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Women’s Work 2019 · 5-9 June · Programme Details Announced

Guilty Feminist, FairPlé, Hannah Peel, Alana Henderson, Queen Zee, Brigid O’Neill and more set for Women’s Work.

The Oh Yeah Music Centre has announced the details of its fourth Women’s Work programme. The festival, which is an annual celebration of women in music, will take place across five days and nights and includes a range of activities that are open to all genders and include showcases, gigs, special events, panels, talks, and workshops.

One of the highlights for 2019 includes the Belfast debut of The Guilty Feminist. The award winning Podcast presented by Deborah Frances-White will be recorded live at the Limelight 1 on Saturday 8th June.

The festival also involves shows from Alana Henderson at the Strand, a Start Together party with Queen Zee at the Limelight 2, and Hannah Peel will be taking part in the Oh Yeah Getting To Know series. Derry author Geraldine Quigley of ‘Music Love Drugs War’ will be talking to Women Aloud. Weather permitting, Brigid O’Neill is this years’ intimate rooftop artist at Oh Yeah, and Bird & Bramble is paying tribute to Blondie. There’s a screening of Bad Reputation, which documents the story of Joan Jett, and there’s a women of Irish Hip Hop night presented by Elixer.

The programme is busy and there’s also the annual Women’s Work Showcase to look forward to. This event will play host to the freshest new sounds from the likes of Wynona Bleach, Molly Sterling, DENA, Gemma Bradley, Gender Chores and more!

Several workshops, talks and advice sessions will feature from the likes of Girls Rock School NI, Female DIY Tribe, GIRL and Musicians’ UnionEscuelas de Paz & Beyond Skin will also host a conversation with special guest Genesis, a Columbian Beauty Queen, activist and musician, which is sure to be a fascinating discussion.

Underpinning four of the events this year is ‘Women In Music’, a funding initiative through Help Musicians NI. One of these is FairPlé, a campaign to achieve gender balance in Traditional Music and Folk. They will present a series of talks and discussions at the Duncairn Arts Centre.

Women’s Work is supported by Help Musicians NI and Keith Millar regional manager said, “Everyone at Help Musicians NI is really pleased to be continuing our collaboration, as official charity partner to the fantastic Women’s Work festival, into a third year. The goals of the charity and Women’s Work are very much in tandem as we push to build, support and nurture diversity in the music industry. In that spirit, in addition to our own activity, we are very pleased to have four of the recipients of our Women In Music (WiM) NI Fund showcasing at this year’s festival. The WiM NI Fund is a bespoke fund specific to NI launched at Women’s Work in 2018, which is designed to support organisations and established collectives working to promote gender equality and the role of women in music. At Help Musicians NI we’re proud and excited to see the fruits of some of our beneficiaries’ labours displayed at the festival one year on.”

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey said:

“Belfast boasts a vibrant and diverse music scene that everyone can be proud of. Our reputation for developing world- class talent continues to grow from strength to strength and the contribution women make to that success cannot be underestimated.

 “The Women’s Work Festival programme is packed full of fantastic events, celebrating the positive impact of women in the local music scene. I am delighted to be part of the launch today and I would encourage as many people as possible to get involved and enjoy what the festival has to offer.”

Charlotte Dryden of Oh Yeah said:

“It’s shaping up to be another brilliant year. We’re absolutely delighted that the Guilty Feminist is making its Belfast debut as part of the festival. As for the rest of the programme, the level of collaborative working, shared ideas and ethos is humbling and it makes us proud to be able to facilitate, host and showcase so many initiatives. Thanks to Help Musicians NI for getting behind the festival, their support has been solid and we are proud to partner with them again for 2019.”

The Festival runs 5th – 9th June.

A fresh new website goes live on April 11th.

For full details go to www.womensworkni.co.uk

The Fugues – Lady In Pink

Regular users of our Strummerville Rehearsal Rooms, The Fugues have released a brand new video for the single Lady In Pink.

They’ll be launching it with a show in Voodoo Belfast on Wed 27th Feb.

We have a host of local bands using our very busy rooms on a regular basis, and its great to see some of them release great music.

You can find full details on the website about our rooms if you’re in need of somewhere to practice on a regular basis.

In the mean time enjoy this!

We’re Hiring!

This role is part time (21 hours per week) based in Belfast and would suit an enthusiastic, organised person who has a passion for working with young people and for the local music industry in Northern Ireland.

