January 2020 - The Black Rats at Pilgrims Pit Sunday 2nd Feb as part of independent venues week. Supported by BBC Sounds.
November 2019 - Drum lessons for Christmas! Get special offers on taster sessions and drum lessons as presents and give a voucher.
November 2019 - Drum Clinic with Nathan Shingler. Free entry and Under 16's welcome accompanied by an adult.
October 2019 - Black Rats Debut Album finla mixing nearly done and a gig at the Stone Food & Drink Festival this weekend!
September 2019 - UK Drum Show this weekend in Manchester, anyone heading up there make sure you check out the Istanbul Agop's, Aquarian heads and Pro Rackets cases! If you're there on Saturday YDOTY Nathan Shingler is playing the Mike Dolbear Masterclass theatre. We've been working on his pieces the last few weeks and he's sounding awesome. Be great if you can show your support.
August 2019 - The Black Rats are playing at the historic Holly Bush Inn, Salt on Fri 23rd & Sat 24th Aug. Outside gin bar, outside, pizza oven and outside live music... all in the garden of one of England's oldest pubs! Free entry, music starts at 8.00.
August 2019 - Clip of The Black Rats version of Diamond On The Soles Of Her Shoes by Paul Simon. We hit over 30,000 views in a couple of weeks! Can't wait for the originals to be out there!
August 2019 - Playing Percussion for the Club Classics gig at Trentham Gardens with House Jammerz. Great crowd!!
July 2019 - With the Black Rats recording original tracks for the forthcoming album. To give you an idea of our stripped down sound here's the Black Rats version of Skin Deep by The Stranglers. LP Laptop conga and bone shaker.
May 2019 - Slow Funk Shuffle/ Hip Hop Groove - Check the Hi Hat Accents! Istanbul Agop Vezir 13"
May 2019 - Heading into London for the Percussion Day at the Royal College with Tommy Igoe. YDOTY winner Nathan Shingler supporting him on his clinic. Been working with Nath the last few days on what he's playing, looking forward to seeing him do it for real and of course to listen to Tommy. Hopefully see some of you down there!!
April 2019 - Perc Up Everyone! Got the dance music vibes going in this vid. Curious bunch...
March 2019 - Nathans winning performance at Young Drummer Of The Year 2019 now online. Been teaching Nath for 7 years, just shows what hard work can do! Take a listen, he sounds awesome.
February 2019 - As well as taking the title Nath also got to keep the Sonor Kit and a set of Meinl cymbals, he gets to visit the Sonor factory in Germany and will appear at the UK Drum Show in Manchester and the Royal College of Music percussion day amongst others! Well deserved! Seen here with Laurens Meyer (Meinl) and Edwin Ploojuir (Sonor). Ace prizes guys!
February 2019 - Winner! Massive well done to Nathan Shingler for winning the 2019 young drummer of the year!! His playing today was awesome, been teaching him for the last 7 years and it's always been a pleasure. Thanks to Sonor Drums, Meinl cymbals and Evans heads for the great prizes and to Mike Dolbear for organising the whole thing. Well done too to all the other finalists, the standard was incredibly high.
October 2018 - Looking forward to playing Miss Moneypenny's show in a few weeks time. Live orchestra, live rhythm section and the worlds most glamorous club in the most spectacular show ever at Symphony Hall Birmingham... and its HaLlowEeeeN ... I'll be at the back playing kit if anyone can see past the dancers