Fearghail Saxe

A native of Dunshaughlin Co. Meath, Ian began playing drums and bodhran at 14 years of age. By 21 Ian studied for a year with renowned Dublin drummer Mark Grist going from the basics of the 26 American Rudiments right through to the interdependence of jazz and Afro Cuban patterns. Ian recorded and toured with Irish band ‘The West 70’s’ and has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Ronan Keating, Brendan Grace, Carlos Nunez, Donal Lunny, Mairtin O’ Connor and Michael Mc Goldrick. In 2007 Ian played bodhran in an ensemble of commissioned music for the Ryder Cup opening and closing ceremonies. Ian is currently drummer/percussionist and Bodhran player with River dance and has toured North and Central America with the show. When not touring he works as a freelance musician while also working on his debut album.

I was looking for drum lessons that would cover not only the technique but also all the styles of music that makes drumming great.
Marks obvious mastery of the instrument combined with a wisdom that can only be gained by years on the professional circuit offer that and much more.
I always think that people who are passionate about what they do make the best teachers and Mark in certainly that.
Informal yet informative and at a reasonable price. I’d recommend the drum shed to anyone.

Fearghail Saxe


Paul McGonagle

My drumming days began at the age of 8. For the first 4 years I learnt myself, listening and playing along to various music styles and bands, but I’m now very grateful I had the opportunity to start getting lessons. Without them I would not have the confidence, experience, skills & technique I have today. My days with Mark began in the now closed ‘Rock Steady Music’ Shop and then moved out to his own professional studio. With this move Mark’s setup & equipment has become better & better each year which helps with learning & recording. Mark taught me everything from the basic rudiments & stick control, to advanced techniques, to the top levels of Drumming today. Through the years I learnt about different time signatures, off-beat rhythms, solo work, tips & tricks and much more. Most importantly I learnt how to read sheet music for drums, including every style from jazz waltzes through to funk-rock and samba. This proved very beneficial in my Leaving Cert Music Practical through which I gained full marks. It may also help with future session playing or if I ever decide to teach myself. As well as Lessons I have been playing drums with many bands & musicians – gigging & recording – since 14 and I am now gaining some exposure & praise with a band called ‘Albyno Rhino’. Through the years if advice was ever needed on studio or solo work Mark could be relied on to give it, even on the simplest matter. It’s clearly evident these days which drummers out there have had lessons or not as soon as I hear them play, which really shows they’re worth the time & effort. Having one of the best drummers out there as a teacher also helps too. All the Best and keep Practicing

Paul McGonagle – ‘Albyno Rhino’