This role is part-time, based in the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast. The successful applicant will be involved in the design, delivery and promotion of all youth focused and family friendly initiatives within the Oh Yeah Music Centre. They will provide support to Youth Engagement Manager and to other core staff members on various tasks and projects.

Key roles and responsibilities:

  • Support the Youth Engagement Manager in the delivery of all youth projects in the Oh Yeah Centre.
  • Increase Oh Yeah’s engagement with young people both as course participants and as audience members.
  • Assist in the design and delivery of a suite of informal music qualifications in conjunction with the Open College Network’s framework.
  • Develop and grow the family friendly activities of the Oh Yeah Music Centre.
  • Assist in the development of resources for the informal education of young people.
  • Develop relationships with other youth providers and schools for the purpose of recruitment and programme delivery.
  • Other duties as identified by the Youth Engagement Manager, CEO and board of Oh Yeah.

Essential criteria:

  • Ability to provide proof of experience of working with young people in an informal setting, either paid or voluntary.
  • Ability to demonstrate administration experience and experience in use of various IT packages.
  • Have an interest in live and local music and in the wider music and events industry.
  • Have an understanding of data collection and demonstrate knowledge of how to demonstrate impact.

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience of the design and delivery of Open College Network qualifications.
  • Experience of fundraising in a community context.
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of budgets and funding applications.

Travel

  • May be required to travel throughout Northern Ireland in order to attend meetings or events.
  • May be required outside Northern Ireland to attend training or conferences. 

Anti-Social Hours

  • Will be occasionally required to work outside usual working hours for which time off in lieu will be given.

 

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to recruitment@ohyeahbelfast.com or post documents to: 

Recruitment
Oh Yeah Music Centre
15-21 Gordon Street
Belfast
BT1 2LG

All documents to reach us by Friday 15th February at 4pm. 

Closing Date

Friday / 15 February 2019 4:00pm
4:00pm

Contact Details

recruitment@ohyeahbelfast.com

028 9031 0845

Oh Yeah Music Centre
15-21, Gordon Street
Belfast
BT1 2LG

NI Music Prize – ‘Best Single’

‘Human’ is a powerful plea to be kind and to look after each other – delivered with poise and purpose through a delicate and uplifting electronic lens. ‘Human’ was released earlier this year and has been championed by Mary Anne Hobbs, Tom Robinson, Phil Taggart, Today FM, RTE 2FM, Nialler 9, Hotpress, The Line of Best Fit….

 

Kitt Philippa was presented with the award, by previous NI Music Prize winner SOAK, at the Ulster Hall Belfast on Thursday 15th November 2018. In an emotional acceptance speech Kitt addressed the recurring theme of the night – mental health. “My family, and those very close to me, have been and are vital. These years have not been easy. Taking care of my mental health is a journey and it’s ongoing. that’s okay.”

NI Music Prize – Best Live Act

“The first award up for grabs at the NI Music Prize 2018 was the Best Live Act with little seemingly to separate the five nominees (And So I Watch You From Afar, Brand New Friend, Robocobra Quartet, Ryan Vail & The Wood Burning Savages) who all offer unique live experiences. Rather fittingly presented by long term champion of the band Tom Robinson, Derry’s The Wood Burning Savages got the nod. Anyone who witnessed their album launch or set at Stendhal this year will know it was well deserved.”

 

– Robert Brown, Chordblossom.

NI Music Prize – ‘Oh Yeah Contender’

The Northern Ireland Music Prize honours and celebrates the very best of Northern Irish albums, and this year includes three additional categories for Best Single, Best Live Act and The Oh Yeah Contender Award. The Oh Yeah Contender Award was announced as a means of celebrating emerging acts within the thriving Northern Irish music scene.

This years winner for the award (AND nominee for Best Single) ROE – owned the stage with those distinguishable electro pop sounds on the night.

Thanks to NIMP sponsors, we were able to introduce a cash prize for each of the winners, and the addition of three categories indicates just how strong things are in Northern Irish music right now. Oh Yeah CEO Charlotte Dryden comments, “It is fantastic to see completely fresh talent like Cherym sit alongside international names like Snow Patrol. We have always had the biggest faith in our music community, and we want to celebrate, support and promote it beyond Belfast and Northern Ireland. We hope to see as many people come out to support the nominees on the night.”

