Actively Seeking A Female Punk Story of Northern Ireland

Actively Seeking A Female Punk Story of Northern Ireland

A call-out to the punkettes from the Oh Yeah Music Centre.

The Oh Yeah Music Centre are actively looking to tell the female side of the Northern Ireland punk story which will be launched at the upcoming Women’s Work Festival.

We are looking for clothing, memorabilia, photographs, posters, badges and great stories. A selection will be used to create a special exhibition at the Oh Yeah Music Centre and will be used to complement the award-winning Northern Ireland Music Exhibition at the centre – the only permanent exhibition for popular music in NI.

This call-out takes place around the 40th anniversary of the big moments in the local punk story: the release of ‘Suspect Device’ by Stiff Little Fingers (March 1978), the first punk gig at the Harp Bar on Hill Street (Victim and The Androids, April 21 1978) and the first single release on the Good Vibrations label (‘Big Time’ by Rudi, April 1978). Much of this has been well documented and has featured in the wonderful Good Vibrations film. However the role of female fans and musicians needs to be researched in depth. We want an alternative, alternative story.

So we are looking to hear from the participants. The trailblazers who attended nights at the Viking and the Trident in Bangor. The participants at the Glenmachan Hotel and the Harp Bar in Belfast. To those who found their teenage kicks at the Casbah in Derry and who created an anarcho-punk haven at Giro’s on Donegal Street Place, Belfast in the early 80s.

Our understanding of the London punk scene has recently been revised by the autobiography of Slits guitarist Viv Albertine and will be furthered by an upcoming film documentary on Poly Styrene (Marianne Joan Elliott-Said) from X Ray Spex. This is the time to do justice to these stories and we want to celebrate the courage and creativity of the visionaries who looked to create a new society in Northern Ireland during turbulent and often oppressive times.

Charlotte Dryden of Oh Yeah said, “The story of Belfast punk is well documented and has inspired countless bands and music lovers around the world. The NI Music Exhibition has successfully celebrated and honored the bands and the scene, but admittedly very few females have featured. It has been an ambition of ours for a while to dig deeper into the story by seeking out the women from this particular era of punk. We have no idea how many stories will come to us, but we know they are out there. This is a very exciting project for us and we can’t wait to see what comes from this call out.”

Exhibition runs 5th – 10th June 2018 as part of Women’s Work Festival.

We are accepting memorabilia, photos etc until 11th May.

For more info contact charlotte@ohyeahbelfast.com

Photo courtesy of Peter McGuinness.

Music Potential Showcase

Those with Music Potential come together for a special evening at Oh Yeah this April

| Rebekah Fitch | Jonny McArdle | P.O.C | Chris Walton | Conor Maley |

| John Martin Tierney | JackO | Shauna McArdle

 The participants of Music Potential Belfast, a project facilitated by The Oh Yeah Music Centre on behalf of London based Capital XTRA Radio is set to showcase the results of their work on Tuesday 17th April.

Music Potential is one of the largest talent searches and intense music training schemes to come out of the UK on such a wide scale with young people from London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Birmingham and Belfast taking part.

The music programme supports young people aged 18-25 improve crucial skills necessary in both developing talent and enhancing employability prospects. In February this year 60 young people took part in an intense round of workshops and training in music production, writing, performance and events management known as the MPX programme. They worked alongside some of the best in the industry, including Leah McFall, Callum Stewart and Iain Archer.The programme helped sharpen young performer’s skills and increase confidence in areas that include of song writing, music and radio production and event management.

Now is their time to shine and for some it will the first time they have graced the stage to experience the buzz of live performance. Singer-songwriter Shauna McArdle will be performing a track written in collaboration with 18-year-old rapper Jack O’Connell. Neither artist has performed in public before. Shauna credits the ‘Music Potential’ programme with getting her back into music after taking a break due to personal issues:

“Having written and sung privately for a long time, I had lost my confidence and couldn’t face the prospect of performing. However, this programme has really given me the confidence to sing in front of other people again and to just get out there and show people what I have got!”

Other artists like Rebekah Fitch and Conor Maley are seasoned pros at this stage. Both have been steadily making a name for themselves on the music scene in Belfast and see this as another step on the ladder to success. Conor Maley, originally from Co. Donegal, signed up to the programme to get more experience of the industry and to hone his talent further:

“Already on the programme, I have created strong networks and made great connections, so much so that I have already been offered slots on bills I wouldn’t have been considered before. It’s been a great next step for me and I can’t wait until the showcase to debut some of the tracks recorded with Start Together Studios”.

Doors 7pm – encouraging people to come along and support!

Call for expressions of interest for freelance mentors.

Oh Yeah is launching a call for expressions of interest for flexible freelance mentors for an exciting new youth outreach project called More Volume.

Term of contract: Short term, freelance, flexible – some programmes will be delivered one session per week over 12 weeks and others will be delivered over shorter periods of time with longer sessions. The model may be changed to fit the needs of the group.

More Volume is a youth events and industry enterprise mentoring programme based on Oh Yeah’s award winning programme Volume Control. The aim of the project is to inspire young people to develop their skills and confidence in the music and events industry by providing mentoring and support that will give them the opportunity to realise their full potential. The participants of More Volume will also achieve a recognised qualification as a result of their involvement in the project. 


