Local retailers, bands, arts projects and personal influences

Cookes Norwich - Cath Evans


In the heart of Norwich, Cookes provide a wealth of drum equipment and advice. They also have a great stock of guitars, basses and PA equipment too.

Ignite function band - Cath Evans


One of Norfolk’s finest party bands, providing entertainment for corporate events, weddings and parties

Aldeburgh Young Musicians - Cath Evans

Aldeburgh Young Musicians

AYM brings together like minded young musicians from ages 8-18 and provides a highly varied programme of individual tuition, intensive weekend and residential courses as well as many exciting performance opportunities.

create norwich - Cath Evans

Create Norwich

Create Norwich is a flexible teaching, workshop and performance space based in Norwich. - Cath Evans


Drum education online. Videos for beginners to advanced. World class instructors..

Drummerworld - Cath Evans

Biographies of hundreds of famous drummers and clips of some of their best performances. - Cath Evans

Home of modern drummer magazine online. Articles, archives, news and subscription information. Also competitions, videos and educational material.

Vic Firth - Cath Evans

Drum education, essential rudiment guide and stick selection guide.

Some of my musical influences

Stanton Moore - Cath Evans

Stanton Moore

A drummer friend introduced me to Stanton Moore several years ago and I’ve remained a fan. He has a great way of describing what he is playing in a way that makes it accessible to everyone. He is a big exponent of Modern New Orleans drumming and plays in a loose relaxed style but still maintains lots of power.

Founder member of the band Galactic, he both tours with bands as well as running workshops / master classes all over the world.

I’m currently enjoying working through his book Groove Alchemy where he transcribes classic grooves from the funk era as well as suggestions for developing groove ideas. I’d highly recommend it.

Zigaboo Modeliste - Cath Evans

Zigaboo Modeliste

American born and the founding member of the funk band The Meters. One of the most original drummers you’ll ever hear and is considered as one of the main innovators of modern funk and is cited as introducing New Orleans/Second Line grooves into mainstream popular music. His playing has often been used in hip hop tracks and Television and film soundtracks.

My favourite track has to be Cissy Strut, I never tire of listening to it.

He has a completely individual style and has remained an incredibly popular and influential drummer even in recent times.

Bernard Purdie - Cath Evans

Bernard Purdie

Master session drummer.

He is reported to be the worlds most recorded drummer, and has played with the likes of Steely Dan, Miles Davis, James Brown, Jimmy Smith and BB King.

One of my favourite tracks of his contribution to the Aretha Franklin track Rocksteady from the 1972 album Young Gifted and Black when he lays down a killer groove.

He is also the inventor of the Purdie shuffle which incorporates triplets in a half time shuffle, which has been reborn many times by John Bonham (Fool In The Rain) and Jeff Porcaro (Rosanna).

Janet Weiss - Cath Evans

Janet Weiss

Is a Rock drummer best known for being a member of the band Sleater Kinney, (recently reformed) as well as her contributions to Quasi and the Shins.

Her playing is forceful whilst still being dynamic and completely original. Her approach is refreshingly unconventional and she often makes patterns throughout a song which marry perfectly with the vocal and guitar lines she accompanies.

Listed as one of the top fifty greatest drummers by Stylus magazine she has become a very influential drummer.

Two great examples of her playing are One Beat and Far Away from the album One Beat (2002). Also check out their new album No Cities To Love from earlier this year.

Steve Gadd - Cath Evans

Steve Gadd

I’ve been a long time fan of Steve Gadd ever since University where I learnt one of his paradiddle solos. His playing is effortless and grooves beautifully.

A highly regarded session player for many years, He is well known for playing with such artists as Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Chick Corea and James Taylor just to name a few.

Perhaps one of his most famous creations is his contribution to the song 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover by Paul Simon, where he creates a memorable and original groove.

Benny Greb - Cath Evans

Benny Greb

Originally from Germany.

Prolific drummer/ technician. Master of feel and highly creative. He comes up with ways of playing the kit that I’ve never seen before.
Check out his latest offering – The Art And Science Of Groove – a DVD designed to enhance your playing and feel.

He also recently appeared on Drumeo with a brilliant live lesson.

Manu Delagu - Cath Evans

Manu Delagu

An Austrian born Hang player, percussionist/ composer.

He currently plays in Handmade, a versatile quartet incorporating both acoustic and electronic instruments.

I first discovered him playing in Bjork’s band on her 2013 Biophilia tour, where he masterfully played Hang drum, electronic vibes, kit and percussion.

His performance of his own piece Mono Desire was rated amongst the best rated 30 Music videos on YouTube.

Bill Stewart - Cath Evans

Bill Stewart

American jazz drummer.

I fell in love with his playing when hearing his performance on John Scofield’s album Handjive (1994).

He has a melodic/ fluid sound on the kit and amazing dynamic control.

He is also a composer and has his own trio.