The World Drum - Avebury, Stonehenge and Glastonbury Tor

The World Drum Project was founded in Norway in October 2006 to promote world peace and environmentalism. The World Drum arrived back in the UK in March 2013 for a series of events. This report covers its journey through Avebury, Stonehenge and Glastonbury Tor on 30 and 31 March 2013. People were asked to bring their own drums, so they could combine their rhythm with the heartbeat of the Earth through the rhythm of the World Drum. More information about the drum’s visit is available in this PDF file. The leaflet includes Morten Wolf Storeide's text that was read out at each event.
Update: 3 Apr 2013: Added three photos

The World Drum at Avebury (30 Mar 2013)

The World Drum came to Avebury on 30 March. This was the drum’s 501st event and things got underway just after 11:30. Greywolf welcomed everyone and asked Joe to perform the Call For Peace. Greywolf read Morten Wolf Storeide's 'Speech for Mother Earth'. He then began to beat the World Drum as Elaine spoke, who encouraging everyone to take photos in order to publicise the Drum. The directions were then opened, with me taking South. The World Drum was taken around the circle and everyone had a chance to play it. During this time all those with drums playing them enthusiastically as the sun shone down on Avebury for a short time. Once the World Drum had returned to the centre, everyone was asked to link hands. The Awen was then toned a number of times, followed by three recitals of the Druid Vow. With that the quarters were closed and Greywolf thanked everyone for coming. Additional drumming took place after the main circle had dispersed.

Montage of the complete event

Setting up at Avebury

Forming up the circle

Greywolf welcomes everyone

Joe perform the Call For Peace

Greywolf reads Morten Wolf Storeide's 'Speech for Mother Earth'

Opening the East Quarter

Greywolf begins to beat the World Drum

Words from Elaine

Everyone got a chance to play the World Drum

Drumming celebrations as the World Drum is taken around the circle

Drumming celebrations as the World Drum is taken around the circle

Matthew drumming (Photo: Dennis Wright)

Drumming celebrations as the World Drum is taken around the circle

Linking hands for the Awen and Druid Vow

Closing the West Quarter

Greywolf thanks everyone for coming

Further drumming after the event

Further drumming after the event

Further drumming after the event

The World Drum at Stonehenge (30 Mar 2013)

The 502nd event for the World Drum was early evening at Stonehenge on 30 March. 10 people from the BDO and the Gorsedd of Cor Gawr took the Drum into the temple for around an hour from 17:30. Greywolf sounded a gong to notify the ancestors of our presence, before performing the Call For Peace in each of the directions. The quarters were then opened, with Rainbow on East, Joe on South, me on West and Greywolf on North. Greywolf again read Morten Wolf Storeide's 'Speech for Mother Earth'. He then began to beat the World Drum, with everyone else joining in on their drums. The World Drum was placed in the centre and Elaine reminded the group how important it was for everyone to get a chance to play it. The drumming continued as the sun set on Stonehenge. With that the quarters were closed and everyone’s drums were placed around one of the central altar stones. The group linked hands around this stone and performed the Druid Vow three times, followed by a series of tones of the Awen. A group photo was taken at this point. Once everything was retrieved, the group made its way back to the car park at the end of what had been an amazing day.

Montage of the complete event

Meeting up at Stonehenge

Entering the temple site

Entering the temple site

Entering the temple site

Setting up inside Stonehenge

Greywolf sounds the gong to notify the ancestors of our presence

Greywolf perform the Call For Peace

Opening the South Quarter

Greywolf reads Morten Wolf Storeide's 'Speech for Mother Earth'

Greywolf begins to beat the World Drum

Drumming celebration

Drumming celebration

The World Drum was available for everyone to play

Rainbow plays the World Drum

Matthew plays the World Drum (Photo: Mike Shallcross)

Firevixen plays the World Drum (Photo: Helen Williams Tarrant)

Continuing to drum as the sun set

Rainbow closes the East Quarter

The group at the end (Photo: Mike Shallcross)

All our drums placed in the centre with the World Drum on top

The sun sets on the celebration

The World Drum on Glastonbury Tor (31 Mar 2013)

The 503rd event took place on Glastonbury Tor on 31 March. This session had more sun than had been seen for many months in the UK. Some of the group met at the bottom of the Tor. The march up began at around 11:15 and many people were already on the Tor. The event got underway around midday with Greywolf sounding the gong. A large circle formed up and Morgan performed the Call For Peace. The quarters were then opened, with me taking North. As in the other events Greywolf read Morten Wolf Storeide's 'Speech for Mother Earth'. Elaine came into the centre to call to Britannia to reclaim her as a pagan goddess. Khi called to Bridget and Morgan called to the dragon energy of the landscape. Greywolf retrieved the World Drum and it was taken around the circle for everyone to play. All those with their own drums played during this period. Once the World Drum was back in the centre the grouped linked hands. As in the other events this was for reciting the Druid Vow and performing a series of Awen tones. Greywolf thanked everyone for coming and many people stayed on the Tor to continue the celebrations.

Montage of the complete event

Ascending Glastonbury Tor

The route to the top

Greywolf talks to Morgan

Setting up on Glastonbury Tor

Forming up the circle

Morgan performs the Call For Peace

Greywolf opens the East Quarter

Greywolf reads Morten Wolf Storeide's 'Speech for Mother Earth'

Elaine reclaims Britannia as a pagan goddess

Khi calls to Bridget

Morgan calls to dragon energy

Greywolf retrieves the World Drum

The World Drum is ready to be taken around the large circle

The World Drum is taken around the circle

The World Drum is taken around the circle

Drumming celebrations as the World Drum is taken around the circle

Drumming celebrations as the World Drum is taken around the circle

Drumming celebrations as the World Drum is taken around the circle

Drumming celebrations as the World Drum is taken around the circle

The World Drum completes its tour around the circle

Greywolf closes the East Quarter

The group at the end of the event

Celebrations continue inside St. Michael's Tower


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