Derby Drumshack: Afro-Cuban Song and Percussion

Derby Drumshack, UK - Cuban song and percussionDerby Drumshack:
A 4-hour workshop in afro-cuban song and percussion with Adrian Waters.

Tickets: £19

Venue: St Paul’s Church Hall, DE1 3RT (unless stated otherwise)



Future Dates:
Sun 5th June, 11am-3pm at The Red Lion in Leek with optional performance from 3:30pm.

Places must be reserved and paid for in advance by emailing:

[email protected].uk

Details on how to pay will be sent to you by email once you have reserved your place.

These ongoing workshops will focus on developing conga technique; understanding clave and understanding rhythmic concepts of percussion parts and songs for Havana style Rumba Guaguanco, Rumba Columbia and Yambu. There will also be opportunities to learn other traditional and ritualistic afro-cuban music forms as well as some popular and carnival styles.

With an interest in West African, Caribbean and Latin music, Adrian Waters practices, performs and teaches a variety of percussion instruments and traditions with a particular passion for Cuban Rumba. He has studied under the direction of Raz from One Voice Music, Christian Weaver of La Timbala and in Havana under the tutelage of Chaguito, Amado from Clave Y Guaguanco and Giovani of Rumberos de Cuba. Ade currently performs regularly with salsa band “July Julay and the Mambo Kings” and a new fusion project called “Afro-Brew”

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Derby Drumshack is delivered by Adrian Waters and Drumshack. It is supported in Derbyshire by Piggyback Studios.

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Gumbo – An Audio Exhibition and Archive

Gumbo - An Audio Exhibition and ArchiveJanuary 2015 sees the official launch of “Gumbo”: an online, audio exhibition space and archive. It is hosted at the Internet Archive using their Netlabels format. All content is free to stream and download under the terms of a Creative Commons License.

The first collection to be hosted is “On Truth and Renewal” by the music collective leere. Founder and frontman Simon Monaghan of leere explains:

leere - Ripples at the Waters Edge‘On Truth And Renewal’ is a collection of songs recorded in the moment: on one guitar, with one vocal, using one microphone, outside of a studio setting. It reflects on how people might arrive at a sense of meaning and ‘truth’ through interaction with the natural world.


Throughout the recordings, the quote below from the Jewish philosopher, Martin Buber (1878-1965), helped shape some of the themes and the lyrical direction:

‘I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a man’s life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should live with this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience.’ (Martin Buber)

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A Taste of Cuba – A Percussion Workshop by Drumshack

DrumshackLead by Adrian Waters of Drumshack and supported by Piggyback Studios. We present our first 4-hour percussion workshop based in Derby (Venue TBC)





Ade is well known in percussion communities for his passion and commitment to Cuban music, particularly Rumba. With experience of playing and performing with various groups notably La Timbala, Ade has cut his teeth in the percussion world and performed with line-ups at Manchester Jazz Festival, Drum Camp and other festivals. Having completed OVM’s Roots of Cuba course under the direction of Raz, Ade looked towards Christian Weaver and La Timbala to progress in his journey as a Rumbero. Ade has studied in Havana under the tutelage of Chaguito , Amado from Clave Y Guaguanco and Giovani of Rumberos de Cuba. Outside of the percussion world, Ade is an experienced and qualified youth worker and has a way of engaging people positively in education and participation. Combining professional group work skills with the passion and knowledge gained from studying and playing Cuban, African, Caribbean and Latin music Ade makes for a great teacher, that will offer something fun interesting and challenging for beginner to experienced percussionist.

Sun 30th Nov, 1pm-5pm, Derby City Centre (Venue TBC)
Tickets: £18 in advance or £20 on the day

Tickets are available in advance for £18 using the “Buy Now” button above or for £20 on the day. Whether buying in advance or on the day please email us to reserve a place and say if you can bring congas so we have an idea of numbers. If you have congas and are able to bring them, please do.

Reserve your place and drums by emailing: [email protected]

The workshop will cater for a mixed abilities group. Beginners will be welcome, but some prior experience of hand drumming would be beneficial. We will be using congas, clave, bell, shekere and voice.

The workshop will aim to develop and guide the improvement of conga technique and sound. There will be explanations and work on Tumbao and clave understanding with a focus on developing knowledge for contemporary variations of the rhythm.

Learning and playing in an ensemble arrangement for a spiritual and folkloric rhythm “Iyesa” and the learning and singing of a sequence dedicated to a Yoruba deity “Oshun” who reigns over love, intimacy, beauty, wealth and diplomacy.

The aim is to scope interest to develop a regular study group based in Derby drawing from the surrounding areas and further afield. Future workshops will become more tailored to the level of the group, based on the outcomes from this initial trial.


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Rock at the Royal Oak | Sat 19th Oct, 8pm

The Roz Bruce Infusion - LivePiggyback Studios presents an unmissable night of great music at the Olde Royal Oak on Burton Market Place, DE14 1HA.

Sat 19th Oct, FREE Entry, starts at 8pm.


The Roz Bruce Infusion – 3-piece alt\psych rock. Electrifying performances from front-woman Roz Bruce. With regular comparisons to PJ Harvey and Hendrix, you can expect some guitar-heavy, intense and interesting sounds, brought to life by a blistering bassist and daring drummer.

6 Weeks Falling – The long awaited return of the Burton 4-piece alt rock band fronted by Jonathon Brindley who’s been in more bands than mushy peas have been on plates. Get there early, it’s gonna get busy!

