London Broncos.
Talking Drums is completely flexible; the show can be run in a variety of ways to suit the requirements of the occasion. The duration can be anything from a half-hour workshop as part of an events circuit to a longer show involving a large audience. Whatever the style, music relies on teamwork – a group of people creating a piece that arouses emotions, stimulates excitement, and motivates action. Through simple interconnecting rhythms, dances and chants Talking Drums builds an incredible atmosphere and sound with all participants contributing. Even people who believe they have no musical talent whatsoever find themselves caught up in the magic of the rhythms and playing to the beat.