Playshop Success


Another wonderful event held at Wiston Lodge during the weekend of Oct 23-25.

Hosted by TMA we had 46 people attend the training with Arthur Hull and it was all rounded off with a graduation drum circle in Biggar as part of the Biggar Little Festival attended by 80 in total.

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Testimonials to follow and next year we will host a 6 day program.

Looking forward now to our Winter Solstice Gaetherin…more to follow on that.


Looking forward at Tinto Music and Arts


We have just filled up the last of our places for the annual UK Playshop taking place at The Lodge on Oct 23-25. This year we will welcome facilitators from Lithuania, Turkey, Italy, England, Ireland and of course Scotland.

We look forward to another fantastic training weekend which will culminate in a Community Drum Circle as part of The Biggar Little Festival on Sunday Oct 25th at 11.00am.


On Oct 31st we are hosting a Mindfulness day at Wiston. Contact Meg 07835 362774 for more details.

From November 1st we are  beginning a Youth Music Initiative project across Dumfries and Galloway delivering Expressive Rhythm Stories and African Style drum workshops to 25 schools, (P1-P7) over a 12 week program with Paul John Dear as well as delivering CPD to the staff from all the schools. Look out for Blog updates.

In December we are already hatching plans for a weekend Winter Solstice Gathering. We will have Workshops for Singing, Dancing, Drumming, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Mindfulness, a Saturday Night Concert and perhaps a Special Guest!!!

Stay Tuned. Details will follow but keep Dec 18th-20th clear in your diaries.

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Stay Connected. TMA xxx



Tinto Music and Arts at Non Stuff Festival


Another fantastic Festival here at The Lodge with the lovely folks from Non Stuff

We were delighted to offer drum workshops through our resident rhythmical alchemist Paul John Dear and also a showcase of music on the Saturday night featuring three fabulous artisits we have met and fallen in love with since TMA came into being.

Huge Thanks go to:

Marc Constantine

Holly Marland

Simon Wood

Coming soon our annual fling with UKPlayshop and then a Winter Solstice Gathering that will be awesome.Awesome I tell you.

See y’all soon xxx

Drum Trek


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This July 2015, I will set off from John O’Groats in the far North West of Scotland and head South towards Lands End in Cornwall on a journey, a rhythmical odyssey I am calling Drum Trek. The aim of the trek is to fund raise for two charities, Tinto Music and Arts ( a creative partner to Wiston Lodge) and Stainsby Festival I have worked alongside both these organisations over the last 15 years in different capacities. At Wiston, I have helped to deliver UK Playshop since 2008 and in the last 12 months Tinto Music and Arts has taken over the running of this internationally renowned Drum Circle Facilitator Training program, led by Arthur Hull. In that time Tinto Music and Arts has also hosted/produced a number of other events including, The Wee Drum Gathering, Rhythms of the World:Tinto Africa, The Great Northern Handpan Gathering, The Border Collie Sangha Retreat and Drum Iona. Stainsby is a real community run festival…all volunteers and a place where the community drum circle is an integral part of the event. We have had a fabulous long term relationship and every year when they pay me, I hand back the fee and say use it to support the community…and they do. My wish is to help them to purchase the land on which they have run this festival, The Field of Dreams.

So both, I hope you will agree, worthy recipients of support.

How can you help? 1. Sponsor Me on the Trek. Lots of small donations will help us achieve our target of £25,000. Visit Go Fund Me to make a donation or post us a cheque. (PM me for details)

2. Share, share, share via Social Media. We have a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Tell your friends about the Drum Trek Guy…Spread the word…often as possible…I would love to create a BUZZ about this.

3. Attend one of the 26 Community Drum Circles. All venues/locations and timings at the Website (ongoing updates coming in) Come along and drum drum drum. This is going to be a significant moment in my life, making this journey and connecting in with the drumming community in the UK.

Please support me in whatever way you can.

Much Love.

Paul John Dear


Thank You to Everyone…….


……who made the Rhythms of the World residential and Tinto Africa concert such a huge success.

This is the kind of event we have dreamed of hosting at Wiston Lodge since Tinto Music and Arts was incorporated back in the summer of this year 2014.

We had a wonderful series of drumming workshops led by our very own Paul John Dear of Rhythmbridge connecting  a wide variety of learner levels and to create some very hot grooves. The place was bouncing all weekend.

