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Samba music lifts spirits of Lanark's Inner Wheel Club

Beats of Brazil


At the meeting of The Inner Wheel Club of Lanark last Thursday (10th October), the cold wet night was soon forgotten as the warmth and joy of samba music lifted spirits.  

It was a pleasure to welcome John Dirkie and his wife Marcia of “Beats of Brazil” who had brought along extra drums and handheld instruments and soon had us playing along to the rhythm.

John described how he went from drumming in a pipe band to falling in love with the complex rhythms of samba. This passion took him abroad and eventually to the home of samba, Brazil, where he was involved with a charity working with the street children.

On his return to Scotland opportunities opened up to allow his passion to become a full time career. He works in North Lanarkshire and West Lothian schools and has witnessed the positive effect of samba music and dance on disruptive and special needs children. He has also formed a charity, MUSAC, which builds inclusion through music and dance for adults with additional support needs.

It was a pleasure to have John and his Brazilian wife Marcia visit the Inner Wheel and we wish them well.