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Sam Maher’s Heavenly Handpan

Monday 22nd August / presented by Caitlin Nienaber

Sam Maher couldn’t have predicted how a simple busking video would change his life.

It wasn’t just any busking video though — Sam was playing an obscure and recently-popularised instrument called the handpan in an abandoned New York subway.

Part percussive, part melodic, the handpan sounds a little bit like the steel drum, but with an ethereal, almost angelic twist.

After the video went viral, Sam — a longtime drummer in Perth who currently lends his talents to Katy Steele — saw his Facebook popularity explode to over 40,000 likes.

And now, he’s taking his talents to church — more specifically, St John’s Church, for a very special RTRFM event called Heavenly Bodies.

It’s an evening of celestial music as a part of Fremantle Festival, and he joined Breakfast with Caitlin for a little taster of what to expect.

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