I accompany my stories with didgeridoo, Native American flute, drums, rattles, shakers, Mongolian throat-singing, Jew’s harp and Tibetan singing bowls. I’ve always been amazed by the power of storytelling with music to captivate the imagination. Adults and children alike are spellbound by the haunting sound of the didgeridoo or ‘yidaki’, which is believed to be at least 40,000 years old and the oldest woodwind instrument in the world. The Native American flute has an amazing ability to calm and soothe the mind while evoking far off landscapes, while the Jew’s harp has been played in Siberia for thousands of years and lends an otherworldly atmosphere to Siberian tales.
When working with children I always provide opportunities for everyone to join in and make music together, using instruments and our voices. I present my instruments along with artifacts such as African masks, Buddhist statues and snake skins.
Take a look at the pictures in the gallery to see my instrument display, watch the video or visit my sound cloud at https://soundcloud.com/danielallisondidgeridoo to hear recordings.