Drumfun is led by front man Steve Sharpe. Steve has been studying the Music, Arts and Culture of West Africa for many years, and has been teaching African drumming, as well as group percussion, in the U.K. since 1999.
He is a student of Master Drummer Mamady Keita, former director of the Ballet Djoliba National ballet of Guinea.
He is a level 2 graduate of Village Music Circles Drum Circle Facilitators Training, and has been a mentor at U.S.A & U.K Drum Circle Facilitators trainings 2003, 2004, 2006 & 2008. He has studied with Doug Goodkin (Orff educator, San Fransisco School) as well as other teachers from the USA, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Zimbabwe.
Steve's mission is to celebrate life, and by doing so, encourage others to do the same.
Andrew Davidson has been supplying us with his funky bass beats for the last 4 years. Andy is passionate about drumming and enjoys every moment of life. He is a graduate of Village Music Circles Drum Circle Facilitators Playshop 2005, where he studyied with Arthur Hull and brought his new found skills to lead the FALCON Project, a programme for adults with learning difficulties in 2005-2007. During this period Andy was also involved in the development of American Football in the Highland schools. Andy has a love for learning and studies a range of music. He is a trained percussionist in jazz, traditional blues and reggae and studies African Dun Dun and Djembe.
Phil Sharpe, younger brother to Steve, has been part of the team since 2003. Phil's unique sense of humour and lighthearted approach to life immediately has people feeling at ease, and his passion for music at all levels is what makes his enthusiasm for our work infectious.
Phils interests are simple - the pursuit of happiness for himself and his 3 girls coupled with his love of music. Phil has been a guitarist since his early teens, but his main love lies with Jazz Piano, which he is currently studying.
Phil loves being in the Drumfun team as it introduces people to the foundations of music ..... Rhythm and Passion!
Oliva Furness is an enthusiastic music maker whose experience lies in samba drumming and the rhythms of Brazil. Trained at The Edinburgh Samba School, she has set up, guided, tutored and lead samba bands of all ages and abilities. Alongside her work as a community musician, Oli plays tenor sax and clarinet professionally with touring carnival band Orkestra del Sol. Oli is dedicated to igniting the same passion in others that she has for playing music, making music in a group, trying new styles and enjoying the experience of getting lost in music! Based in Edinburgh, Oli is our resident Samba tutor and never fails to turn any group into a carnival samba band!
Marcus has been working as a community musician since 1994 and has a wide range of experience in a variety of styles. He has conducted orchestras, led samba bands, assembled carnival brass sections and taught music technology across all age ranges and abilities. Marcus has also composed/produced music for theatre, dance, film and television and is currently musical director of riotous carnival street band, Orkestra del Sol. Marcus brings a lot of fun and playfulness to the Drumfun team and his clowning antics never fail to have groups in stitches of laughter!