Tales From The Hut – A Hidden Musical Jewel
‘A community creates a culture and we wish to create an inclusive free-thinking culture where we can encourage people to be and find themselves. It matters not where you come from or where you are going – you are welcome here at the Rhythm Hut, as are your friends.’ – Rendra Freestone, Musician & Hut Founder
A ‘Shed’ Was Born
The Rhythm Hut is one of the Central Coast’s hidden musical jewels – so hidden, that many locals still haven’t heard of it.
Founded in 2001 in an Erina studio by musician and drumming teacher Rendra Freestone, his Tribal Rhythms and Voice, Breath, and Relaxation classes gradually blossomed into the central coast’s premier Taiko and Djembe drumming school. After various location incarnations, the hut crew relocated to Gosford’s derelict Faunce Street property in 2013, with a massive job ahead of them:
‘…the new space is completely dilapidated. There are massive sections of the roof missing. The copper piping in the walls has been ripped out, so there’s plumbing problems, and there’s asbestos that must be dealt with. It’s also medical green (eeeeeew!), as it used to be a dentist’s office.’ Lou Sawilejskij, Former Hut General Manager
After raising nearly $26,000 from a crowdfunding campaign and direct donations, an army of volunteers put their heart and soul into transforming a ruin into a masterpiece. Affectionately known as ‘The Shed, the hut’s new community and performance space eventually opened its doors.
Rising Above Adversity
The Rhythm Hut has also experienced its share of survival challenges that often come with volunteer-run ventures. Managing to rise above adversity on several occasions, the venue continues to be highly sought-after by represented and independent musicians alike, largely because of its music loving community and inclusive culture that sets it apart from noisy pubs and clubs.
Keeping Music and Culture Alive & Kicking
To ensure that this musical jewel remains firmly planted in the Central Coast’s crown, The Rhythm Hut Board is in the process of applying for a full on-premises licence and developing a new plan for 2020 to ensure the hut is able to continue to provide much needed musical, creative and cultural services to the community.
With live music venues closing down all over NSW in recent years, the hut is determined to continue supporting musicians and enriching the community spirit with high caliber musical offerings.
Rhythm Hut Testimonials:
‘Our special family saying is, “The family that drums together stays together”, and the Hut has made this possible. It has a great community feel and everyone is so welcoming.’ Dan Chilliman (Drumming Student)
‘Three weeks working and living with The Rhythm Hut has turned me into a different person, a better person.’ Indra Prawira Nanda Mokodongan (Hut Volunteers)
‘…as I immersed myself in the drumming classes and found my rhythm, I became one of the many who had agreed The Hut had changed their lives.’ – Trish Maclean (Drumming Student and Ukelele Student)
‘The sounds and rhythms of the drums are abundant as you approach the Hut and it is impossible not to smile and feel happy!’ – Gwen Henry (Drumming Student)
Happy 6th Birthday!
The Hut’s 6th birthday is a milestone event set to light up the coast – everybody welcome.
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