Fun Lovin’ Crime Writer’s Noirish Night

Crime fiction’s supergroup heads for Belfast!

Meet Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Christopher Brookmyre, Stuart Neville, Luca Veste and Doug Johnstone at a unique night of music, craic and crime fiction.

Not only are these guys some of the most talented and entertaining crime writers around, they can also play a mean (crime-inspired) tune. So join us for Noirish Night with the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers for one of the most memorable gigs of the year!

The Allergies with Andy Cooper, 12th Jan 2019

Superfly Funk and Soul Belfast presents The Allergies, as they hit the road to promote their new album, ‘ Steal The Show.’ The boys will be manning the decks but joining them onstage will be super rapper, Andy Cooper, also known as the 3rd Allergy! Dj support comes from Superfly Guy himself, Pete Brady and also Dublin’s Shawn Bracebridge. These events have proven to be ultra popular, so grab your tickets while you can.

Tickets

NI Music Prize shortlist announced

NI Music Prize shortlist announced.

The NI Music Prize shortlist for 2018 has been announced. The event, which will take place on November 15th at the iconic Ulster Hall, is now in its 6th year and includes the return of three categories that formed part of the very first NI Music Awards back in 2011.

Over 80 industry and media cast their vote for the best Album of the last twelve months. They were also invited to nominate for Best Live, Best Single and the Oh Yeah Contender Award for best emerging act.

There will be a second round of voting for all but Best Single, which will go to public vote later this week. The winners of all four categories will be announced on November 15th.

Oh Yeah is also pleased to announce that the winners of each category will be awarded a cash prize. Best Single, Best Live Act and Oh Yeah Contender will receive £1,000 and £3,000 will go to the winner of Best Album.

The NI Music Prize is coordinated by the Oh Yeah Music Centre and is supported by Belfast City Council, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, British Council, PRS (Performing Rights Society), PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited), Help Musician’s Northern Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland and Tourism Ireland.

www.nimusicprize.com

Ticket link

Further details are to be announced in the coming days, but for now, here is the shortlist…..

Album of the Year

 And So I Watch You From Afar – The Endless Shimmering

Ash – Islands

Bicep – Bicep

Brand New Friend – Seatbelts For Aeroplanes

Ciaran Lavery – Sweet Decay

Girls Names – Stains on Silence

Hannah Peel – Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia

Malojian – Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home

Robocobra Quartet – Plays Hard To Get

Ryan Vail – Distorted Shadows

Snow Patrol – Wildness

The Wood Burning Savages – Stability

Best Single

Arvo Party – Liberté

Ash – Buzzkill

Brand New Friend – Girl

Cherym – Take It Back

Hot Cops – Decay

Joshua Burnside – A Man of High Renown

Kitt Philippa – Human

Robocobra Quartet – You’ll Wade

ROE – Hey Thomas

Rosborough – Burn Blue

Snow Patrol – Life on Earth

The Wood Burning Savages – I Don’t Know Why I Do It To Myself

 

Oh Yeah Contender Award

Cherym

Hand Models

Hunkpapa

Rebekah Fitch

Roe

Best Live Act

And So I Watch You From Afar

Brand New Friend

Robocobra Quartet

Ryan Vail

The Wood Burning Savages

Album Shortlist

 

 

 

The Chapter & Verse according to Tony Wright

Longterm friend of Oh Yeah and More Volume mentor, Tony Wright, has just released his sixth studio album in 9 years, the acclaimed ‘outro’ has been picking up rave reviews across the board – with The Irish Times declaring it, “a work of pure joy”. He released the album as a precursor to his highly anticipated first book, “Chapter & Verse(ChorusVerse)” which launches at The Belfast MAC (where Tony is currently Artist in Residence) on October 17th as part of the Belfast International Festival at Queens followed by a tour of theatres across Ireland, where Tony will be performing a One Man Show of theatrical readings from the work interspersed with songs from his extensive back catalogue.

On top of this and  delivering Oh Yeah’s More Volume:Shankill programme as well, Tony is co-starring in a web based comedy series about musicians that he wrote additional material with alongside his good friend Michael Macullagh, “Son of The Hound” before he makes his feature film debut in the biopic of sportsman, Bert Trautmann in November. What a busy human!

To find out more and to buy Tony’s latest work, head to: VerseChorusVerse Bandcamp.