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Kate Bush,Sandy Row and a Lambeg Drum
CulzieDate: Wednesday, 2015-01-14, 10:08 PM | Message # 1
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How Kate Bush bought a Lambeg on Sandy Row


Legend has it that singer and songwriter Kate Bush was on a stroll down Sandy Row in Belfast one summer afternoon 30 years ago when she heard the rhythmic thunder of a Lambeg drum and was drawn to investigate the source of the intoxicating sound.
And there and then as she listened, intrigued, Kate, now 56, placed an order for a Lambeg of her own.

For the shop she had entered was Drum Sounds, which is still there in the Row. And the singer, whose first hit was Wuthering Heights when she was 19, placed her order with the then owner Jim Hewitt.

Her instructions were that the drum was to have paintings of clouds around its rim. And, at a cost of £500, was to be called Cloudbuster — a nod to a song she’d just written. That Cloudbuster Lambeg features as a support instrument on Kate's 1985 album Hounds of Love, which was a UK No 1, selling 600,000 and going double-platinum.

And the instrument was also played on the single Running Up That Hill, which went to No 3 in the charts in 1985. Naturally, it also features on another single, Cloudbusting, which charted at 19 in the UK and 13 in Ireland.

But I wonder if anyone today can tell me the name of the drummer on the recordings. There is a suggestion he was a member of Kate's own band, but the popular belief is that the man with the sticks was a veteran member of the Co Antrim Lambeg Drumming Association who has since died.

Alas, Jim Hewitt is no longer around at Drum Sounds, where the Hewitt line has died out, to shed any light.

Anyway, the sound of Cloudbuster just might be heard again when the delightful Miss Bush arrives at the Hammersmith Apollo in London for 17 dates, starting this August.

She famously has only toured once — 35 years ago — and included the Hammersmith Apollo in her list of concerts back then, too.

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