Patrick’s musical journey began at the age of 10 when his father gifted him with a Bodhran and Banjo and with encouragement included him in a family musical project which saw them play in hundreds of different venues throughout Ireland in the 1980’s A further stint in his schools classical orchestra playing Snare Drum and Timpani was his first taste of formal education in Percussion.
A return to music in 1996 saw Patrick embrace the West African Djembe and its tradition.” In 1996 in Ireland there were very few players who knew anything about the Djembe really yet there was a lot of energy and enthusiasm about and around it with the whole emergence at the time around world music”. Attending a workshop by Bisi Agun a Nigerian and listening to the likes of Kila and De Jimbe who utilised West African Percussion in their sound saw him collaborating with street percussionists, Community parades, Drum Circles and musicians furthering his enthusiasm for the drum.
In 1999 Patrick travelled to Gambia west Africa where he experienced first-hand the power of African Drumming with lessons in Moussa Camaras compound Banjul and nightly performances by the resident Guinean Percussion group “Fatala” in various venues around Banjul, Gambia. A further foray inland to Pakaliba, Gambia saw him witnessing Traditional Sabar drumming in a traditional Village setting.
In 2004 Patrick travelled again to West Africa, this time Abene ,Cassamance in Southern Senegal where he further enhanced his studies of percussion.
Full Circle Percussion was founded in 2006 by Community-Based Percussionist Patrick Naughton in a response to peoples desire to drum. since 2006 Patrick has worked in numerous 3rd level Colleges, Schools, Art projects and community groups facilitating Percussion workshops as well as teaching a weekly class to Adults and students. His commitment, Passion and enthusiasm for drumming is the vehicle by which he communicates his authentic knowledge of Mandingue Drumming to all age groups. This is always done in a fun, relaxed informal way so that the participants get to experience the full power, atmosphere and feel of West African Drumming creating a lasting memorable experience.