Award winning community music group Drumatik is seeking support from the local community to help them win an award for the ‘Best Arts Project’ through the National Lottery Good Causes project.

Drumatik - Image courtesy of National Lottery Good Causes
Drumatik – Image courtesy of National Lottery Good Causes

Drumatik is a community drumming group which covers the West Fife area, and have played all over the UK at a range of events, from football matches to appearances at the Holyrood Scottish Parliament building.

Drumatik were based at Grainger Street in Lochgelly for many years, but they have moved to the Hill of Beath to more suitable rehearsal space. They have many members from the local area, and still support Lochgelly, so we are keen to show our support back.

Mike Wallace, founding member of Drumatik says

My aim for Drumatik was to create a drumming group that would be recognised for the quality of the music and skill of the drummers, and not to be patronised because many of the members have a learning disability. I’m proud to say, we have achieved this.

The many awards won by the Drumatik group is testament to the achievements the Drumatik group has made, and witnessing their music, they are certainly very talented drummers.

Apart from providing creative music learning to people with learning disabilities, the project also provides a valuable social support network for individuals, that may feel marginalised within our communities.

One example is the story of Lochgelly girl, Kirsty, a young lady that felt increasingly isolated in the community, which then negatively impacted on her self-confidence and self-esteem, to the point that she was rarely leaving her flat, and becoming even more isolated in the local area.

Kirsty says that Drumatik has been a lifeline for her, and her confidence has increased going from strength to strength. Drumatik say Kirsty is a valuable and integral member of the group, showing up to rehearsals early to help set-up, socialise with members, and has made 20 new friends through the group.

Mike Wallace further states;

Adults with learning difficulties may struggle to feel involved in their community, perhaps lacking faith in themselves. By being part of a group and expressing themselves through fantastic music, the members of Drumatik have received a huge confidence boost as well as an exciting hobby which can take them all over Scotland to play gigs including world renowned events such as The Royal Highland Show and the West End Festival in Glasgow.

Currently the group are keen to get local support to win the Best Arts Project award. You can show your support to Drumatik by visiting; http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/drumatik and giving them your vote.

You can learn more about Drumatik at their official website: http://drumatik.com/.

Good luck from the LoSW team, we hope you win the award.

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