In autumn 2012 we worked with percussionist Mestre Allysson Velez, who joined us from Recife in the North East of Brazil.
During his residency he explored the cultural similarities and traditions of his home state of Pernambuco in the North East of Brazil with those of Huntly and the North East of Scotland. For his project NordEste / North East Allysson worked with Deveron Projects towards a performance at the Halloween/Samhain festival. An audience of over 250 people watched the embryonic North-East of Scotland Huntly Samba School, which created opportunities by working with local musicians/artists and visiting samba mestres. During Halloween he was joined by the Edinburgh Samba School.