Music Meditation Retreat


32 people from 8 countries came to Wiston Lodge for the weekend of May 5th-7th to attend the Tinto Music and Arts Music Medicine  retreat with internationally renowned facilitator and author Christine Stevens.


The group spent a weekend connecting music to nature and working with the Music Medicine Wheel of Silence, Rhythm, Melody and Harmony. The weekend was a huge success and Tinto Music and Arts will be announcing an extended program shortly for May 2018.

A huge thank you to the participants and of course to the inspiring Christine Stevens.


Haste Ye Back.


Winter Gaitherin 2016


Once again the winter is creeping upon us and here at Tinto Music and Arts we are preparing for another Magical Musical Gaitherin. Over the weekend of December 2nd -4th we will host a number of workshops and an evening concert to boot.

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Those of you who attended our previous Gaitherins will need no second invite. Tickets for the weekend workshops will be limited and the gig will be available to purchase separately.(All pricing below)

So…what do we have to offer this year?

Friday night we will welcome you all with a facilitated drum circle and some song helping you to land well.

Saturday will be broken up into a morning session of workshops ( 10.00am-1.00pm, breaks as required), an afternoon session of the same (2.00pm-5.00pm) and the evening gig (8.00pm- till late) This will all be followed by a final workshop session on Sunday morn (10.00am-1.00pm) before we eat a famous Wiston Roast Dinner and say our goodbyes.

This year the workshops will be facilitated by the following:

Claudio Kron Do Brazil


Born and bred in the South of Bahia. Claudio Kron do BRAZIL has travel the world sharing his beloved Brazilian culture and traditions! Claudio has just finished his album BRAZINDIAS where you can experience the flavours of AfroBrazilian culture embedded in Bahia.

This year Claudio will be running workshops explaining the power of Oxira’s in the carnival music of BRAZIL.

Claudio will also perform his amazing solo set for the Sat evening concert.

In this solo show Claudio will be performing songs from his upcoming album plus some lovely sounds from his native Brazil. These are performed on three of Claudio’s favourite instruments: Berimbau, pandeiro and acoustic guitar. Witness the power of African culture in Brazilian traditions and expect a guest or two to join him on stage.

Dr Jane Bentley

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Originally trained in theatre, Jane Bentley spent six years touring the world with the International Purves Puppets. This involved being mostly invisible in such prestigious destinations as Syria, Taiwan, and Auchtermuchty village hall. Having discovered the Community Drum Circle movement in the USA, she headed off to Hawaii to train with it’s foremost exponent, Arthur Hull. She continued her studies by completing her PhD based on drum circles and improvisation, highlighting the effects of group music making on human wellbeing – the first time that the practice of drum circle facilitation has been studied at this level. Further training has included improvisation with the Grammy award winning cellist David Darling and his Music for People organisation, vocal improvisation with Bobby McFerrin, and two Eurpoean Union Leonardo Da Vinci ‘Transfer of Innovation’ projects on music in health settings with the Royal Northern College of Music and Musique et Sante, Paris.

Jane will be facilitating voice workshops and will no doubt spring a ukelele upon us at some point during the weekend 😉

Paul John Dear.


Paul is a teacher and facilitator of rhythmical connection. His studies have taken him across the globe and he has been privileged to work with drummers and musicians from Guinea, Morocco, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Brazil and Ireland as well as many based here in the UK.

He is also a VMC (Village Music Circles) certified Drum Circle Facilitator and has worked alongside it’s founder Arthur Hull since 1999 providing training programs for Global audience.

Paul will host rhythmical Alchemy sessions. He may explore some culturally specific patterns and structures with you or delve into platformed improvisational play. Whatever road he takes, and he usually doesn’t know what that is until you show up, you will be treated to a session full of playfulness, humour and connection. You’ll leave with a smile on your face and deep rhythmical connection in your heart. All drums and percussion are provided but feel free to bring your favourite.



On Saturday night we will be treated to performances from Claudio (see above), Simon Wood and Tamara and as always a few surprise appearances from within the Wiston musical stable. The night will end with either an open jam or dj’s or both!!!

A fantastic night awaits you.

