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Mothers in Music.

The Oh Yeah Music Centre is seeking participants for a project titled ‘Mothers in Music’, a twelve-week song writing progamme designed for female musicians with caring responsibilities.

The project which is supported by the Spirit of 2012 Carers’ Music Fund, aims to provide 15 women that have found it difficult to progress in music due to caring and parenting duties, with an opportunity to reconnect, regain confidence and get back into writing, recording and performance again. The project will involve song writing, music making and studio time. It will also involve a showcase at Women’s Work festival, an annual celebration of women in music, which takes place in June across Belfast. Full consultation will take place with participants at the beginning to assess the needs of the group to ensure any barriers to participation will be removed so that everyone involved can take part with confidence and with support where needed.

The ‘Mothers in Music’ project is one of four separate cohorts of female carers that will take part in a 12 week bespoke programme tailored to each of the groups involved. The other cohorts include a partnership with the Black Box Belfast and their Black Moon and Mini Moon programme, with a second cohort engaging woman from ethnic minority and refugee groups. A third cohort is under way at Newington Day centre with a focus on female carers of loved ones living with Dementia, with this fourth cohort designed to recruit female musicians with parental caring responsibilities.

Charlotte Dryden from Oh Yeah said “When we were developing this project we wanted to bring female carers together that are going through similar experiences, so we decided to split it into four cohorts.  And seeing as this programme is about improving wellbeing through music we felt that one of the cohorts should be for musicians themselves. This idea was very much informed by discussions that we were having at our annual Women’s Work music festival around being a mother and working in music. Some of the feedback we received from respondents included better opportunities for mothers to take part. When we saw the Spirit of 2012 application for the very thing we wanted to do, we knew we had to make it happen.”

The Carers’ Music Fund has been made possible by funding Spirit of 2012 has received from the Tampon Tax Fund, awarded through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Carers’ Music Fund projects target women and girls who are lonely and isolated because of their caring responsibilities. These projects engage girls and women in music activities with the aim of reducing loneliness, improving their mental health and wellbeing, and challenging and changing gendered perceptions of and attitudes towards caring. UK statistics show that women make up the vast majority of carers, 72% of those in receipt of carers allowance are women, and parenting duties for infant children are still mostly done by women. Loneliness among carers is extremely high: 8 in 10 say they are socially isolated because of their caring responsibilities, and according to ONS figures carers are 22% more likely to experience mental ill health than the general population.

Ruth Hollis, Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012, said “We’re delighted to be supporting the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast to deliver the Women’s Work project. At Spirit we’re passionate about the power of the arts to bring communities together, break down barriers, and increase happiness. Carers play a vital role in society, but often end up having to give up the hobbies and interests that support their wellbeing, and can become lonely and isolated from others. That’s why it’s great that Oh Yeah are working to reach female carers who have lost touch with their music-making to help them reconnect with their love of music in a supportive group environment.”

For more info and to apply  MOTHERS IN MUSIC

 

Further Info…

Caring for others is hugely rewarding, but it can also be isolating and lonely. We are keen to recruit participants that may be experiencing some of the following:

• A new mother, feeling isolated by parenting responsibilities, or caught between caring for children and
ageing parents or family dependants.
• Musicians as carers with less time than before for music creation that would like to start writing and
performing again.
• Musicians (including aspiring and emerging) as carers that would like to reconnect, regain confidence,
increase self-esteem and sense of potential through the creative process while in the company of peers and
fellow music makers.

Project Details:

• Participants do not need to be receiving carers allowance to participate in this project and do not need to be live-in or full-time carers.
• This project aims to remove the barriers to participation and so through consultation we plan to ensure that participants will be able to attend as many sessions as possible, benefit from working as a collective group (suitable times/dates etc) and determine whether or not participants require access to alternative provision for any children in their care while they take part.
• The first consultation with participants will take place in February 2020 to determine the needs as well as
any musical levels/background.
• The first of the 12 sessions will take place in March 2020 and be completed by the end of May.
• There is a showcase element for participants that would like to perform that will take place during Women’s Work festival in June.
• During the project we will be required to gather feedback on the project from participants for reporting
purposes.

If you are interested in taking part please fill in the short form below. All info provided will be kept strictly confidential and for internal purposes only.

Places will be allocated on first come first served basis.

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Brand New Friend at the Oh Yeah with Volume Control

After being invited to play for Snow Patrol’s Ward Park 3 last summer and afterwards touring all across the UK and Ireland, Brand New Friend will be Volume Control’s special guests for an all ages gig!

