Paul Cook, aka didge Tall Paul grew up in a village just outside of Dartford and has lived in Kent for most of his life; and after doing a fair bit of travelling including Australia of course, has now been living in Gravesend with his wife and two children for the past 15 years.
He has been playing didgeridoo for about 25 years and is now considered to be one of the foremost didgeridoo performers in the UK with several appearances on radio stations across the country, television and also producing music in film such as Tom Clancy‘s “Remainder.”
Lindfield Arts Festival are delighted that he will be performing in the United Reform Church at 10.45am -11.15am on Saturday 22nd September and if you would like to learn to play the didgeridoo, there will be two workshops during the afternoon in the Red Lion back room. One at 12.30pm and the other at 2.30pm. Both will be an hour long.
Paul has produced three didgeridoo albums over his many years of playing: Hollow, Raspberry ripple and his latest album 10 tunes from 22 years of tongue twisters.
Most of you love the sound of the didgeridoo but have never had the opportunity to learn how to play this wonderful instrument……well now’s your chance ! Paul has been playing this instrument for over 25 years and teaching it at festivals and in schools for about 15 years so come and join him and he will break it down into small easy to learn steps.
He will be starting with the very basic drone techniques working with bending the note higher and lower. Then teaching you how to use vocal calls that are used for animal sounds within the Australian outback and finishing with making the mysterious Circular breathing which allows players to keep rhythms flowing indefinitely easy to understand and achievable.
For all of you that can already play there will be plenty of opportunity for some expert tips whether it be help with building rhythms, improving vocals or the breathing techniques that are the structural points of all styles of play that you hear from famous didgeridoo players.
Within all of this Paul will be touching on a little information on aboriginal Australian culture. Certainly worthwhile joining him
Paul started making didgeridoos around about the year 2000 and his instruments are widely respected by players across the world. He makes to different styles of didgeridoo. One is with imported wood from Australia which has been termite eaten and then shaped with the use of very long chisels and the other is with a variety of native English would known as split wood didgeridoos.
He has been teaching didgeridoo for many years within Gravesend didgeridoo club which meets every fourth Saturday of the month, runs workshops at a large variety of festivals and visits schools to teach didgeridoo and aboriginal Australian culture. Throughout the year he runs a stall at festivals selling and teaching didgeridoo and many other musical instruments from around the world.
Paul also runs his own festival called elementary didgeridoo Festival which is now in its fourth year, This is a world music Festival with music from Africa, India, Slovakia ,Tibet to name but a few and of course a fair bit of didgeridoo.