A UNIQUE musical melee took place in Dingle last Saturday as the town's fife and drum band fused with the salsa beats of the Global Rhythm Festival which was hosted in the West Kerry town over the weekend.
As the Dingle Fife and Drum Band set off in a round around the town, their world music counterparts Cuisle Chorca Dhuibhne and Tralee's Samba Cuisle were warming up down the road in Avondale. As they neared each other in heat which, let's be fair, is normally more associated with samba beats than the bodhrán, cordial cacophany resulted which brought out the best in both outfits and delighted all in attendanceand especially the little ones present, some of whom broke out in an impromptu dance of their own design.
It was all part of the passion and percussion which was evident on the streets from Saturday to Monday as the second annual Dingle Global Rhythm Festival took place, showcasing world music and percussion styles from across the globe.
Along with the local-global samba, fife and drum mix on Saturday afternoon there was plenty more happening as Rónán Ó Snodaigh from Kíla hosted workshops and performed his own unique bodhrán style. Performances by the Dingle Carnival Band, Splanc, Samba Cuisle, Ghana's Thomas Tetty Annang and Drum Dance Ireland also upped the ante for the weekend and a festival tent out the back of Dick Mack's saw plenty of drum beats as revellers soaked up the atmosphere.
The idea for the festival was originally conceived by Martin Scharer of the Dingle Percussion Workshop and local librarian Bernard MacBradaigh and it would appear that their aim, to bring local, national and international professional and amateur practitioners of music, percussion and dance together in Corca Dhuibhne for an interactive weekend of workshops, performance and events, was certainly achieved this past weekend.