 

To support them will be three local acts: Aeons / Poetic Licence / Blackout Season

 

Volume Control is run by over a dozen young people aged 14 – 18 who are ambitiously filling the gap and organising events for the all-ages market.
They have gone from strength to strength, surprising audiences by delivering fantastic line-ups in a friendly and inviting atmosphere.

 

Friday, 31st January 2020
7pm
£5
Tickets here

Getting To Know… Jordan Adetunji

You may have discovered him during Sound Of Belfast, or maybe with his performance at the NI Music Prize 2019, Jordan Adetunji is the next act of our “Getting To Know” series.

Those sessions are made for the artists to come speak about their creative process, their music, their path, in a way to get closer and share with their public. There’s usually is a bit of live music as well to punctuate the evening.

Jordan Adetunji is a real local revelation and sensation, with recognitions from across the United Kingdom. With this event, get the chance to know more about this young talented artist… for free!

 

 

It is important to register for the event, as places are limited.

You can RSVP here

 

Thursday, 30th January 2020
7pm

 

#BlackSanta Sit-Out charity appeal at Belfast Cathedral

This year again, Belfast Cathedral’s Dean and his helpers are sitting outside the cathedral everyday for a week to raise money for local charities that apply for the Black Santa appeal.

This initiative allowed us to receive funds the past few years and it’s always of very good use.

If you are around Cathedral Quarter this week, go say hello, or donate online on https://www.belfastcathedral.org/black-santa

 

Give your beloved ones the gift of three hours long practice at the Oh Yeah

It is the season for Christmas shopping, and everyone is scratching their heads again to find out what would please all the members of their families…

For those wanting to offer something special to a musician, we have the perfect gift! Get them Oh Yeah vouchers to practice for three hours in our two rehearsal rooms. Come ask a member of the staff to purchase one (or more) at the café! The price is £20 for the small room and £25 for the big room.

Our rehearsal rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a drum set in each one (no cymbals or sticks), amps, mics, a mixer and local PA in each one, and you can come downstairs for snacks and drinks at the café! Find out more about the rehearsal rooms here

We are open Monday – Friday from 10am to 5pm and 12pm-5pm on Saturday

15th edition of Out To Lunch (CQAF) – Gigs at the Oh Yeah

Out To Lunch, the winter festival showcasing arts in Cathedral Quarter, will start its 15th edition in January, with an incredible line-up of events.

Two are happening at the Oh Yeah Music Centre:

– Classic Album Revisited: Figure 8 by Elliott Smith
Sat. 18th January
8.00pm
18+

– Superfly Funk and Soul Presents The Mighty Mocambos
Sat. 25th January
8.30pm
18+

Book your tickets already and check the rest of that amazing programme on http://cqaf.com

 

The Haus of Falls is back… with trolls!

Nights of extravaganza and sass with outfit to death drop for and jaw-dropping runways, that’s what The Haus of Falls is all about!

For this third installation, the theme is “The Troll Ball”, and categories will be announced soon!

Door tax is £5

18+ gig

 

 

To help you wait for more details from the organisers, here’s a Video trailer

 

 

Oh Yeah, it’s Christmas!

We’ve just put the decorations on and we’re all singing “Jingle Bells”. It is indeed the best time to tell you that we’re having a Christmas party at the Oh Yeah, and you’re all invited!!

Our treat? Local bands and DJs with some pizza to share! All of it with that jolly spirit of course 🙂

(line-up to be announced soon)

 

Come down on December, 20th at 7pm with your nicest Christmas jumper, and let’s party!
£5 entry on the door

Ages 14+ welcome

 

SAVE THE DATE HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/790676164726010/

 

Terri Hooley’s Last Ever… Hooley’s Hootenanny

He’ll be playing records at the Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast, rocking into the New Year with his legendary wit, humanity and fine company. Terri started DJing at the age of 13 in church halls in east Belfast. His Hootenanny will take place a week after his 71st birthday. That’s 58 years of singular joy. “I’d rather go out with a bit of a bang than just fade,” he says. “when there’s a big crowd and everybody’s having a good time, and you’re bouncing about the stage like a three year old – it’s just an amazing feeling”

The Hootenanny will also be the start of the Goodbye Vibrations Tour 2020. Terri will say his farewells to the Irish music scene with 20 DJ nights across the year in various Irish locations. This will be a victory lap for the man whose life and achievements were celebrated in Good Vibrations, the film and then the sold-out stage play at the Lyric Theatre.

Don’t miss your chance to see the man in his natural habit, surrounded by great tunes, playing the soundtrack to a remarkable, intoxicating life. “It’s the greatest drug in the world for me!” he confesses.