Drumming up the tweed


A six month project sponsored by Harris Tweed Hebrides has drummed up support for the Clo Mor and given service users at Ardseileach and Grianan day centres the opportunity to learn new skills.

When day care officer and drummer, Sandy Maclean decided to revamp his vintage Premier Royale drum kit, it occurred to him the project could give a new experience to the people he worked with at the day centre – and help promote Harris Tweed during the Hebridean Celtic Festival at the same time. Harris Tweed Hebrides were delighted to donate the tweed and now the Harris Tweed bedecked drum kit will take pride of place in their shop window during festival week.

The project involved day centre service users preparing and painting all the hardware for the drums and measuring and cutting the Harris Tweed then sewing the cloth to fit snugly over the exterior of the 5 piece drum kit. Comments Sandy Maclean, who inspired the tweed drum project: “Harris Tweed, the Hebridean Celtic Festival and drums seem a perfect combination. When I decided to give my drum kit a makeover, all three elements came together right on cue. I’d like to thank Harris Tweed Hebrides for their sponsorship; the guys had a great time and a real sense of achievement at the end result.”

Pictured are: Ruth Macdonald, (Harris Tweed Hebrides) Donalda Macleod, Eveyln Elliot, Tina Maciver, Alasdair Macaulay, Iain Angus Maciver and Sandy Maclean. (When he’s not working, Sandy is the drummer with the Stuart Taylor Ceilidh Band, Faram and the 4 Macs)