We will be engaging with a number of groups in communities around Belfast over the next three years to run this project in conjunction with local delivery partners.

We do this with hands on practical work that includes a team of up to 12 young people working together to plan and promote a live event in conjunction with a local festival in their area.

We are looking for someone with music and events industry knowledge and experience, to mentor the group in the planning and promotion of these events.

Reporting to the Youth Engagement Manager, your key responsibilities will include:

• Mentoring and facilitation at weekly meetings with the group.
• Gig planning and preparation.
• Facilitating group discussion.
• Ensuring group meet deadlines.
• Organising workshops for the group in topics relating to the completion of the project.

Person spec:

• Experience organising and running live music events.
• Experience working with young people (either youth/community work, facilitation, project delivery, tuition, volunteering)
• Ability to effectively plan and prioritise.
• Good knowledge of local music community.
• Excellent verbal, written and communication skills.
• Knowledge/experience in youth and child protection policies and legislation.
• Experience in delivering accredited programmes (desirable).

Contract:

3 hours per week (flexible scheduling to fit needs of the group)
1.5 hours to meet with group
1.5 hours for prep or other admin.
Plus attendance, facilitation, mentoring as required at live event.
This is a paid role with a set fee per programme, plus travel costs.

Please send an expression of interest explaining how you are qualified to mentor More Volume groups in no more than 500 words, plus CV to sian@ohyeahbelfast.com.

If suitable for the role, we will add your name to a pool of mentors for this project.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

BBC Biggest Weekend Fringe

Are you aged 16 – 24 years old?

On Saturday 21 April the BBC is hosting an employability event at Oh Yeah for young people as part of the Biggest Weekend Fringe providing them with digital, creative and employability skills, and an opportunity to apply for several work experience placements at the festival site.

The BBC is partnering with several youth organisations committed to working with young people in delivering these valuable skills.

The morning session will run from 10am until 1.30pm and the afternoon session will run from 2pm until 5.45pm at the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast, consisting of one main Q&A featuring several key speakers and a choice from three workshops. Alongside this there will be a ‘Market Place’ with various local organisations to provide one to one advice on a range of career paths.

You can register for your ticket until 11.55pm on Wednesday 11 April. Tickets will be distributed by random draw with 90% going to Belfast postcodes*and 10% going to the rest of the UK.

This event is only for 16 to 24 year olds and Photo ID will be required. Entry will be refused without a valid ID.

For more info and to register go HERE

 

Women’s Work returns, 5th – 10th June 2018.

The Oh Yeah Music Centre has revealed the programme illustration and dates for Women’s Work 2018.

The Festival, which is confidently entering its third term, is doing so in acknowledgement of the centenary year of the Representation of The People Act 1918.

The artwork which is by Belfast based Illustrator Fiona McDonnell incorporates the colours and tone of what became a milestone event in the in the fight for democratic equality, which is still being fought today around the world in different forms.

Women’s Work was established to celebrate and highlight the contribution that women make to music. Inspired by a growing global movement across the music industry towards a more even playing field the festival aims to celebrate diversity and inspire a sense of confidence in female talent from Northern Ireland.

The festival is open to all genders and includes showcases, gigs, special events, panels, talks, and exhibitions. The programme incorporates grassroots, emerging and established talent and includes regional, national and international guests. To date the festival has showcased over 120 performances and welcomed over 60 guest speakers and industry.

This year will run June 5th – 10th inclusive and programme details will follow in the coming weeks.

New website…

We’ve given our website a refresh and switched to WordPress!

Thanks to Stuart Bell for the design and technical support and to our former intern Aine Cronin McCartney for help with uploading existing and new content.

We hope to have much more regular updates via our blog, so keep checking in and do sign up to our newsletter!

Oh Yeah now OCN Centre

Oh Yeah is pleased to say it is now an officially recognised Open College Network NI Centre.

The recent participants on the Capital XTRA Music Potential MPX course will be the first ever group to come out of the centre with an OCN accreditation from Oh Yeah.

Future Oh Yeah OCN work will include Volume Control and our new Paul Hamlyn funded project More Volume.

 

Capital XTRA’s Music Potential has kicked off at the Oh Yeah Centre. 

Over 50 young adults from a wide range of backgrounds have been offered the opportunity to gain experience and a qualification through the programme currently being delivered over the last two weeks at Oh Yeah in conjunction with Capital XTRA and the Big Lottery.

There are five learning streams currently being delivered; Radio Production, Music Production, Studio Production, Live Events Management and Songwriting and Performance Skills. Each stream is engaging with a group of young people who are all hoping to make their big break in their chosen field, with the help of experienced industry mentors.

A showcase of all material and learning will be happening in Belfast in April before three acts and a live events team head to London to perform and produce a national showcase in Koko, Camden in late May.

The talent and commitment on display from day one has been amazing. Watch this space for interviews, videos, tracks and more coming from the Music Potential programme.

Photo – Songwriting mentors Leah McFall and Iain Archer at the recent Capital XTRA Music Potential Bootcamp at Oh Yeah.