Friday, December 12, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Little Drummer Boy

Here is something I found on another blog about the song little drummer boy...


"It’s a song about a poor little boy who get told to come see this newly born prophesied king–a mystical baby of sorts, and everyone is bringing all kinds of riches to give as gifts. Well the little boy’s got nothing to give, let alone something fit for a king (much like humble artists of our time…). But he’s gotta give SOMEthing, and he decides he will play his drum. His music is all he has, and that’s what he gives as his gift.

Most people can grasp this much of the song, but there’s more to it: the boy knows in his head that he has nothing that can compete with stuff like gold and frankincense, but he plays his music anyway. Something, if only his subconscious, tells him that playing his song for this new king IS an appropriate gift. Maybe it’s because he and the king have something in common (”I am a poor boy too…”), but regardless: music is seen to be worth as much as gold. This king loves the song, and smiles at the little boy and his drum."


Monday, December 1, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Community Chest

Fundrums has applied for a "Community Chest Award" which is being generously being donated to groups working with Special Needs, so fingers crossed :)

Credit Union Community Chest graphic

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008



A new dawn, a new day, a new start, change can and does happen!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Health Rhythms

Short video on The Remo Health Rhythm program

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Live a Happy Natural Day

Thats the sentiment from this performing group from South Africa, have a look :)

Milltone Steel Drum

Here's another unusual drum (check out the Hang drum below if you haven't seen it. Milltone drums are made in the US, hard to get and expensive, I'm bidding for one on e-bay at the moment ! They have a very soft sound from them and are very relaxing and soothing to listen too, unusual to say about drums :)


Have a look at this video , you can see and hear what I mean !

Thursday, September 25, 2008

28th Anniversary of John Bonham

Just found this on another blog :

Sept 25 2008 "28 years ago today we lost, in my opinion, the best drummer of all time. Some may say others have more defined drumming skills, but no one can deny the power, the passion and the unique style that was his alone. He's inspired so many others over the years, including his own son, Jason who proudly continues his father's legacy."

"With Zebonzo1ppelin, I tried to play something different every night in my solos. I'd play for 20 minutes but the longest ever was 30 minutes. It's a long time, but whenI was playing it seemed to fly by"  J.Bonham

28th Anniversary Of John Bonham's death


September 25th 1980 - 28 years since the best drummer of all time sadly passed away ! Have a look at the video below :) there's probably another few on this blog anyway!


Thanks John !


One more picture .....

Monday, September 22, 2008

Mamady Keita


If you want to know how djembe is played or what it is all about , watch a Master at play here, there is nothing more amazing than seeing someone so talented play an instrument. Mamady Keita seems like an incredibly healthy person (and djembefola) in mind, soul, and body. His centeredness and integrity, I feel, are reflected in his playing - they come through crystal clear!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Drum Machine ?

One of the first drum machines, or drums I ever had, I think I was paid to take it rather than pay for it :) cheap and tacky but can't BEAT it .... ;)


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hang Drums

If you haven't seen or heard of these magical drums have a look here...

Don't neglect the Blog

Blog is a bit neglected, been away and then getting back into work!, bought a few new drums, here's a nice djembe I got ! Drumming is great :)



Tuesday, July 1, 2008

A Picture says a thousand words...... :)


July 1st in Ireland anf it's still raining, so a little bit of colour to  make you smile :) :) This is a brilliant photo of GW "dancing" with a troupe of djembe players from West Africa, Usually the soloist follows the dancer..... I wonder what he's thinking :)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Best ?

John Bonham !!

Nansady Keita

One of the most amzing drummers I have met, patient, full of heart and embodies every beat !

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Monday, April 28, 2008

Inspiration ! :) :)

So where did Fundrums come from ?
Being Irish maybe my influence or inspiration should be Larry Mullen from U2 or someone like that, but I remember someone once saying that it's what you see or hear between the ages of gotta say its this :) click on the play button to have a look... enjoy!
Buddy Rich vs. Animal

A Thought ........

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Sunshine Drummers :)

Spring Garden Workshop is a centre for adults with intellectual disability, the lads there have formed a drumming group which has been called The Sunshine Drummers, happy, uplifting, fun drumming ! They are currently recording their own CD which at the moment is called WE WILL ROCK YOU , its a work in progress and will be available soon, for download too ! If you want to order a copy or would like the lads to perform for you, just let me know :)

Sunday, April 6, 2008

why do you do what you do


fingers crossed for the SEI awards :) :) :)
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Friday, April 4, 2008

Drumming in the Shed :)

a recent workshop at a school in Waterford, all classes had half an hour each then we all got together at the end of the day for a session in the yard, started raining so we squashed into the shed ! :) brilliant day

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Saturday, March 8, 2008

We Are Together (Film)

We Are Together

Have a look at this website,it's about a film made about a group of children from South Africa from an orphanage called Agape, listen to the music and look at the clip of the film, it is really moving and inspiring!
Also make sure to check out the links from the site where you can get more information on volunteering and the orphanages where the children come from.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Blue Man Group

If you have heard about this group check their website absolutely amazing stuff :) or go to YOUTUBE and search for BLUE MAN GROUP , there are loads of vids to see :)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Monday, February 25, 2008

Friday, February 22, 2008

Spring garden drummers

Some of the lads playing jaaba Djembe on friday morning :)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

WildQuest - Swim with Dolphins in the Bahamas, wild dolphin swim retreats.

WildQuest - Swim with Dolphins in the Bahamas, wild dolphin swim retreats.
Lovely site, looks like an amazing program !
There's a drum workshop on May 25, check the site for info

Amazing djuns here! Loadsa Bass :)

Great clip of a live show from Famadou Konate, if you know him you'll love it, and if you just want to hear some amazing African drumming................. :)

Arafan Toure

Great teacher, drummer and friend , who sadly died in 2003, his son Sekou took over the teaching and building of a school and there is an annual trip :) click for details

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Save the Coast !

Ok it's not about drumming but it is about one of my favourite places, Garrarus beach lies on the coast road just outside Tramore,
just like the rest of Ireland, they want to dig it up and change it around and put a golf course, houses etc, in other words ruin a natural resource of great beauty, anyway if you want to see more or even send an objection, check out the site , click below

The proposed development consists of a 142 suite hotel, leisure centre & spa, 51 two-story chalets, 28 three-story residential houses, 18 hole golf course and all associated site works including roads, car parks, street lighting, telecommunications centre and ESB substation.

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isnt this where it all starts :) well maybe not on kit but a few buckets
and hubcaps usually do nicely :)
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008



My name is John and I run Fundrums, a community drumming organisation in Ireland. I have been drumming for over 20 years, started on pots and pans and I love it!

I mainly work with special needs groups, it is one of the best jobs you could have :) (the picture is from a special olympics event, one of our best drummers, Tomas Kinsella :)
As well as special needs we have drummed with nearly every other kind of group !

I am new to the whole blogging thing and I am working on a new site for Fundrums, the current one needs a serious facelift ! and maybe make it part of it :)

So for now I'll just try work it out!