A world record-breaking drummer from Co Antrim is to affix among the largest names in music to participate in a world drumming relay marathon subsequent month for psychological well being.
li Brown, who misplaced his companion Sharon Deegan to pancreatic most cancers in the beginning of this 12 months, will drum for 12 hours straight by means of the evening of Could 19 to lift help for and consciousness of psychological well being and the affect of the pandemic on musicians.
He stated that gearing up for Drumathon Stay had given him one thing constructive to give attention to.
Ali, who has appeared a number of instances within the Guinness E-book of World Information for particular person drumathons, will be a part of drummers from bands akin to Creativeness, Coldplay, Kaiser Chiefs, Degree 42 and Tradition Membership within the large drumathon, which shall be livestreamed from 10am on Could 15 to 10pm on Could 22.
The Lisburn man, who at present lives in Castlewellan and who took half in final 12 months’s inaugural Drumathon Stay, defined how he acquired concerned.
“I had it in my thoughts that I needed to do one thing for the NHS final 12 months, so I did a 24-hour drumathon,” he stated.
“I noticed that Errol Kennedy, of the Eighties supergroup Creativeness, had completed a drumathon and was organising a drum relay to lift cash for the NHS, with every drummer doing a 12-hour shift, so I emailed him and requested if I might take part.
“I might describe myself as an novice drummer. It is extra of a passion for me, although I’ve performed in a number of native bands.
“Errol gave me a slot and I did a 12-hour shift, taking the baton from The Kooks’ drummer Alexis Nunez and handing it over to Paul Stewart, from The Feeling.
“This 12 months, I am again on the evening shift, drumming from 10pm to 10am. The occasion is even larger than final 12 months, with names like Will Champion, from Coldplay, and Phil Gould, from Degree 42, participating. I am honoured to be becoming a member of them.”
The drumathon, which was co-organised by Bev Sage, of Techno Twins, will function as much as 40 artists from all over the world, with many extra well-known drummers anticipated so as to add their names to the record.
For final 12 months’s marathon, Ali arrange his drum equipment in the lounge of his dwelling, however he’ll journey to London subsequent month to livestream from a studio there.
Sharon, a music fan who met Ali three years in the past by means of their curiosity in drumming, was a supporter of his fundraising and report bids. She inspired him to participate in final 12 months’s Drumathon Stay and to place his identify ahead for this one.
Ali, who works for structural metal fabricator Walter Watson, stated: “When Sharon took sick, my job allowed me to earn a living from home so I might take care of her.
“After she died, I attempted to maintain doing that, however I simply wasn’t motivated. I went again to the workplace, which is near my dwelling, and that basically helped.
“I’ve my moments, however work and having my household and mates round has given me a way of normality. I do know Sharon was happy with me. She would not need me moping round.”
The drumathon will finish with a livestreamed present that includes movie star interviews, musical friends and a web based public sale.
To donate, go to https://drumathon.live/drumathon-live-2021