Ireland’s biggest drum show comes to Galway


The Galway Drum Show, which kicks off this weekend, is Ireland’s only event for drumming enthusiasts and the biggest drumming event ever held in Ireland.

On September 10 we are hosting a full day “Drums Intensive MasterLab” with Claus Hessler, as well as an Evans Drumheads run Snare Tuning and Maintenance Masterclass, both taking place at the Clayton Hotel, Galway

Saturday night brings entertainment in the form of RSAG, performing at Roisin Dubh. Jeremy Hickey, and his one man show of incendiary sounds, visuals and beats captivated audiences around the world, now it’s Galway’s turn.

On September 11, at [email protected] Claregalway, The Galway Drum Show brings world famous artists and companies to your doorstep. Organization of performances, product demonstrations, masterclasses and the final of the Young Irish Drummer of the Year competition. This is sure to be a fun and educational event not to be missed. This action-packed day offers attendees the opportunity to hear and learn from some of the world’s most respected artists and educators, as well as the chance to try and buy the very latest innovations in drum and percussion material from the best brands in the world. Company.

Visit exhibitors’ booths and speak directly with the people who manufacture or distribute these instruments. So whether you want to come check out the products on display, see drumming legends appear on the main stage, take in a masterclass, or catch one of the many live educational experiences on Sunday, come join the Irish Drumming Festival and celebrate the drum art. The show takes place on September 10 and 11, 2022. See for more information.


The origins of the Galway Drum Show date back to 2009. In the depths of the recession, the seed was sown. 10 years later and the Galway Drum Show was born in 2019. It all started as the brainchild of John Tierney. After starting a family, the recession hit. Times were so bad that John considered selling his drum kit to pay some bills.

After discussing it with his wife Danielle, she warned him that it would be a huge mistake, which he would regret for the rest of his life. She then encouraged him to follow his passion for the drums and to open a school. This was the birth of Rhythm Drum School. Over the next 10 years the Rhythm Drum School went from strength to strength and eventually became Trinity College London’s specialist drum kit examination center for Ireland.

Returning home from the UK drum show in 2018, John decided to create an Irish drum show. The rest, as they say, is history.

The artists appearing at the galway drum show this year are as follows,

Claus Hessler

Claus is best known for his unique and open approach to drumming and has performed at numerous drumming events across “planet drum”, sharing the stage with players like Steve Smith, Alex Acuna, Walfredo Reyes Jr., JoJo Mayer, Johnny Rabb or percussion. fame Luis Conte Claus has starred in a variety of musicals

styles with bands/artists like the Grammy award-winning New York Voices, Barbara Dennerlein, Mike Stern, the great African balafon Mamadou Diabate, Rhani Krija and Dominic Miller of Sting, Herb Ellis or Larry Coryell to his credit. His most recent musical activities include his work with FLUX: Run – Seven To Heaven

In Germany, Claus maintains a busy teaching schedule, notably at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt; he is also the first european drummer to receive a distinguished professor’s degree at keimyung university in daegu, south korea, and to be named a distinguished expert at the oldest conservatory of music at shanghai university in china. he is a constant contributor to Europe’s largest drum magazine.

Mikey Sorbello

Australian-born drummer Mikey Sorbello really convinces with his energetic playing, with a new creative approach while paying homage to drumming roots and simply a huge distinctive sound.

Probably best known for his work with musical group The Graveltones as a fierce and hard-hitting drum killer, he is also known for his softer side backing a plethora of American and English female singers and songwriters. No matter the genre, Mikey displays the one crucial thing, Feel, “it’s not what’s played, it’s how it’s played”.

With an unusual setup that pays homage to the very first drum sets, Mikey moved forward while bringing with him the very roots of drumming.

From the start, Mikey has sought to challenge the normal and find a voice that embodies his influences from young and old, which is why he is the first call for many blues and roots artists around the world. He currently performs globally with the 360 ​​Allstars alongside some of the world’s most famous Beatboxers, Basketballers, BMX flatlanders and Break Dancers. Jesse Dayton (Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell)

Mainly focusing on creativity in the studio these days working with new artists creating their sounds, Mikey is building a stellar career as a creative developer and co-writer.

Tom Corcoran

Tom Corcoran has been playing drums for over 25 years. He won the Irish Jazz Futures award and received a scholarship under the International Student Program to study drums at LA Music Academy. While in Los Angeles, Tom studied with Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphries, Mike Shapiro and Gary Hess. Tom was very active organizing workshops, teaching and doing drum clinics in Ireland from 2005 to 2008 before moving to the USA.

In 2010, due to ill health and the untimely death of his father, Tom returned home to Ireland to take over the family farm and business, putting his own music career on hold.

Tom still managed to find time to play whenever he could. Performing with The Magic Carpet Trio, CSL Parker, The Ramos Project, The Adam Nolan Trio and many more. His performance at the Galway Drum Show is just the start for Tom and we are sure he will return with a bang.

Conor Guilfoyle

Conor Guilfoyle is one of Ireland’s foremost drummers and educators who has toured and recorded with some of the world’s finest jazz musicians. He currently teaches in the jazz program at Dublin City University. His publications include:

Keeping the Drummer Busy (LukaCon Music) Rhythm Playback for Drummers (Schott Music) Performance Patterns (LukaCon Music) Odd Meter Clave (Schott Music)

Conor endorses Zildjian cymbals.

Alex Mei

Alex Mey is a prolific 29-year-old producer and drummer from Lisbon, Portugal, and a rising name on the international drum scene, embracing his creative and musical approach to drum grooves and innovative footwork. He started playing at the age of 14 and after just a few months of tutoring he started playing and gigging.

His passion and dedication showed up from an early age and soon led to him being called upon to play with more bands and artists, hitting the stages early on. Since then, Alex has performed everywhere with various artists and groups, achieving notable achievements at the start of the Winner ForumMusicCamp 2009, the winner of the national competition for the best musicians under 18 at the National Drummer Contest 2014.

Alex’s learning journey has been self-taught, even home alone with drum videos and exercise books, leading to some very interesting paths of discovery rather than repetition. Years later, in order to further develop and solidify his game, he took lessons with renowned drummers such as JP Bouvet, Miguel Casais, Hugo Danin, and various clinics and household names such as Keith Carlock, Anika Nilles, Russ Miller, Mike Johnston, Craig Blundell, Chris Johnson, Richard Spaven and many more, absorbing from each drummer what he loved most in their unique approach, then expressing it in his own.


The EXPO event takes place on the 11th at [email protected] in Claregalway Business Park. Tickets available on The Drum Intensive Masterlab with Claus Hessler on Saturday 10 takes place at the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Galway, tickets for this masterclass can be requested by email [email protected]

Evans Snare’s tuning, servicing and workshop running concurrently with Claus’ masterclass are now complete.

For more details on the event, see


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