Matt Vernon

Development Worker (Carnival Arts Programme)

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

Matt leads Beat Carnival's in-house samba band, BEATnDRUM, and has been involved with Beat for over eight years as a volunteer, facilitator and carnival artist. Over the years he has taken all opportunities for training with 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.

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