JubalCreechJoin NC-based musician, percussionist, educator and storyteller, Jubal Creech for a week of drumming your heart out in Ground Yourself with Rhythm April 20-26 (Earth Week).

Drumming is as old as the first heartbeat of human kind. It is a universal, percussive language for communities around the world in celebration of everything from moon cycles and the turning of the seasons to dance! Play all sorts of drums and drumming rhythms from places such as West Africa (djembe, dundun), East Africa (mbira), Cuba (conga, bongo), and America (snare drum, tambourine). We may try some low-impact, African-influenced movement and make simple percussive instruments to take home. All levels welcome! Register for Jubal’s class at the Folk School on our website.

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Did you know that…
• Drumming is for everyone no matter their musical level. It does not require participants to read music or understand music theory.
• Drumming reduces stress, boosts the immune system and lowers blood pressure.
• Drumming activates both sides of the brain and can help the mind achieve hemispheric coordination.
• Drumming is fun! It releases endorphins in the human brain that cause feelings of happiness and euphoria. It’s a great reason to gather with other people and to share in a common experience.  

Along with teaching, recording and performing, Jubal has founded the community-based drum circle network, an exciting place to experience the spirit of collaboration through rhythm. A well-traveled, well-studied, energetic and encouraging facilitator, Jubal has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people while sharing his love of the drum.  

Be inspired by a great video of a performance led by Jubal at Little/Middle:

See more great videos on Jubal’s YouTube Channel.

Annie Fain Barralon
Written by Annie Fain Barralon

Annie Fain is a native of the crafts and music/dance community of Brasstown and is now the Folk School’s Music & Dance Coordinator. She teaches a variety of classes at the school including book arts, clawhammer banjo, Appalachian clogging, and waltz clogging. Annie Fain plays banjo and banjo uke for the all-woman string band, Blue Eyed Girl, and has danced with both Loafers Glory Clog Morris and the Green Grass Cloggers. She continues to sell her handmade books, greeting cards, and original watercolors regionally and always wishes there were more time in a day!