Matt Vernon

Areas of Work
  • Street percussion teacher, band leader and performer
  • Outreach projects/programme coordinator
  • Commercial events coordination/management, crew
  • Artist booking and liaison
  • Customer liaison
  • Carnival artist, prop building and decoration
  • Puppet builder and performer
  • Drum builder
  • Stilt walker
  • DJ

Matt’s primary art form is percussion; he has a lead role in musical direction and tuition of Beat’s main street percussion programs, regularly teaching to around 50 individuals on a weekly basis. He has also developed strong skills and competences in float and prop construction. Originally a landscape gardener with an interest in chainsaw carving, he has developed his woodwork skills to designing and making his own drums.

Matt has been involved with the Beat for over eight years as a volunteer, facilitator and carnival artist. Over the years Matt has taken all opportunities for training with the Beat and has consequently worked with some of the most respected percussionists and carnival organisations from across Europe and further afield. These have included Sam Alexander, Maracatu Estrella do Norte (London), Mestre Chacon Vianna, Maracatu Nacao Porto Rico (Brazil) and Monobloco (Brazil), Les Grandes Personnes (France). He has performed at many carnival and festival events throughout Ireland and in several European countries as well as studying and performing Maracatu percussion and dance in Olinda, Brazil. Matt leads the Beat Carnival's in-house samba band, Beatndrum.

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