Japanese Taiko Drummers Raise the Roof in Claudy

Taiko Drumming in Claudy

Fiona Umetsu created Ibuki Taiko in 2010 and has spent her time since then working hard to introduce Taiko to many different community groups and schools here in the North of Ireland. Under her guidance, the Ibuki Taiko performance team has grown and progressed to a dedicated performance team committed to perfecting their skills and performing regularly on local and national stages.

As part of the 2013 Music Promise Small Grants Programme, Fiona joined together with St. Colmcille’s and Cumber Claudy primary schools and came up with a plan to create the very first school taiko team ever in the North of Ireland.

Japanese Taiko Drummers in Claudy

Taiko Drumming in Claudy

The new Taiko drumming group  had a vision of how using these different drums a new and shared tradition might be forged. They saw how working together as a Taiko drumming team could break down barriers, change perspectives and forge long-lasting friendships.

Six children from each school came together in February and started on a journey which has culminated in performances at both the Waterside Theatre and at the Claudy festival to date.

Fiona hopes the group will now go from strength to strength as they have enjoyed their drumming experience so much.

The name of the brand new taiko team was chosen carefully to encapsulate the ethos and the hopes behind this project - friendship.