Poco Loco drumming up new rhythm recruits

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Poco Loco, Blackpool school of samba, have had a very busy season so far. With a series of galas and club days under their belt they’ve been fortunate with some glorious weather.

Eager to get others involved Jackie Newey, events manager at Poco Loco said: “Generally, the weather has been very kind to us, no puddles collecting on the drums!”

Feeling the beat: Poco Loco, Blackpool school of samba, are welcoming new members

Feeling the beat: Poco Loco, Blackpool school of samba, are welcoming new members

The school were booked to play on Sundays in the square outside the Winter Gardens on August 24 and 31 and also on September 7.

Last Friday, they were due to take part in the Kendal Torchlight Carnival.

Jackie said: “It’s one of our favourite events as it starts when it is dark and is light by torches carried alongside or, in our case, fairy lights tied to our drums. It’s a great atmosphere.”

August saw the Poco Loco gang play anothe of their favourite annual events, playing host to a group of 10 children from Belarus.

Each year, different children come to the area through the organisation, Chernobyl Children’s Life Line. Their host families go to their rehearsals and give a workshop so that they can learn to play a samba rhythm.

Jackie added: “They are always enthusiastic as the volume level usually proves. We all thoroughly enjoy ourselves and look forward to it all happening again next year.” .

Poco Loco has a host of other events coming up including Fleetwood’s firework event and Santazumbathon in December to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind, which promises to be an incredible event.

Jackie added: “As always, we are looking for new recruits to the band, you can never have a Samba band that’s too big.

“We welcome anyone that is enthusiastic about what they have heard from complete beginners to music students or experienced musicians.

“It’s a great stress buster as well, even after a hard day’s work.

“We meet at the First Step Centre on Dickson Road, Blackpool, every Wednesday evening, 7-9 pm with a break at 8 pm. Come along and just listen; if you like what you hear and want to give it a try the following week, then it’s free for the first one.”

More details and some of their music to listen to can be found on our website www.pocoloco.org.uk, along with contact details.