The Saturday concert was everything we could have hoped for with World Class Music and Dance on offer.

To All Our Artists:

  • Paul John Dear for your wonderful teaching and for organising and then holding the space
  • Johhny ‘Jali Rusholme‘ Hodgkinson for your beautiful Kora playing. Beggae.
  •  Simon Wood for a mesmerising performance on the Hang. We were blown away.
  • The drummers of Ayawara and their dancers, Ashanti Harris and Romany Dear for bringing the evening to a close with a fabulous display of traditional Malinke Rhythm and Song.



Lastly but never ever leastly YOU….Yep you…all of the wonderful participants who made this possible.

Without you there is nothing. We feel Blessed.


Oh and one final thing….there is going to be a lot more of this. We promise. Please subscribe to our blog to keep in touch and like us at Facebook and/or follow us a Twitter.

Love and Light

Tinto Music and Arts



Help ReForestNation and Go to the Ball


Well not the ball exactly but the concert Tinto Africa or the weekend residential drum workshop ‘Rhythms of the World’

How does it work? Pretty simple. You visit ReForestNation at their crowd-funding page and view the select a perk panel on the right side of the site. Scroll down and  you will find (shortly) options to buy concert tickets or drum weekend places.

So we still get YOU drumming and dancing with us and you also get to feel really good about yourself for helping to save the planet too.

Win-Win. Everybody is happy. Limited spots available so go book em folks.


Paul x

Tinto Music and Arts present Rhythms of the World Workshops and Live Fundraiser


Over the weekend of Dec 12th-14th 2014 Tinto Music and Arts will host a drumming workshop with Paul John Dear @ Wiston Lodge House stay, cabins and live in vehicle options. Full payment secures you a place. Limited to 25 persons. BOOK HERE Weekend Timings: Fri Dec 12th Arrive if possible for dinner at 6.00pm ( If you are going to be later we can keep food for you  if we know in advance) Drum Tuition 7.30pm – 9.30pm 9.30pm onwards will be time to hang out by the fire, jam, sleep…whatever you want. Sat Dec 13th Breakfast 9.00am Drum Tuition 10.00am-1.00pm Lunch 1.00pm Drum Tuition 2.00pm – 5.00 pm Dinner 6.00pm 7.00pm Decorate and set up the Hall for the evening performance. Bring African inspired fabrics, items if you wish/can. From 8.00pm on Saturday night there will be a  drum and dance performance from AYAWARA with support from a roots line up of the Kajamor Family  and later we can dance the night away to sets from world music DJ’ Josh Duncan. Ayawara are an Afro percussion and dance group based in Glasgow for more than 10 years. They play, and dance to the fantastic and diverse rhythms and songs of traditional West Africa (mainly from the Mandigue culture). The Kajamor Family has it’s roots in the casamance music of serouba and bougarabou. Tickets @ £10 on the door or in advance from Paul 07961 223890/ This will be a fantastic weekend and a superb gig. Hope to see you there.


Ayawara in action

Hello and welcome to Tinto Music and Arts


We are an emergent Arts and  Music organisation based in Wiston, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, with the beautiful Tinto hill as our backdrop and inspiration.

Just like a climb up the hill itself, we  know that the journey will take many steps and at times we will need to stop, take in the view, breathe and continue on our merry way.

We aim to provide more access to Music and The Arts for the whole community surrounding Wiston.

It is our aim to provide exceptional cultural experiences in both Music and The Arts rooted both in the Scottish tradition and drawing on cultures from around the globe.

We have on our doorstep a most fabulous venue, the stunning Wiston Lodge, and our work will be delivered to support the Lodge in it’s charitable aims and it’s curriculum for PSED.

We will begin our story by providing an evening of music at the Non Stuff Festival on Saturday Sept 13th and we have a great line up of bands including Haggerdash, The Darling Clementine’s, Matt Lehane and Kieron O’Neill and a few surprises to boot.

The following weekend we host the fantastic Arthur Hull and UK Playshop for 6 days.

We have a few irons in the fire too including…..well it’d be no good telling you everything now would it?

Tune in to this regular blog to find out more or better still subscribe so you don’t miss a thing.

TMA Team x