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The Glasgowbury Small But MASSIVE crew
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Drum Tutor | Samba Leader
Having played drums for 15 years my love for the noise has not deminished in the slightest. Having first started lessons in school my first performance experiences came through the schools orchestra although I soon ventured into the world of rock with a range of bands.
Through these bands I have had the privilege of touring throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe and the once in a lifetime opportunity to headline the 2011 Syncronicity Festival in Kanpur India.
Here at Glasgowbury I am pleased to be able to offer a range of services including one to one drum kit lessons, group workshops in African hand drumming and group workshops in Samba drumming. All lessons and workshops are offered to people of all abilities.
One to one drum kit lessons
With one to one lessons the end goals are set by the individual students whether they want to study for grades or just want to be able to jam with some friends. Drumming will increase your self co-ordination through the use of all four limbs, will decrease stress and anxiety levels and keep you fit all at the same time.
African hand drumming workshops
Using simple rhythms and vocal patterns we aim to improve the team work within a group where participants are encouraged to help each other and work together to create a unified sound. Hand drumming techniques will help improve hand to eye co-ordination and activates both sides of the brain in what is an enjoyable communal experience.
Samba drumming workshops
Originating in Brazil the up tempo rhythms of samba rarely fail to make an audience move. Through these workshops the groups will use a variety of percussion instruments playing simple counter rhythms to create the overall sound. This encourages team work on two levels as each section must maintain their own rhythm and stay in sync with the group as a whole. Another way to improve self co-ordination and have some fun while making music and exercising you’re never to old to unlock the rhythms within.
Small But Massive Samba Band
Founded in late 2013 the Small But Massive Samba Band has grown from a small group of drumming novices to a 22 member strong, energetic drumming troop. With rehearsals every Thursday night in the Cornstore Creative Hub the band work hard to bring the “drum shine” with up lifting carnival rhythms to a wide range of community events including Derry City’s Banks of the Foyle Halloween Festival, Draperstown Busking Festival and Dungannon’s Picnic In The Park.
With plans afoot to create a junior band and creating new performance pieces we hope to keep the beats pumping for many years to come.
DJ, Music Production, Digital Tutor | Web
Hi, I’m Ryan. I’ve been working with Glasgowbury for over 3 years now. Whether it’s teaching DJing, Music Production, Podcasting, Photoshop or Junior Programming (Scratch), or designing posters, flyers or for the website – it’s fair to say that I am kept busy!
I hold a degree in Interactive Multimedia Design, and as a DJ I have played in many top nightclubs across Ireland, the UK and Ibiza.
Being part of the Glasgowbury team has played a vital role in my own development as an artist, and I have many exciting projects lined up! Check out my website for further details: www.djryangallagher.com
I’m a guitar tutor at Glasgowbury and have been teaching for almost six years now. I’ve been involved with Glasgowbury from around the age of 16 when I was completing my work experience.
Since then I’ve participated in the Rural Key programme as both a student and tutor, achieved my grade 8 on guitar and obtained a degree in Commercial Modern Music from BIMM Dublin. I’ve played in bands The Wood Burning Savages and most recently Orchid Collective. This has given me the opportunity to tour the UK/Ireland and play at festivals such as Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Belladrum and the Glasgowbury festival itself. You can check out our music at these links:
Hi, my name is Gemma I’m 20 years old and I’m a guitar tutor here at Glasgowbury. I’ve been teaching here for 3/4 years. I am also a singer/songwriter and study commercial modern music at BIMM Dublin.
I have a Diploma in Songwriting, grade 6, 7 and Diploma in singing and grade 3 in Electric guitar. I also play live original gigs in the North and the South of Ireland with my backing band!
Film & Animation Tutor
Hi, my name is Tiarnan. I have been involved with Glasgowbury for three years. I would describe myself as the in-house go to guy when it comes to any projects that are film and video related. In my three years with Glasgowbury I have worked on many projects such as promotional films and the many projects they offer for young people. Some of this work has been showcased on Irish TV.
This experience has lead to me facilitating my own workshops in Film Making and Animation for young people in the Cornstore Creative Hub and also the successful rolling out of these workshops to local schools. In the past I have won various awards in film, animation and surprisingly sculpture, these include Best Animation at the Derry Foyle Film Festival and the British Film Institute Future Filmmaker Award. Before university, I also won the Thomas Devlin fund for Peace Sculpture to help toward the funding of my studies. I studied my Degree in Fine Arts at University of Ulster in Belfast specializing in Lens based media, achieving a First Class Honors. During this time I made many short art films which where shown in gallery’s across Belfast. I feel this is where I began to hone my skills in creative ideas development, professional camera operation and post-production editing.
Recently with my work at Glasgowbury I have had my skills recognized by the local media Industry, I have secured work with ITV where I found myself as a camera operator for ITV’s “21 Up – A New Generation” and have also worked with BBC/RTE as a Data Wrangler and Camera Assistant on “Keeping it Country” under the wing of experienced Cinematographer and Director Brian Martin via the wonderful Judy Wilson of Alley cats TV based in Derry.
With the help and support of everyone at Glasgowbury I have also launched my own Freelance Video Production business offering Music, Corporate, Promotional, Wedding and Event videos to a variety of clients. You can find examples of my work and details on how to book me for your project on my Facebook Business page. Also feel free to stop in to Glasgowbury Cornstore in Draperstown for a chat with me about your project, future workshops or just all things Film.
