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The Photograph of the Month is Tom Connolly

This month's short video is Tom Connolly's introduction at Virtual Bones Fest XXIV.

The Video of the Month is Kenny Wolin's Workshop, Part 3

The next BFXXIV long video is the last part from Kenny Wolin's Advanced Workshop at BFXXIV. This workshop had three parts. Part 1 is 'Turning the Triplet into 16th notes,' Part 2 is 'The Gallop Rhythm,' and Part 3 is 'Ostinato Rhythms.'

Shown below are previous BFXXIV videos, and in the following months there will be
more BFXXIV individual and workshop videos.
August 2020 - The Fest Begins
September 2020 - Highlights
October 2020 - Boris Sichon and Digeredoo
November 2020 - Rowan Corbett and Polyrhythms
December 2020 - Bill Vits - Rudiments and the Drumset
January 2021 - Kenny Wolin - Part 1 - Turning triplets into 16th notes
February 2021 - Kenny Wolin - Part 2 - Gallop Rhythm

All Ireland Bones Competition is Virtual in 2021

And in a true sign of the times. The All Ireland Bone Playing Competition is going virtual. They are collecting recordings and determining participants now, and the cut off date to apply is march 31. There will be 10 competitors from Ireland, and 10 from the international community. the top three players who placed in 2019 will be allowed to compete. There will be a senior and Junior (under 18) section. In particular, they are looking for younger players to compete. To apply contact Martin O'Donohue at

Like Jigsaw Puzzles?

Click HERE for a Zigsaw Puzzle that includes a rhythm bones player.

It is time to Renew RBS Membership

The Rhythm Bones society's fiscal year runs from January to December for all members meaning it is time to renew your membership. If you are not a member and would like to rejoin or become a member, Click HERE.

A New Index to the Rhythm Bones Player Newsletters

Click HERE to view a new index to the RBP newsletters. With 88 quarterly volumes in print, it is hard to review them without doing a slow Adobe search (cmd or cntl + f). This new index gives you every newsletter's Table of Contents in one place and it has links to each newsletter so you can get there with one click. Give it a try.

Silver Anniversary Video Ideas Needed

    I'm disappointed that no one has responded to the invitation to submit ideas for the Silver Anniversary RBS video to be shown at Bones Fest XXV next year in Alexandria, VA. Can you believe RBS has been around for a quarter of a century! During that time many wonderful things have taken place at our annual Bones Fest, and we want to include the most memorable ones. We need YOU to tell us what those moments are. Go to our CONTACT US page with a brief description of what you think should be included and we will get back to you. If we do a GREAT job who knows who might want to air the video.

'Blues' Bones Fest XXIII Left Overs

We say goodbye at least for now to the fabulous videos from the 'Blues' Bones Fest in Clarksdale, Mississippi except for the two videos below. We have not completed Vgo's Blues Workshop video and it will completed in full after the rush of work from Bones Fest XXIV is over.

July 2019 - Facilities and Musicians
August 2019 - Performer Highlights

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