Paul John Dear is the founder and driving force behind Rhythmbridge
He is one of the first and most experienced Arthur Hull trained Drum Circle Facilitators in the UK and has developed his facilitation skills in a wide variety of settings including Educational, Corporate and Community. He is currently the Program Director for UK Playshop, which delivers Drum Circle Training to a Global Community.
Paul has also studied culturally specific rhythms across the years. Here are some of the Teachers/Cultures he has worked with.
- Senegal ( Lamine Bodian, Bougarabou, Koulaty Kabo, Serouba)
- Ghana (Tetty Amoah, Ni Tagoe, Kpanlogo/Ewe, Ben Lawrence)
- Guinea ( Iya Sako, Nanasady Keita, Djembe)
- Morocco ( Mohammed Ibna Sin, Bendir, Darabuka)
- Brazil ( Duddu Tucci, Claudio Kron, Samba)
He has performed with Beyondrum, The Kajamor Family and Maghribibeat and was part of the team that delivered Rhythm and Grooves, a Festival Of African Music and Dance in West Yorkshire and is now volunteering some of his time for Wiston Lodge in a Music and Arts Development role through Tinto Music and Arts
Paul is a charismatic workshop leader and delivers his sessions with warmth, humour and a high degree of professionalism. Since 1999 Rhythmbridge has delivered thousands of workshops to a wide diversity of communities and continues to be one of the most innovative drum companies around.
Educational workshops have been at the core of Paul’s work since 1999 and he is now delivering an exciting Expressive Rhythm Stories Training to Educators internationally. More recently Paul has been exploring the connection between mindfulness, rhythm and emergence
To stand in the middle of a circle and say “Look at me, then do what I tell you to do” could invoke the response of “Who do you think you are? Stop showing off you ego-maniac!”.
Yet no-one even thinks of saying this to Paul Dear. Why? Because you know that when he’s there centre stage he has only your well-being in mind. Your development, your enjoyment and, on a good day, your transformation.
Yes, he’s having a good time and it shows, but only because he’s fulfilling his dream of bringing people together in rhythm. An expert, disciplined musician who hides it all in devotion to humorously creating community. Entertainer and Elder, a holy man who can drink you under the table without missing a beat or an opportunity to serve.
There are very few people walking on this planet with the quiet magnitude of Paul Dear, I count myself lucky that I’ve danced with him in that circle and learned from his mastery.
Tom Morley, Instant Teamwork