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New na­tional drum fair brings vin­tage trea­sures to the Mid­lands this month

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Great news for vin­tage drum en­thu­si­asts, as Si­mon John’s Vin­tage Drum Show opens its doors this month to drum­mers hop­ing to check out, per­haps buy, or show off their own beau­ti­ful vin­tage gear. The show will be held over the week­end of 30th Septem­ber to 1st Oc­to­ber at the Stan­dard Tri­umph Club in Coven­try and is sure to pro­vide a ban­quet of vin­tage drum treats for drum en­thu­si­asts.

A fan­tas­tic se­lec­tion of classic gear on show is set to in­clude kits from Slinger­land, Premier, Lud­wig, Gretsch, Trixon, Asba, Olympic, Tromsa and more, with the prom­ise of up to 25-30 kits on show at any given time over the week­end.

The non-profit an­nual event is the suc­ces­sor to the bril­liant UK Na­tional Drum Fair, which is cur­rently on hia­tus. Show or­gan­iser Si­mon John tells us that the show is “or­gan­ised, pro­moted and man­aged by drum­mers for drum­mers and aims to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for the dis­play, pro­mo­tion, trad­ing of drums and drum­ming skills”.

Si­mon ex­plains to Rhythm, “Hav­ing pre­vi­ously been in­volved as a com­mit­tee mem­ber of the UK Na­tional Drum Fair and my fo­cus be­ing on the vin­tage side, it seemed a nat­u­ral course to take as cur­rently the NDF isn’t op­er­at­ing as a show. My role within the Na­tional Drum Fair show was stall li­ai­son and the Vin­tage Vault, and this is one fea­ture that I hope to ex­pand upon.”

Si­mon tells us re­ac­tion to his new show has been phe­nom­e­nal. “All the stalls are now booked for this year’s show! I’m still get­ting en­quiries from po­ten­tial stall hold­ers, the re­sponse has been fan­tas­tic!” Si­mon adds, “It just proves there’s still a mar­ket for a vin­tage drum show, and in the cur­rent cli­mate one which is af­ford­able for both stall hold­ers and the pub­lic!”

As well as two days of beau­ti­ful vin­tage drums on dis­play, and the chance to meet

Rhythm’s own gear guru Ge­off Ni­cholls in ac­tion check­ing out kits for his Vin­tage pages in the mag, the Sun­day of the show boasts a truly special event. Tris­tan Long of the Tor­na­dos will be launch­ing a ‘Six­ties Drum­mers And Their Gear’ 2018 cal­en­dar in aid of The Brain Tu­mour Char­ity. The cal­en­dar fea­tures photos of Nick Ma­son of Pink Floyd, Scott Ot­t­away (The Searchers), Barry Wit­wam (Her­man’s Her­mits), Lou Rosen­thal (The Mersey­beats) and Nick Wool­gar (The Pace­mak­ers). Well-known drum­mer and drum ed­u­ca­tor Lloyd Ryan, who also fea­tures in the cal­en­dar, will be at the show to give a short pre­sen­ta­tion and demon­stra­tion on a Sakae kit, and will be on hand to sign copies of the cal­en­dar.

Si­mon adds, “The show is a labour of love but it’s for all of us to en­joy, meet up with old friends and make new. The drum­ming community is still as pas­sion­ate as its’ ever been and I wel­come ev­ery­one to make this a great event in the drum­ming cal­en­dar.”

Si­mon John’s Vin­tage Drum Show runs from 30th Septem­ber to 1st Oc­to­ber at the Stan­dard Tri­umph Club, Herald Ave, Coven­try. Tick­ets are £5 on the door, with un­der-14s al­lowed free ad­mis­sion. For more info visit www. vin­tage­drums.co.uk

And don’t for­get, more vin­tage good­ness is promised for the Rhythm- backed Lon­don Drum Show 2017, 11-12 Novem­ber at Olympia, Lon­don. Dru­mat­tic will be cu­rat­ing the show’s Vin­tage Show­case, which prom­ises a raft of gor­geous vin­tage kits for you to drool over. Get your tick­ets now from www.lon­don­drumshow.com, and we’ll see you at both events!

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