Paul John Dear

Paul John Dear is one of the first and most experienced VMC trained and certified 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 Musical Director for Rhythmbridge, Program Director for the UK Playshop and also for Christine Stevens Music Medicine Professional Facilitation Training. (The first in Europe)

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 in a Music and Arts Development role for Wiston Lodge through Tinto Music and Arts.

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.

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. More recently Paul has been exploring the connection between mindfulness, rhythm and emergence.