Jamie Beau – Solo singer\songwriter who’s been performing all over the UK with his unique and soulful voice and percussive guitar stylee. Not to be missed.

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The Swan Inn, Milton Beer Festival + CD Launch: Sat 17th Aug

The Swan Inn, MiltonTwo Stages of live music at The Swan Inn Beer festival in Milton, South Derbyshire, DE65 6EF.

In support of the Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland Air Ambulance.


The beer festival runs from 16th-18th August with live music and BBQ on Saturday 17th Aug.

FREE Entry, but please bring donations for the buckets.

Last year was the festival’s 10th Anniversary and the main stage was recorded for posterity by Piggyback Studios. This year, a compilation CD of the bands called “Only in Milton…” will be on sale with all profits donated to the DLR Air Ambulance. The CD and digital download is being released on Stuck Records and has been made possible by Executive Producer and Festival Organiser Jason Walton and Co-Producer Chris White.

Lady and the Tramp
Blue Iguanas
Allergic 2 Chaeze
…plus more TBC

For further details, visit:

Piggyback Studios
The Swann Inn, Milton
DLR Air Ambulance

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In Support of: DLR Air Ambulance

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“Ubuntu” by Leere OUT NOW

Leere - 'Ubuntu' out on Stuck RecordsUbuntu – The new single by Leere from their album Ever Being on Lark Lane

Out Now on Stuck Records

Purchase on iTunes, Amazon and more! Please shop around for the best price.

Artwork by the highly talented Britta Jarvis

Derby collective Leere released their new single ‘Ubuntu’ on Monday 22nd July, out now on Stuck Records. It will be the last song released from their album ‘Ever Being On Lark Lane’ which featured on BBC Radio Merseyside’s ‘Folkscene’ at the end of last year.

The word ‘Ubuntu’ comes from the African Xhosa tradition which conveys the idea that human life is interconnected and only strengthened through genuine relationship, through an understanding of the true potential of community and the real worth of others. Lead singer and songwriter Simon Monaghan states that “The song is meant to be a lighter take on the concept of ‘Ubuntu’, encouraging an openness and dialogue with those we may encounter on our daily…and life journey”

The decision to release ‘Ubuntu’ at this time is in part a message for our communities to stay strong in the face of divisive times. “Nelson Mandela is one of the last great champions for human rights and as our thoughts are with him and his family, it’s also important to remember all that he stood for at a time when fear threatens to pull things apart. In these days of dominant social media and the spread of ideas it is perhaps both more difficult and more necessary than ever to seek out genuine common ground with other people” says Simon Monaghan. When facing the death penalty at the Rivonia Trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela said to the court:

“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and a free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”-Nelson Mandela

Leere will be playing a small tour of intimate venues in August and September in support of ‘Ubuntu’ and their forthcoming album which will be released before the end of 2013. The new album takes its influence from the novel ‘The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake’ by Aimee Bender.

You can keep up to date with Leere by visiting their facebook page: or  their website:

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Debut Single “Sunshine” by Urban Souls OUT NOW

Urban Souls - Sunshine“Sunshine” – The debut single by Urban Souls


Si Astbury and the other five members of the Urban Souls band reside in the UK, but their latest song can reside in anyone’s home around the world!

“Sunshine” is Urban Souls’ debut single. The band’s six members are from UK’s Midlands, and they include Astbury, April Davies, Graham Parkes, Geoff Caruthers, Matthew Linney and Craig Henshaw. They are supported by Keith Mawbey and Dean Gaunt.

“Sunshine” was recorded at Piggyback Studios, engineered and Produced by Chris Harding

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Sat 20th April, Live at The Leopard: “Tilted Smile” + “Radio Masquerade”

Live at The Leopard: "Tilted Smile"Another party by Piggyback Studios, Sat 20th April, Live at The Leopard:

“Tilted Smile” + “Radio Masquerade”

This will be the last gig for Tilted Smile in Burton before they head off for their tour of Poland. Support includes an acoustic set from “Radio Masquerade” who’ve been playing some blinding gigs in Burton and Derby over the last 6-months. DJ Jonnie M will follow the bands and keep you all dancing until you’re too drunk to stand. Bang-on!

FREE Entry, Sat 20th April, 8pm-Late

The Leopard Inn, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 3QZ

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Broadcast Standard Recording for Macmillan Cancer Support

We Are Macmillan. Cancer SupportPiggyback Studios were proud to work with international advertising agency VCCP on Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘We Are Not Alone’ radio campaign, recording the voice-over for an ad which was broadcast on national radio.

For broadcast standard recording for radio or multimedia, get in touch with Piggyback Studios to discuss your needs and get a quote.

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“The Roz Bruce Infusion” + “Leere” at The Leopard Inn | Sat 2nd Feb

The Roz Bruce Infusion at The LeopardSat 2nd Feb, starts at 8:00pm, FREE Entry

Piggyback Studios presents a night of live music at the The Leopard Inn, Lichfield St, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 3QZ

The Roz Bruce InfusionAlt Rock, Psychedelia:Channeling Hendrix, Satriani and Vai in her guitar and PJ Harvey, Suzanne Vega and Bonnie Rait through her vocals.” – Off Beat Magazine

LeereModern Folk: A collective of musicians that grows, changes and evolves. Currently a 3-piece of vocals, guitar and Irish Drum (Bodhrán)

The Leopard Inn has a late license and the bands will be followed by an eclectic set from DJ Jonnie M.

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