James Lipinski joins in playing in a drum circle. Black Press photo

Golden gets the rhythm

Youth and adults in Golden will get the chance to participate in a drum circle on January 14.

The Golden Youth Centre is opening its doors to Patrick Carrick from Columbia Valley Drumming to bring the drumming circle to Golden. There will be an early session for youth only at 4 p.m., and an all ages drumming circle at 7 p.m., geared more toward people ages 18 and over.

The program is designed to be as accessible and inclusive as possible, and has been running regularly in Invermere and Kimberley since September, said Carrick.

“It’s now Golden’s turn to experience all the benefits group drumming can have on a community and its individuals,” he said. “My goal and focus is to be able to do this type of program all throughout the area.”

The session in Golden offers the opportunity to try out group drumming, and Carrick hopes it will become a regular event. He brings drums with him for people to use, but everyone is invited to bring their own if they have one.

Carrick decided to bring the drum circle to Golden after he gathered followers on social media that expressed interest in hosting it in this community.

“I really just wanted to go and showcase the type of program that it is to the community there,” he said.

Originally from Australia, Carrick has been living in Invermere for four years, and is a trained drummer who plays in a local band and hosts drum circles every Thursday night in Invermere. Carrick quickly fell in love with Invermere after coming to Canada to explore the mountains and scenery.

He expanded his drum circle to Kimberley in November, and has decided to test out the waters in Golden before he goes back home in late January for a visit.

“If you’re an experienced drummer, you are most welcome, but it doesn’t really matter if you haven’t touched a drum in your life,” Carrick said.

Before starting the drum circle in Invermere, Carrick travelled to Calgary to complete the circle of rhythm training.

“It was a phenomenal experience. Every Friday night they would host a drum circle with 100 people in attendance. It’s really hard to describe the feeling that it gives you, it’s quite exhilarating,” he said in a previous article. “I came back from that training very inspired and reached out to the local arts council to start my own event. Together we raised funds through several grants to purchase 30 drums and the weekly event has been a huge success ever since.”

To participate in the Golden drum circle at the youth centre on January 14, drop in to the free youth session at 4 p.m., or attend the adult session at 7 p.m. for a fee. For more information, and to register for the drum circle, contact Carrick via telephone at 250-409-4110 or e-mail him at columbiavalleydrumming@gmail.com.

People are welcome to drop in, he says, however he likes to have an idea of how many people will be attending. Carrick also recommends getting a hold of him prior to the event if you wish to bring a child under the age of 10.

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