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



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



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/ info@rhythmbridge.com This will be a fantastic weekend and a superb gig. Hope to see you there.


Ayawara in action