The Wadaiko Ichiro Drummers bring the ancient techniques of Japanese drumming and percussion to Galway.

The 18th Galway Arts Festival is taking place from 19 - 30 July and promises punters a packed programme of music, theatre and dance, alongside literary and visual arts events. 

Gerry Coy of the Galway Arts Festival says the box office is manic for the duration of festival and he quickly adapts to working up to 20 hours a day. The impressive programme combined with the atmosphere of Galway attracts many people to the festival.

People like the town, like to come in, and the whole lot just works together.

Orla Nix of the Arts Festival Press Office says every year one act captures the imagination of festival goers and this year it is Wadaiko Ichiro Drummers from Japan.

I think everybody wants to see the Japanese drummers, they're selling great, everybody want to go and see them, all age groups and they’re amazing.

The drumming troupe is comprised of ten men and women skilled in the ancient techniques of Japanese drumming and percussion.

Their performance is built around the taiko, the traditional drums that increase in size to a massive drum carved from a hollow tree trunk and played with sticks the size of logs.

In advance of their sell out shows in the Big Tent at Fisheries Field, the company put on an open air concert at the Spanish Arch where they captivate the audience with their thunderous rhythm.

A 'Nationwide’ report broadcast on 27 July 1995. The reporter is Jim Fahy.