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About Jo May

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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 has studied West African drumming and balafon (West African xylophone) with a number of different teachers, both in England and in Senegal. And she has completed courses in Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian percussion with One Voice Music.

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 groups, 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 fiddler, Linda Game, or guitarist, Matt Sullivan.

Jo currently performs regularly with Against the Grain, Stepling, WindBeaten, Token Women, as well as various freelance groups and projects. Previous groups include folk trio Zoox, and European band Freyja. See my Performance page

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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Photo by Jo Salisbury