Video: Miserlou

This is the tune that played at my Initiation ceremony at Tomsk State University. I played Honey Bunny. And now I play the rhythm.

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We turn this composition into a little quiz game with our audiences. We ask the name of it and where they have heard it before. See if you can tell.

Oxana, of course, had known Miserlou only as an opening titles tune for Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. Oxana is a huge Tarantino fan and played Honey Bunny in a skit for Initiation Day in her University.

Andrew and Steve, being better musically educated, knew that Miserlou had been recorded many times before Tarantino had an insight to use the song for his seminal piece of cinematography.

In fact, Spotify has hundreds of versions. But it was Dick Dale’s American surf rock version of Miserlou that took flight to fame thanks to Pulp Fiction. Steve does a bit of riffs on his mandola in honour of that version for us.

Trivia point: the word Miserlou means “Egyptian.”

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Incidentals introduce children to frame drumming at Heptonstall Family Day 2016

More community outreach with my frame drum band Incidentals

Incidentals and Todmorden Frame Drum Group

Beth Hardman and Sandi Beth Hardman and Sandi

Oxana and Sandi of Incidentals were excited to introduce adults and children to frame drumming at Heptonstall Family Day 2016. We were warmly welcomed by the organiser Beth Hardman, who subsequently said: “It was really good having you as part of the day.”

FirstTestOfFrameDrums26032016We had families with children young and younger join us informally and check out the instruments.

We played a couple of songs and instrumentals and led an introductory session of frame drumming.

Oxana and Sandi by the stained glass windows Oxana and Sandi by the stained glass windows

Children had their first try of frame drums along with shakers and other percussion in the beautiful interior of Heptonstall Church.

Frame drumming inside Heptonstall Church Frame drumming inside Heptonstall Church

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Incidentals lead a drumming session at Hebden Bridge Women’s Institute

Doing our bit for flood relief

Incidentals and Todmorden Frame Drum Group

HBWIDumming18012016 Members of Hebden Bridge Women’s Institute drumming with Sarah (far left)

On 18th January Incidentals led a drumming session for Hebden Bridge Women’s Institute. We are donating our earning to Calderdale Flood Fund to help local residents and businesses recover from the recent floods.

We had an excellent turn-out, with about 50 women coming to the drum circle.

I had never heard frame drumming and it was really lovely and relaxing to listen to Oxana and her drummers.  She was also an interesting speaker and a patient teacher!  I enjoyed the session and would like to do more. – Polly

We played a composition based on variations of a rhythm used by Sufi as taught by Layne Redmond. Oxana spoke a little bit about history of women playing frame drums and about Layne Redmond, who inspired so many women to connect through frame drumming.

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Frame drumming at French and Breton music and dance workshop

Sandi and I have discovered French folk music and dance and met some wonderful musicians

Incidentals and Todmorden Frame Drum Group

Petra and musicians Petra and musicians

On Sat 26 September 2015 Oxana and Sandi of Incidentals attended French and Breton music and dance workshop organised by Les Panards Dansants – French Music and Dance in West Yorkshire.

The music/dance workshop, 1 to 2.30 pm (£2) was brilliant, we had such a great time. There was around 20 or more musicians playing guitars, violin, mandolin and similar instruments, bag pipes, bodhran, accordian, tambourine and much more. They had obviously played together a lot, they were excellent!

Neil, first left with a hand drum on the photo, also played a Glen Velez tambourine and a Meinl pandeiro. He learnt from YouTube!

Sandi and Oxana at the workshop Sandi and Oxana at the workshop

We joined in with our drums.

There was lovely food to help yourself to and make a brew in the interval. (Refreshments (£2) or bring and share a dish).

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Spring is welcome in Calderdale: together we celebrate

Todmorden Frame Drum Group and all-women frame drum band Incidentals held a community Spring celebration

Incidentals and Todmorden Frame Drum Group

Circle Dance for celebrating Spring Circle Dance for celebrating Spring

We drummed, we sang and we danced with the help of musicians from Incidentals band and Todmorden Frame Drum Group at Welcome Spring communal celebration on 21 March.

Other creatives and spiritual teachers joined:

  • Guest bodhrán player Anna Zueva-Owens,
  • Guest fiddle and recorder player Anna Butler,
  • Sacred Song teacher Susan Askey, who teaches on first Sundays of every month at 2 pm in Hebden,
  • and Sandi and Irene, members of the circle dance group led by Sophia Hatch that meets at the Oddfellows Hall, Todmorden on Thursday mornings.

The circle is open, but never broken!

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Incidentals at World Vegan Day Gig, 1 November 2014, Todmorden

My band Incidentals played at World Vegan Day Gig

Incidentals and Todmorden Frame Drum Group

Incidentals at World Vegan Day Gig Incidentals at World Vegan Day Gig

We were happy to play at World Vegan Day Gig organised by 3 Valley Veg*ns for two reasons: One, we got free delicious vegan dinner, and Two: it was the first time when Clare, our new flute player, joined us in performance.

Clare with her Native American Flute Clare with her Native American Flute

You can see Clare’s short bio here. Clare plays classical flute, as well as two Native American flutes: one large made with Yew and another smaller made with Holly.

The magical sounds of all three weaved in perfectly into the drumming and vocals.

To honour World Vegan Day, 1 November, the date when the world’s first Vegan Society was founded in the UK in 1944, we included a Buddhist Precept “not to kill” into our Shamanic Intro.

Sandi on Shamanic Drum Sandi on Shamanic Drum

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Incidentals will play at World Vegan Day Gig in Fielden Centre, Todmorden

See my frame drum band Incidentals, introducing Clare on Native American flutes at World Vegan Day Gig

Incidentals and Todmorden Frame Drum Group

WVegan day event posterIncidentals will perform at World Vegan Day Gig, Sat 1 November, Fielden Centre, Todmorden, at 9 pm. Food from 7 pm, live entertainment from 7.30 pm.

Entry £7.

We are excited to have a flute player Clare join Incidentals. Come to see her play enchanting Native American flutes to go with the drumming.

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Incidentals at Heptonstall Festival 2014: Photos

My frame drum band Incidentals played Heptonstall Festival 2014

Incidentals and Todmorden Frame Drum Group

Incidentals at Weavers Square Stage Incidentals at Weavers Square Stage

Here we are, Sandi on Shamanic Remo Buffalo Drum, Oxana on Komuz, and Sarah on whistle ready for our brand new Intro to our set.

Incidentals with a member of audience Incidentals with a member of audience

We have been overwhelmed by warm welcome from Festival Organisers, our compere and the sound engineers.

After we have finished playing, kind members of audience both adults and children took time to talk to us, asking questions about our drums.

– Is is a Bodhran?

– No, it’s not, it’s a frame drum.

Our younger spectators told us they were thinking of starting a band themselves.

We wish them best of luck!

Our set consisted of three instrumental pieces: OxanaAndSarahHeptonstall20092014

  • Reversals
  • Fusion
  • Circle Dance

And three pairs of folk songs:

  • two Russian
  • two Ukrainian and
  • two Macedonian

A member of the

Sandi with a frame drum bag Sandi with a frame drum bag

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