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On today's episode, I talk to Sheila Horrell. She has been drumming for the last 30 years, ever since being introduced to the primal magic of the drum by master percussionist Ubaka Hill.
After studying percussion with various drummers here and internationally, she has been facilitating workshops and Drum Circles for many groups in Southwestern Ontario, including schools, universities, camps, nursing homes, conferences and agencies.
The experience of introducing new drummers to the ease and joy of music making with the drum has been a prime motivator for Sheila's continued success. There is nothing like witnessing someone relaxing into their own rhythm and having fun contributing to the music of the whole drumming community.
As well as facilitating drumming, Sheila is also a member of percussion groups in London - including "The London Groove Collective", a group which weaves melody (sax and keyboard) with various percussion instruments to create everything from jazz fusion to ambient soundscapes. As well she sings and plays with WomenSpiritSong choir, and Joyful Noise choir. Sheila is a proud volunteer at My Sister's Place where weekly drumming on a Monday morning gets the week off to a fine start, and also volunteers with the Grand Theatre, the Women's Circle at Brescia and Heart-Links, a small London NGO which walks in solidarity with a community of women and children in the desert regions of Northern Peru.
For more information about Sheila: http://sheilahorrell-play.blogspot.ca/p/bio.html