Drum Circle, Miasma join in rhythmic harmony

AFRICAN rhythms were a source of intrigue for tourists and  locals alike as Diane Hayes and her Tassie Drum Circle set up camp at the First Basin.

Joined this week by belly dancers from Launceston's Miasma group, Ms Hayes said her initiative was not only growing but benefiting others.

``We run the circle on the first and third Sunday of each month,'' she said.

``It's open to anyone, any age and any skill level.''

Ms Hayes is known for her Northern Tasmanian involvement with effective drum therapy, using the outlet to assist those with eating disorders.

She said the activity had also been proven to assist those with mental illness and dementia, a result of the impact of its rhythmic pulse and positive cross-body co-ordination.

The fortnightly sessions at the First Basin shelter hut have been supported by the Launceston City Council.

Ms Hayes said she could see a wistful look in the eyes of travellers as they took a moment to enjoy the music.

``Particularly people from Greece, China, Japan, Turkey, where drumming is strong,'' Ms Hayes said.

``We had a Chinese family earlier, who not only stopped and enjoyed it, but their children joined in.''

Inquiries: www.tassiedrumcircle.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/TassieDrumCircle.

Miasma dancers Katrina Bock, of Westbury, Emma Williams, of Trevallyn, and Angela Gatti, of Westbury, at the First Basin. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Miasma dancers Katrina Bock, of Westbury, Emma Williams, of Trevallyn, and Angela Gatti, of Westbury, at the First Basin. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

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