Beat Carnival

Inspirational adventures in drumming, dance, youth performance and all carnival arts.

Over May & June ’95, before creating the first Belfast Carnival Parade, we had a programme of world-drumming workshops and performances at The Beat Initiative/East Belfast Arts Centre, The Warehouse, Corn Market and the Belfast Folk Festival. The ‘festival’ (I suppose you’d call it these days) culminated with a big day & night on 24th May. On that final Saturday we met at 2pm Crescent Arts Centre for workshops with OLODUM !! from Brazil. At 3pm the 100 Drummers Parade set off to Botanic Gardens for more music / pipes & drum performances and participation (including Dave Early) overseen by 30′ giant Gulliver from our friends, Macnas. The afternoon ended with a massed drums parade in Botanic Gardens. Then off to Queens SU Snackbar venue for the Olodum concert at 9pm. First three sets, in video here, were Drogheda Samba Band, Macumba and then a special collaboration playing a tune, ‘Caked’, commissioned from Highland piper, Andy Grant: Belfast Carnival Band and friends – Jackie McIlduff_Uilleann pipes; Fergal O’Brien​_bodhran; Terry Conlon_accordion; and Macumba highland pipes & drums. Sadly the microphone for Jackie’s pipes didn’t work so most of his sound is lost. This is recorded from old VHS tape by a camera set in front of TV screen, TV sound captured by camera’s pinhole mic. Will do a proper transfer some day. Drogheda Samba Band 0 – 3:20, Macumba 3:30 – 6:41; BCB & Friends 7:30 – 12:25. I have cut chunks out of these performances in this edit. Will upload some of Olodum performance as a second video clip.

Watch the video of the event below.

Cultures And Connections – 24 June 1995

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