Sandy Lawson – Didjeridu

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Just about the best didjeridu player you can ever hope to meet is Sandy. He has been playing and teaching for many years and is and particularly well-known for his ability to play fast and accurate rhythms.  A great draw for festivals, parties and events - especially Australian-themed ones!

A favourite of many a pro musician, Sandy has played and recorded with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, where he can be seen on the DVD No Quarter Unledded performing on Black Dog; He's also collaborated musically with Patrick Dawes from Groove Armada. Sandy recorded film score music for Nasty Neighbours starring Phil Daniels and Ricky Tomlinson. And he's provided music for television too – notably the soundtrack to the BBC 2 series Wild Down Under.

Sandy is well-known for his performances at many festivals, including Glastonbury and The Big Green Gathering, where he has guested with many bands including Baka Beyond, Kangaroo moon, Tenkoo Orchestra and Kora Colours. Sandy also has regular bookings for the unique and colourful Planet Angel nightclub.

StarTurn particularly loves Sandy’s playing with ‘Mildred’ – a loop pedal – where the sounds take you back to the primordial soup and the start of nature itself – wonderfully evocative, hypnotic and atmospheric!

In addition to superb performing and recording skills, Sandy works in schools and colleges, demonstrating the sounds and sights of this amazing instrument, which has included ‘hands on’ fun through learning using plastic-tube didj’s. Sandy says, “I have discovered that didjeridu can also be a fantastic tool to work with adults and children with additional needs and physical disabilities.” He is CRB checked.

You are sure to have a real g'day with Sandy, his didj's and 'Mildred'!

Footnote: The didjeridu (or didgeridoo) is an ancient wind instrument developed by the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. Didgeridoos are generally long cylinders (well over 1 yard/1 meter), made out of branches that have been naturally hollowed out by termites. The sound is made by vibrating, or flapping, the lips continuously while blowing into the didgeridoo using circular breathing techniques to keep air flow constantly moving. This allows the player to sustain the notes for great lengths of time.

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Sandy Lawson – Didjeridu