Earlier this month, Samba Pelo Mar were hired to play at a wedding reception in Whitstable. The happy couple got the opportunity to join in, along with some of the family and guests. This was a first for us and we all had an amazing time!
We are always happy to be involved in Music for Change events and this was no exception. It was, perhaps, the wettest day on record and there was a rapid relocation from Dane John Gardens to the Orange Street Music Club which meant that although we exchanged grass for comfy sofas , we were now playing indoors, in a relatively small space with a relatively large band with some big drums. We are never defeated though. We swapped sticks and beaters for hands and although it was a very different sound we made, it provided us with the opportunity to get to grips with some spontaneous improvisation whilst sparing the ear-drums of the audience in such a confined space. We had a great afternoon in the Music Club listening to music from around the world and chatting to the other performers.
For one night only we were Zombie Pelo Mar, complete with extraordinary makeup and some frighteningly bad hair. This is a fantastic event when Herne Bay comes alive (if that’s not a contradiction) with Zombies. There are brides, undertakers, skeletons, mutilated bodies, corpses and even zombie dogs and babies and we were privileged to be asked to be the soundtrack to this event. There’s something about the heavy drum beat, a clear, still night and about a thousand zombies all lurching towards the Clocktower in Herne Bay that is rather joyous – if Zombies can be joyful!
This is Whitstable’s big event and is on every July. It’s a celebration of the town, the sea and the marvellous people of Whitstable. We have been honoured to be part of the festival for a number of years now and every year it’s an absolute pleasure. The sun ALWAYS shines, the streets are ALWAYS full of flag-wavers and festival goers and Samba Pelo Mar, Whitstable’s Community Samba Band are there with a very summery soundtrack to the Oyster Parade. Last year was the hottest ever and probably exactly the right temperature to be playing samba.
band we have been privileged to work with Pedro Consorte, body percussionist
extraordinaire and current member of the London cast of Stomp. In the last year
Pedro has joined us for some workshops exploring sound and rhythm with some
quite remarkable results. Every single member of the band who took part
benefitted from Pedro’s enthusiasm and ability to create sounds using only the
From the minute it started with one man and a broom to the mass drums of the finale, we were captivated. We watched open-mouthed as they played match boxes, dustbins, buckets, whole sinks chained to performers, tractor inner tubes plungers, sticks, buckets, pipes, huge drums, even lighters at one point and who can forget the kitchen sinks full of water worn like usherettes offering ice creams in the interval?
It was a chance for us as a band to see professionals working with rhythm in the most extraordinary way.
It was noticeable as the audience left the theatre that fingers were clicking, zips were zipping to a beat. Without realising it we were all looking at the waste bins, stair rails and door handles and working out how best we could play them.
An unforgettable evening and thanks to Pedro for reminding us that although we love our drums, tams, bells and shakers we don’t always need them to find a rhythm.
Our usual Tuesday practice session was very different this week. We welcomed the wonderful and melodic 'En Choir' for an evening of singing, playing drums, making connections and generally having a Whitstable good time!
En Choir describe themselves as a current, feel-good, non-religious, multi-genre gospel choir. Under the leadership of Em Peasgood, En Choir sung many songs, including the Christmassy 'Fairy Tale of New York' and were accompanied by us on drums under direction of our very own Ann Day.
It was a great turnout by our members and the fusion worked extremely well. If En Choir had all of their members there, even our volume would have been challenged! Both Ann & Em worked hard on their preparation for this event - on the day we have to rely on their leadership skills to decide how best to improvise as we play.
The evening went so well that we got a return invite next summer, so watch this space !!
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Electric Landladies are returning for another Whitstable pre-xmas gig. Your favourite selection of dance classics from the last 50 years, covering soul, disco, rock, reggae and funk.
Listen to six brilliant and experienced musicians (including our very own Ann Day on drums), for sing-a-long dance-a-thon experience or just stand around enjoying in your own way!
Last Friday night saw the public launch of 'Pequeno Samba Pelo Mar' at Casey's of Butchery Lane, Canterbury.
Pequeno is a smaller version of the band, consisting of a limited number of players and a more diverse selection of percussion instruments.
It was very well received by the mainly student crowd, with a large number of them joining in by dancing to our funky beats. Some of them commented afterwards "this is the best music we have ever heard in Casey's for ages" Now that's not a bad start is it ?
If you would like to book us, complete our contact form and we will be in touch.
Another summer season has ended and our way of saying thank you to the people and businesses of Whitstable (our home town supporters) is to go on our annual 'Whitstable Wander'.
Well, we started off at the Labour Club, where we played in the beer garden as part of their annual beer festival.
We then proceeded to the beach at the The Old Neptune, where we performed not only to to those having a quiet drink (until we turned up of course!) but also passers by and residents in the adjacent houses.
Our last stop was on the beach outside Hotel Continental, where we played a quick session before popping inside for a much needed drink and bowl of chips !
On Saturday 18th August 2012, Herne Bay was invaded by pirates. They landed ashore towards the Hampton end of the bay, just before sunset. With them, they brought an array of percussion instruments, played in a samba style, as they gradually took over the seaside town.
People from all over Herne Bay came to see this amazing event, which ended in the burning of Robert Bradford's boat sculpture.