Tattoo will recall ship building years

Yaron Engler (left centre), Musical Director, pictured during with the drummer group during rehearsals for the Walled City Tattoo, at Donemana Enterprise Park this week. 2914MC010

Yaron Engler (left centre), Musical Director, pictured during with the drummer group during rehearsals for the Walled City Tattoo, at Donemana Enterprise Park this week. 2914MC010

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A number of Derry-based drummers and percussionists are currently preparing to play their part in the 2014 Walled City Tattoo. A total of 30 drummers from marching bands, rock bands and samba bands will create a very exciting and unique sound for the show’s ambitious opening scene. Swapping their traditional instruments for oil barrels, corrugated iron sheets, steel tubing, hammers and grinders the drummers are led by Israeli Musical Director Yaron Engler who has composed the unusual musical piece for the start of the show.

The Walled City Tattoo is this year themed around the transport history of the North West and the opening scene will tell the story of the old ship building yards on the River Foyle. Two weeks of intense rehearsals have been taking place in Donemana Enterprise Park and the drummers and percussionists have been working together to create the spine-tingling sounds that will accompany the ship building scene. The drummers will represent the shipyard workers in the production and will also be using parts of the ship as instruments to create the sound.

Sean Feeney, one of the nine drummers from the City performing in the show commented: “I’ve been drumming since I was 13 years old in various bands ranging from brass band to punk rock.

“I also had the opportunity to drum with multi cutural groups within the city, mainly Dejembe. The experience of preparing for the Walled City Tattoo has been really different. It is thrilling to be led by a world-renouned drummer, Yaron’s style in the rehearsal room is really inspiring and we can’t wait to hear what the audience say after they’ve seen the opening scene of the show. Its going to be unlike anything they have ever witnessed before.”

Yaron Engler brings a fresh and contemporary edge to this August’s show and his involvement will help to challenge audience expectations of what a Tattoo event can offer. The 2014 production will comprise a 550 strong cast of local, national and international performers and will entertain and delight up to 18,000 people in Northern Ireland’s largest, bespoke ampitheatre when it returns to the city’s Ebrington Square from 27th to 30th August. 2014 performers include international tattoo favourites the Paris Fire Brigade Band; Swiss comedy acrobats Star Bugs; the world renowned Imps Motorcycle Display Team; Malta’s Marsa Scouts Pipes and Drums; 200 dancers from the Highland, Irish and contemporary dance worlds from across Northern Ireland; North West supergroup Sontas; and two of the city’s oldest bands, Britannia Concert Band and Hamilton Flute Band.

Event producer James Kee from Sollus Cultural Promotions commented: “I have been up to the drumming rehearsals and the sound coming out was quite unbelievable. Bringing Yaron on board to direct this opening scene has given us an opportunity to create something quite spectacular and we know people will not be disappointed by what they see and hear.”

The Walled City Tattoo, Ebrington Square, Wed 27 – Sat 30 Aug 2014 at 20.45pm. Tickets from £18.50. For more information visit www.walledcitytattoo.com. To book visit www.millenniumforum.co.uk or call 028 7126 4455