Simon Wood and Tamara


The evocative sounds of the Hang meet the ethereal and goose bump inducing voice of Tamara who sings like an angel and plays the fiddle like a demon. Simon looks like a demon and well, plays the hang quite angelically at times.
Expect slow and atmospheric music at the start with Arabic , Indian , African, Celtic and electronic influences building up to a crescendo of hypnotic trancey driving beats, hands in the air – lets hug a tree mayhem.
Weekend Ticket to include accommodation, food, workshops and concert @ £175
Evening concert only to include dinner at Wiston @ £25
Booking Form below.

Winter Solstice Gathering at Wiston Lodge



Presents a Winter Solstice Gathering 2015 Dec 18th – 20th @ Wiston Lodge


We are very excited to present this line up for you…World Class Workshop Leaders and Live Music and Film that will blow your socks off…seriously…check out the info below…this is going to be magical.

The best part is that you can have ALL OF THIS and your food and accommodation for just £150.

We are selling only 30 residential weekend tickets so don’t hang about. Fill in the form below to secure a spot.

Sat evening tickets will be available separately for the concert and film screening at a cost of £15. Saturday evening Dinner can be ordered too at £8.50 so you can make an evening of it. (Fill in form above)

Here is the FULL weekend Schedule: BE AMAZED 🙂

Friday Dec 18th

Dinner 1900-2000

Community Drum Circle/Opening Ceremony 2000-2200

Sat Dec 19th

Breakfast 0900-1000

Morning Workshops: 1000-1200 (3 Options)

Choose from Drumming with Paul John Dear

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Singing with Dr Jane Bentley

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Dancing with GODS (Glasgow Open Dance School)


1200-1300 FREE TIME

LUNCH 1300-1400

Afternoon Workshops: 1400-1600 Drum with Paul, Sing with Jane, Dance with GODS.

1600-1800 FREE TIME

DINNER 1800-1900

Live Music 1930-2130

Hang/Kora combo with Simon Wood and Holly Marland.

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Simon Wood is a magnificent hang drum player from Newcastle, Holly is Hebden Bridge’s favourite Kora player (well, only Kora player as yet!). Working together they’ve been on a mini tour of the North.

Simon and Holly will perform a magical extravaganza of dance-trance combining their exquisite sound worlds for us. Watch out for special guest cameos.

Mometo and friends: Ceremonial rhythms and songs from the African shamanic tradition of Gabon


Mometo (aka Ben Taylor) first went to Gabon in 2007 and has since returned three times to receive initiations and healings in the tradition called Bwiti. The music, whose polyrhythms are designed to engender altered mind states, is a vital, and very specific part of the ceremonies and he has been learning it since 2010. There are two main instruments used: the Ngombi, an eight stringed harp, and the Mungongo, a large, one stringed mouthbow. These instruments, along with rhythm sticks, rattles, drums and a chorus of singers, provide the hypnotic music that propels the all-night ceremonies. Mometo will be accompanied by his wife Kate who has also visited Gabon and encountered this music in the jungle where it originated.

Solo Performance from Claudio Kron Do Brazil

claudio-46“As always I introduce myself as a Brazilian percussionist! I am passionate about percussion and I love to work with a whole range of percussion instruments. The stage has become my second home, a place where I feel very comfortable performing the story of my life in terms of sounds, colours and vibrancy!”
Born in Bahia, Claudio kron do BRAZIL is a percussionist, poet and composer. In this solo show Claudio will be performing songs from his upcoming album plus some lovely sounds from his native Brazil. These are performed on three of Claudio’s favourite instruments: Berimbau, pandeiro and acoustic guitar. The power of African culture in Brazilian traditions. I will be honoured to have the accompaniment of Paul Dear, my friend percussionist from Yorkshire based at Wiston now.

2130-2330 Film Screening of Hecho En Mexico by Duncan Bridgeman ( 1 Giant Leap, What about me?)

2300 Dj’s till L8

Sunday Dec 20th:

Breakfast 0900-1000

1000-1100 FREE TIME

Daytime: Workshops: 1100-1300 Choose from Drumming with Paul John Dear, Singing with Dr Jane Bentley, Dancing with GODS (Glasgow Open Dance School)

Lunch (Roast Dinner) 1300-1400

Sun Afternoon: Closing Ceremony 1400-1500

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.

Don’t forget to follow us on both Twitter and Facebook.

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