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Story: Sallie Maclennan - Barracwda

Author: Sallie Maclennan

I've been involved in one way or another with community arts groups for so long that it's hard to imagine my life without it. I work mostly in music and dance, participating in and leading groups to a common goal - to create and express!

My deepest friendships and personal relationships have all been found within these groups. My life, you might say, has evolved around it and I am who I am because of the people I've met through dancing and creating music. Currently, my passion is Barracwda, a community samba band.  A person might arrive at our door, never having played an instrument in their lives and initially it may not even be about the music, but about finding something to belong to and human contact.

Through the excuse of samba drumming practise, friendships are formed and often, relationships are made too! It's an instant new family, brought together with a little time, music and the sheer joy of the million other things you can't put into words which binds us all together.

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