When I was writing The Street Singer, I searched for information about Asheville, NC, the story’s setting. I came across an article about a drum circle. I had no idea what that was until I dug a little deeper. When I did, I knew I had to include a scene in the book that took readers to this event.

The Asheville drum circle meets every Friday night from April through October in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Everyone is welcomed. You can watch, drum, dance, or play whatever percussion instruments you can dream up. And it’s FREE.

Drum circles originated in the US during the late 1960’s, although the origin of drumming dates back to Africa in the 12th century. The drum circle criterion is that it’s informal and improvised, not designed to be a performance or the practice for performing.  

I could go on and on, but we all know that a picture’s worth a thousand words. Here’s a YouTube video of the Asheville drum circle. Get ready to tap your foot to the rhythm.

Today, drum circles meet all across the USA. You can find one near you by going to www.drumcircle.net .

Pick up a copy of The Street Singer to see how Adda Marsh and Trisha Mills found themselves in the middle of this rhythmic crowd. You can purchase your copy at:


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