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Tantara Taiko News

May 2013

The eagerley awaited return of Art Lee and Tokara for a workshop and 2 concerts.

March 2013

We have now moved our regular weekly practice session to Syke Community Base in Rochdale, where they have ample storage for our equipment and a nice playing space.

November 2012

3 Counties Taiko Weekend returned to Laycock Village Hall near Keighley for its second year. A full house of participants again with visits and contributions from Jonatan Kirby and Guy Shread from Kagemusha in Devon and Emma and Lisa from Gyoko in Humberside.

September 2012

Moving our home and practice space to Skylight Circus in Rochdale. We have worked with the circus before on several projects so it seems a natural place to locate. However it is likely only to be a temporary measure as they are also due to move soon.

May 2012

A visit and workshop by Liz Walters of Tamashii Taiko was entusiastically received. Great to meet up with Liz again, who is an inspirational teacher and player.

Liz Walters

October 2011

We are pleased to be hosting master drummer Art Lee for a workshop in the Lake District which booked up well in advance.

Master Art Lee

May 2011

Three Counties Taiko Weekend was a coming together of 3 groups. Kaminari from Yorkshire, Thunderdrummers from Cumbria and Tantara from Lancashire. Mary from Kaminari first mooted the idea and found a location that was pretty much equidistant between the groups. Laycock Village Hall near Keighley was secluded enough for us to make a lot of sound without disturbing the neighbours. 25 participants enjoyed workshops throughout the weekend and each group did a short showcase. Many stopped over in local accommodation and a few travelled each day.

September 2010

Tantara are to be featured in the 2011 Springhill Hospice Calendar. Tantara member Adrian Cornforth was successful with the photo below, which will appear as the September 2011 photo.

Littleborough Arts Week

July 2010

Welcome to two new players this year, Justine and Keith. We now have our Japanese style Happi coats for a more authentic look to our performances. Just arrived Jul 25th was our new Odaiko – big drum!

New Happi Coats New Odaiko

Later in the year we hope to include a new song Ogi Matsuri to the performances, written by Kodo.


Another successful year of gigs. From the proceeds we were able to purchase a beautiful new Nagado drum

New Nagado Drum

2008 Roundoff

The new website is slowly expanding and has provided some interesting leads.

In a late development we were contacted by a Taiko leader from Blackpool who we were sorry to hear was having to wind-up his group. He felt unable to adequetly store the drums and offered us first option on acquiring them. We have taken delivery of six fine drums and plan to put them too good use in the coming year.

New Website Launched — Oct 2008

Tantara are pleased to launch their updated website. Easier access to booking details and what Tantara has to offer. The site will continue to be updated over the coming months.