Festival opens with drums


The High Street was in festive mood for the start of the Rye Arts Festival last Saturday September 17.

Outside Adams stationers was the Rye Ukulele Experiment with some rousing tunes and further down the street, marching in opposition to the traffic were the Drumskullz.

Rye Ukelele Orchestra
Rye Ukulele Experiment

Drumskullz was formed three years ago, several of its members coming from other drum groups and its 35 members hail from all over 1066 country, Hastings, Bexhill, Battle and around Rye.

They drum throughout the year at different festivals; this year performing at Jack in the Green and Pirate Day in Hastings, Rochester Sweeps Festival, Faversham Hop Festival, Big Green Cardigan, Day of Syn in Dymchurch and other local fetes and festivals.

Drumskullz were delighted to be invited to take part in the opening day of Rye Arts Festival and hope to be asked again.  Their busiest time of year is the bonfire season from October to December, when they are out and about each weekend for two months, dressed as pirates but with skull or “day of the dead” face-paint.

Photos: Kenneth Bird and John Minter

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