Unity Drummers welcome full moon with special guest

Mayor Jack Dempsey joins the Unity Drummers at Bargara to welcome the full moon.

Unity Drummers Bundaberg found their rhythm tonight to welcome the full moon as it rose majestically over the Pacific Ocean at Bargara.

Tonight's so-called “Worm Moon” was the last of 2019’s three back-to-back super moons.

Starting before nightfall at 6.15pm the drummers had to overcome bird sounds, which complemented their African beats with wild screeches.

It was a family occasion, with lots of children in attendance, and popular favourite “If You're Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands” was included to lighten the mood.

Amy Guppy and Jack Dempsey, Unity Drumming
Unity Drummer Amy Guppy and Mayor Jack Dempsey chat during a break

As darkness took over, Mayor Jack Dempsey made a cameo appearance to the applause of participants and onlookers.

He brought his own drums and proceeded to show his skills while tapping away enthusiastically with seasoned performers.

Mayor Dempsey said he admired the Unity Drummers very much.

“They add vibrancy to our cultural scene and entertain locals and visitors alike,” he said.

Organiser Cynthia Hoogstraten said money raised tonight from gold-coin donations would go to Townsville flood victims.

On their Facebook page, Unity Drummers say their activities are all about drumming and its benefits. Djembe drumming is for all ages and abilities.

They play their drum music every full moon from 6.15pm to 7pm.

Wikipedia says a djembe or jembe is a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, originally from West Africa.

Unity Drummers welcome the full moon at Bargara.

According to the ABC, keen-eyed stargazers in the southern hemisphere tonight saw a super moon, but in the northern hemisphere it's not just any super moon. It's a “super worm equinox moon”.

The super moon falls on the same day as the March equinox, which signals the change from summer to autumn.

The ABC website says this is the first super worm equinox moon in 19 years, and follows a flurry of brilliant moons this season, including the super blue blood moon, super blood wolf moon and super snow moon.