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Drum roll for Hip Joint DC gig in Bogan’s, Omagh

A funky fundraising night is taking place next weekend to help support a new community percussion group in Omagh.
 
This initiative – named ‘Community Rhythms’- is scheduled to officially launch in September and will provide musical workshops throughout the area.
 
Well-known Omagh drummer Aidan Dunphy is part of the Community Rhythms committee.
 
He explained, “Our aim is to deliver drumming and percussion workshops to community groups. This is about bringing music to young children, senior citizens groups and everyone in-between. We are also passionate about working with those who have learning difficulties or mental health issues because music can be such a wonderful therapeutic tool.
 
“This is a new group with a lot of local talented musicians who will deliver the workshops. We hope to officially launch in September and will welcome expressions of interest through our Community Rhythms Facebook page.”
 
To raise funds for this community music project, Aidan will be joined by the rest of his seven-piece funk group ‘Hip Joint DC’ for a special fundraising performance in Bogan’s Bar on Saturday, August 12 
 
“Hip Joint DC is a seven-piece funk band with members from Tyrone, Derry and Donegal,” said Aidan. “We have known each other for many years.”
 
The Hip Joint DC line-up includes Aidan on drums, Mark Bradley from Strabane on trumpet, Derry musician Stephen Bradley on saxophone, Letterkenny’s Pat Campbell on keyboard, Joseph Leighton from Derry on guitar and from Donegal Maire O’Donnell on vocals and Michael McGinty on bass.
 
• Doors for the Hip Joint DC gig in Bogan’s Bar on Saturday, August 12 open at 10pm. Tickets are available in advance from the venue for £7 or alternatively on the door on the night.
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