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About Jo May

Regular workshops

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Jo originally trained at the Royal College of Music and began her career working with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra. A trip to Sidmouth Folk Festival sparked an enthusiasm for traditional music, which led to her interest in West African and Afro-Cuban music, as well as folk music from Europe and the British Isles. She currently performs with Against the Grain, Stepling, Intarsia, Token Women, as well as for various freelance groups and projects.

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Jo is an experienced percussion teacher and workshop leader. She has spent many years working as a peripatetic music teacher in schools; running African Drumming Workshops; and previously running a range of exciting rhythm-based workshops with her group, Tapatak. Jo currently runs Spoons Workshops for all ages, in schools, and for parties, festivals and other events. She teaches a variety of techniques and rhythms on an assortment of spoons, often accompanied by a fiddler or other musician.

I was amazed and delighted by the music from our spoons, the teacher displayed dazzling virtuosity. I'll never look at our cutlery drawer in the same way. Great fun!

Dr Stephanie Taylor


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spoons player
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