The dust has now settled on a very successful year at the drum fair. Lots of new stalls and stallholders and more people attended, with numbers almost reaching 800. This has certainly been our best year to date.
We were pleased to announce that Carl Palmer has accepted our request to be our Honorary President and Pete Cater has also accepted to be Honorary Vice-President. As you all may agree having these inspirational drummers on board will inject a new wave of enthusiasm for the Drum Fair.
There were many new faces, including myself, at this year’s fair and a lot of old friends, some of whom were attending for the first time. On speaking to all of them, everyone had the same opinion, this is a unique drumming event that needs to be more vocal within the drumming world. We have realised that the UK National Drum Fair is the largest in Europe and the second largest in the World for custom and vintage drums. I think this is something to shout about.
We chose a different direction this year with the clinics, focussing on musicality. Garry uses a phrase when he is teaching which, for me, sums up our aim for this years clinics… “are you playing the drums – or are you playing music?” Ritmatic certainly brought the music to the fair playing their own arrangement of Take Five and original compositions, which included added audience participation. This seemed to be appreciated by the crowd as well as the stallholders. Other clinics being performed by Oli Cox, Jake Brown (Young Drummer Finalists) and Gabor Dornyei, this certainly was a great mix.
Throughout the coming year there will be interviews published on this, our NEW website including those from over the weekend. I was often in and out of the interview room with some great interviews from Carl Palmer, Oli Cox, Rob Cook, Bob Henrit and Rob Townsend to name a few. These will be going onto the website with other interviews from people we didn’t manage to get at the fair. Keep checking for new content every month, as there will be news, interesting videos and much more.
Next year will be our 10th anniversary, so expect the UK National Drum Fair to be bigger and better with some fantastic surprises along the way.
Well, that’s enough from me for now. Again thanks for taking the time to read this entry and keep supporting the largest drum fair in Europe.