Hi! My name is Caitríona Groogan and I am the dance facilitator at Glasgowbury. I have been part of the Glasgowbury group from a young age, from participant to volunteer and now to teacher both for the Boogie Buddies inhouse classes and outreach to schools and community groups.
I have trained in Liverpool, Derry and Belfast and I graduated with a BA in Drama and Dance in 2016. I have since started my own dance company GCD (Groogan Creative Dance) and facilitate classes throughout the Mid Ulster area.
I have been working with children for 10 years, volunteering at dance classes, youth clubs and schools before starting to facilitate dance classes myself 5 years ago. I have a real passion for performing and just love passing on that enthusiasm and sharing my skills with others to help them become the best performer they can be, while of course having fun!
I am Access NI checked.
Feel free to contact me to hear about the GCD timetable, and classes running near you or for booking information.
I am available for private hire for:
- Community Groups
- Youth clubs
- Wedding dance (Group or couple)
- Dance Fitness
and much much more! Just get in touch to find out about our different styles of dance on offer and all about GCD!
Contact me directly on:
Facebook: GCD @GrooganCreativeDance
Hi there! My name is Ruairí O’Kane and as of September 2016, I am in upper sixth at St. Mary’s. I have been a Rural Key Youth Tutor for Guitar for the past two years with Glasgowbury.
I first started playing guitar back when I was 10 years old and first entered the doors of the Cornstore as a participant of a Summer Music Workshop in 2010.
I’ve been playing in different bands and gigging in different places and luckily, I was able to experience playing at Glasgowbury in 2012. I play mainly acoustic guitar and my interests in music range from the likes of Coldplay to Andy McKee and Luca Stricagnoli. I love playing acoustic fingerstyle guitar. In between gigging and trying to write my own songs, I have done all my Guitar Grades and have a distinction in Grade 8 RGT LCM Acoustic Guitar. Currently, I teach a diverse age group and love seeing the student’s ability in guitar progress and their love for music itself grow whether they want to do Grades, play in a band or play for fun.
Recording and Mixing Engineer
I’m Nathan, and I’ve been involved with Glasgowbury since 2005. Attending the Rural Key Project, attending and working at the festival and now I am working as a recording and mixing engineer in the Small But Massive studio at the Cornstore in Draperstown and facilitating workshops in Music Production in the Rural Key Project.
Over the years I have been involved in music through playing in bands, live sound engineering and recording and mixing bands.
I received a Higher National Diploma in Music Production in 2015 at North West Regional College and since then I have been working in Ping Music Shop in Magherafelt and here at Glasgowbury.
We have a lot of great equipment here to record your music/sounds/noises with. Check out the studio page and get in touch.
Recording and Mixing Engineer
Hi I’m Stephen. I first became involved with Glasgowbury back in 2009 attending the Glasgowbury Music Festival. I was lucky enough to play at the same Festival in 2013 and since then, I have become more involved with the Glasgowbury at the Cornstore Creative Hub in Draperstown.
I am a recording and mixing engineer at Small But Massive studios , recording bands from across the country. I also facilitate music production workshops, teaching people how to record and produce music.
I am also the guitarist in local band, Mons Olympus and I also work as a guitar tutor with over 3 years teaching experience.
If you would like to find out more about my work, visit the studio page at www.glasgowbury.com or get in touch email@example.com
My names Francis McEldowney, I’ve been involved with Glasgowbury since 2004, attending the Rural Key Project in 2005 and working at the festival since 2006. Now working as the In-house sound engineer at the ‘Live in the Loft’ venue located in the Glasgowbruy Creative Hub, Draperstown; also recording and mix engineer in the Small But Massive studio.
I also facilitate workshops in Music Production on the Rural Key Project.
Through the years ive taken on many different roles at the Glasgowbury Music Festival and in the Creative Hub gaining valuable knowledge from the award winning festival and Uk Promoter of the year.
I am currently setting up my own production crew and working as a freelance engineer.
I hope too see you at one of our gigs!
Guitar lessons for older youth and adults are facilitated by Liam Mc Guigan. Having studied Music Business and Technology at Derry’s Nerve Centre Liam has been tutoring acoustic guitar for over 10 years.
He plays guitar, harmonica and vocals with the popular band, Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas. Currently recording their third album the band has vast performance experience with UK and Ireland gigs and festival slots and sell out headline and support shows including the Millennium Forum and Ulster Hall. Tuition includes learning chords, chord progression and technique, song structures, learning songs and jam sessions.
My name is Heidi Wilson, I am 20 years old and I play the piano. I first started playing piano when I was about 10 years old and have been working on achieving my grades throughout the years.
I completed my Advanced Certificate (grade 8 equivalent) about a year ago and now hope to start working towards my diploma. I just started studying Music Technology & Sonic Arts in September at Queen’s University Belfast, which I am very excited about.
At Glasgowbury, I teach piano to students of all ages and abilities. Some students like to work towards grades, and others like to play for fun, so there is a very wide range. I love working at Glasgowbury because it has such a friendly, relaxed vibe and everyone who works there is involved with music in some way or another. It creates so many opportunities for people in the community who are looking to develop their musical talent.
Glasgowbury is governed by a board of voluntary directors from the local community who serve to ensure we are meeting our aims and objectives. They are –
Chair: Emmet Heron
Treasurer: Patricia Bradley
Director: Dr William Burke
Director: Cathal O’Connor
User Member: Marlene McSorley