What's On

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 2024 We're back! Since summer 2021 actually. However, we are conscious that Covid hasn't actually gone away, so obviously we are still taking every possible precaution to ensure that our classes are a safe environment. Please get in touch if you have any questions or residual worries.


  1. There are currently two weekly drumming classes to choose from. See below.

  2. Or have a go at the ukulele! A beginner class, a class for improvers moving on beyond the basics, and a third level classes for improvers to choose from this term. See below.

  3. Drums Agogo famous schools' workshops are also back on the menu - see below.


Monday evenings 7:00pm - 9:00pm

at Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley 

This term we have a mixed class which welcomes all drummers , whether you have years of experience or you've never played before. 

All instruments are provided (and sanitised before use), so don't worry if you don't have a drum of your own.


Wednesday evenings  7:30 - 9:30 pm

at Rossett School, Harrogate

Two hours of drumming fun!

This class is for adult drummers of all levels, from complete beginners to advanced players. Instruments are provided (and sanitised before use), so don't worry if you don't have a drum of your own. We are hosted by Rossett Adult Learning.




Thursday evenings, 7:30pm -9:30pm 

at Rossett School, Harrogate

Beginners -  Learn to play the world's most beginner-friendly musical instrument, and have fun making music with other people.  All the skills you need to sing and strum along to thousands of your favourite songs - in just 10 weeks! Don't worry if you don't have your own uke yet - we've got lots.We are hosted by Rossett Adult Learning.



Wednesday evenings, 6:00 - 7:30pm

at Rossett School, Harrogate

Ukulele level 2 - Beyond the basics

If you already know a dozen or so chords and are happily strumming your way through your favourite songs, you're ready to take your rukulelle playing to another level. This course is not about adding more and more chords to what you know - instead the focus is on a repertoire of skills you can draw on to add musical interest and variety to your playing. Topics covered include damping, muting, chunking, percussive effects and a range of finger-picking skills.


Thursday evenings,   6:00 - 7:30pm 

at Rossett School, Harrogate

Ukulele level 3 - Next Steps 

This course is designed for players who have already got a repertoire of a dozen or more chords, and have probably picked up some additional starter skills such as finger picking, muting, golpe and using barre chords. We're moving forward on the ukulele journey. We can look at improving skills from that list if you'd like some reminders, tips and practice, and there will be a "buffet" of further ukulele technniques to choose from (you choose!). These might include the famous Formby "split stroke,"a bit of Bossa Nova, some jazz chords, a handy blues turnaround and more.




Drums Agogo provides African drumming workshops for schools.


Please get in touch for a chat about how we can work together to deliver an exciting, but Covid-safe, African Drumming experience tailored to your venue and fully risk-assessed and managed. 




Drums Agogo occasionally hosts workshops led by guest teachers who are Master Drummers from Africa. These "djembefola" workshops are open to experienced drummers.

None are currently scheduled until we get completely back to normal, but please watch this space!



Drums  Agogo is, of course, best known for Alison's long-established, fun and fantastic African drumming workshops, but they are not the only thing on the menu! 

Alison can offer a range of other fun experiences to enhance general music provision in schools, or provide a one-off day to remember.

You can choose from:

                       Ukulele Jukebox

                       Boomwhacker Jukebox 

                       Ukulele introductory Course 

                       Haka Time      

Contact Drums Agogo, using our contact page, for more information.



Our 14 -strong African drumming group, Belebele, took an enforced break, due to Covid,  from 2020 onwards, but we've got our mojo back and are available once more for bookings at your event. You can also check here for details of public performances by Belebele.

Also, look out for Drums Agogo and friends busking around Harrogate and Otley, as we did up to 2019.  We have been working to raise awareness of a charity called "Papyrus: Prevention of Young Suicide." 

Here's a web link:           https://papyrus-uk.org/

Gigs in 2022:


Gigs in 2021:

Nowt (Covid)

Gigs in 2020:

Nowt (Covid)

Gigs in 2019:

Saturday May 25th RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate

Sunday, June 2nd: Valley Gardens bandstand

Sunday, June 9th: Knaresborough Castle grounds

Saturday June 15th: Otley Carnival

Sunday June 23rd: Pateley Bridge bandstand

Sunday, August 11th: Ripon Spa Gardens bandstand

Sunday, September 8th: Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza


Gigs in 2018:

Friday, May 19th: Benefit for Kenya's women farmers

Sunday June 3rd: Pateley Bridge bandstand

Saturday June 16th: Otley Carnival

Sunday, July 1st: Knaresborough Castle grounds

Sunday, July 22nd: Ripon Spa Gardens bandstand

Sunday, July 29th: Valley Gardens bandstand

Sunday, September 9th, Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza


Gigs in 2017:

Friday, September 22nd: Kenyan Cultural Evening, Wetherby

Sunday,  September 17th: Otley Folk Festival

Saturday, June 17th: Otley Carnival

Sunday, June 25th: Ripon Spa Gardens

Saturday, July 29th: private party

Sunday, August 13th: Valley Gardens bandstand

Sunday, August 20th: Pateley Bridge bandstand


Gigs in 2016:

Sunday, December 6th 2016: Private party

Sunday, June 12th 2016: Knaresborough Castle 

Saturday June 18th 2016: Otley Carnival

Sunday July  3rd  2016:Ripon Spa Gardens bandstand


Gigs in 2015:

Saturday January 24th 2015: White Hart Hotel (private party)

Sunday, June 7th 2015: Ripon Spa Gardens bandstand

Saturday June 20th 2015: Otley Carnival

Sunday June 21st 2015: SHINE at Harrogate Theatre

Sunday, July 5th 2015: Knaresborough Castle

Friday, August 14th 2015: FEVA Opening Night Party at Henshaws

Sunday,September 6th 2015: St George's Centre (private party)

Sunday, November 28th 2015: Henshaw's Gallery (private party)


Gigs in 2014:

Saturday, March 29th 2014: The Big T Variety Talent Show, Harrogate Theatre

Friday April 18th  2014: Knaresborough Easter Fayre

Sunday June 1st 2014: Ripon Spa Gardens bandstand

Saturday, June 21st 2014: Otley Carnival parade

Sunday, July 20th 2014: Knaresborough Castle

Sunday, August 31st 2014: Valley Gardens bandstand, Harrogate

Sunday, September 15th 2014: The Pavilions (private event)


Gigs in 2013:

Pateley Bridge Recreation Ground bandstand: Belebele

Ripon Spa Gardens bandstand: Belebele

Knaresborough Castle: Belebele

Knaresborough Market Place (FEVA Festival): Belebele

Valley Gardens bandstand, Harrogate: Belebele

Valley Gardens bandstand, Harrogate: Belebele and friends

Jane and Kenny's wedding: Belebele

Gigs in 2012:

Follifoot Gala: Belebele

Knaresborough Castle: Belebele

FEVA Festival: Belebele

Valley Gardens: Belebele

Pool Feast: Belebele

Knaresborough Castle: Belebele

Valley Gardens: Belebele

Knaresborough Spring Fair: Belebele

Gigs in 2011:

Harrogate Fringe Festival Across the Town: Solo djembekan by Alison

Masham Arts Festival: Drums Agogo and friends

Fran and Chris's Wedding: Belebele

Feva Festival: Belebele

Valley Gardens: Belebele

Martin House Fundraiser: Belebele Choral group

St Joseph's Fair: Belebele

Ghana 54 Independence Day party: Belebele.

Knaresborough Easter Fayre: Belebele

The Grove: Drums Agogo and Friends

The Chemic: Keenos



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