The Oh Yeah Music Centre is delighted to reveal that the five fresh new acts that have been selected for Scratch My Progress 2021 are; Myles McCormack, Susi Pagel, Problem Patterns, Jack Devlin and Charlie Hanlon. Paragraph
Scratch My Progress is a mentoring, showcase and practical support programme for new music. The dedicated talent development programme, now in its 10th year is powered by the on-going support of PRS Foundation. Oh Yeah is also delighted to be working with YouTube Music, a partnership that will provide participating artists with a new level of support through a series of dedicated master classes and more.
Over the next nine months the five acts will work with our dedicated Talent Development Manager, Charlene Hegarty, to uncover opportunities for their music and take part in workshops, studio time, professional photo shoots, showcases, industry mentoring and more
With the ongoing situation surrounding the partial closure of live music and events in mind, there will also be increased support in developing digital skills in artist promotion, performance and development of online audiences.
Over the years our talent development artists have had one to one sessions with PRS, PPL, PRSF, Musicians Union, First Music Contact, Atlantic Records (Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX), Parlophone Records (Gorillaz), Domino Records (Anna Calvi, Arctic Monkeys), Jeff Robinson PR (The 1975, Belsonic), Deezer, Ditto, Body & Soul Festival and many more. The Scratch My Progress scheme has mentored a diverse range of talent over the years including NI Music Prize Winners Kitt Philippa, Sasha Samara and Sister Ghost, music and media personalities Gemma Bradley & Emer Maguire and artists representing the rock, alternative, acoustic, rap, pop, punk and electronic genres.
“I am proud to welcome Problem Patterns, Susi Pagel, Charlie Hanlon, Jack Devlin and Myles McCormack on to Scratch My Progress 2021. The last 18-months have been deeply distressing for musicians but I am assured through the talent and energies of the artists on this year’s programme that there is good reason to be hopeful. I am excited to work with each of them and help them build strong foundations for long lasting and fulfilling careers in the music industry.”
Further Information on each act:
Belfast based musician Myles McCormack occupies a very special place within the Irish music community. He writes beautiful, intricate and delicate songs. He is an active collaborator, a unique and versatile songwriter.
Myles McCormack Quote
“I’m really excited for everyone on the Scratch program this year and just keen to learn as much as I can from Charlene and everyone at the Oh Yeah centre. Having this support will maybe encourage me to push my music further too!”
Myles McCormack Biog
Belfast based musician Myles McCormack occupies a very special place within the Irish music community. Beyond his work as a founding member of innovative folk outfit Lonesome George, the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist crafts careful, considered tales under his own name. His 2019 debut ‘Real Talk’ was released to a sold out audience in Belfast’s Duncairn Arts Centre and was described as “A sublime and carefully crafted debut” (The Thin Air). Through his work across this project and Lonesome George (“Caustic lyrics that burn with righteous dignity” Songlines 4*) he continues to hone his style as a unique and versatile songwriter. Further demonstrating this Myles began 2020 singing and playing mandolin with Irish traditional group Réalta on the spring leg of their US tour.
Over the past year Myles has worked on new music including various single releases, (One Day, The River Rises, By Demons), new Lonesome George songs (The Lying Devil, No One But Ourselves) and is currently collaborating on new recordings with Réalta.
Susi Pagel is a Belfast based singer-songwriter experimenting in hyper pop spaces. Her honest indie pop is reminiscent of Chvrches and Melanie Martinez, garnering listeners locally with support slots for bands such as Saint Sapphire.
Susi Pagel Quote:
“I still can’t believe I was chosen for the program, I feel so lucky and grateful to be gaining such valuable experience whilst meeting such incredible people and professionals.”
Susi Pagel Biog:
Susi Pagel, based in Belfast, is a singer-songwriter who has been writing for over four years. Her honest indie pop is reminiscent of Chvrches and Melanie Martinez, garnering listeners locally with support slots for bands such as Saint Sapphire. Her debut single ‘Yesterday’ was named as ‘Best Song In The World This Week’ on BBC Across The Line following its release in March 2020. September saw the release of ‘Pretty Girl’, and Susi continues to reach a wider audience through live stream gigs as she works towards her debut EP.
Jack Devlin is a singer-songwriter from a small village called Hilltown. His songs explore life and live experiences – he delivers his songs with a raw emotion that immediately draws you in. He has a range of influences including Paolo Nutini, Jeff Buckley and Ben Howard.
Jack Devlin Quote:
“I am super buzzed to be a part of the Scratch My Progress program,
I’ve already heard great things about this with lots of great NI acts coming out of the program.
Getting to learn about the big bad music industry and how to make a pathway in my music career is very exciting, along with all the other cool bits that come with it.
We just had our first meet up, It seems like I’m going to be working alongside some deadly people, safe to say I’m delighted.”
Jack Devlin Biog:
Jack Devlin holds the attention of any crowd, with a magnetic stage presence and undeniable energetic talent. He is a young singer songwriter with dynamic original music, exploring raw emotions that life brings, performing with passion and expression both acoustically and with a full band.
Regularly playing venues across Ireland, Jack headlines original gigs recently selling out the Sunflower Bar Belfast and plays impressive festival slots. Gathering loyal fans, Jack has supported high class Irish and international acts, such as David Keenan and Hermitage Green. His music is reminiscent of Paolo Nutini, Jeff Buckley, Kings of Leon, the Killers and Ben Howard, among others.
Jack has created an individually distinctive sound, with a raw full vocal that dips and soars. Exploring the genres of Folk, rock, indie and pop, resulting in a varied and unique music catalogue. Co-writing with other brilliant local artists, Jack encouraged and founded several original music nights such as ‘Evening Noise’.
Charlie Hanlon is a 16-year-old multi-instrumentalist from the small Irish town, Downpatrick. He is a young indie pop icon in the making who has been steadily collecting fans since releasing his first demo on Soundcloud in early 2020.
Charlie Hanlon Quote:
“I am buzzing to be a part of ‘scratch my progress ‘this year, A lot of really cool artists have done it in the past and it’s a pleasure to be a part of this year’s group with some really great artists. Can’t wait to begin working with Scratch!”
Charlie Hanlon Biog:
Charlie Hanlon is a 16-year-old Indie pop artist and multi-instrumentalist from the small Irish town Downpatrick.
His music initially gained traction after releasing the demo for his track ‘I lost Myself’ on SoundCloud in January 2020. The demo was picked up by BBC music introducing and was handpicked by Taylor Johnson of Brand New Friend to be a world exclusive on the BBC show ‘Across the Line’. This introduced a whole new audience to Hanlon’s brand of indie pop. Later on, in 2020 the demo for his upcoming single was also picked as a world exclusive on the same show by Taylor Johnson once again, which brought more eyes to Charlie’s music.
In October 2020 at the age of 15 he released his debut single ‘Will You Stay Tonight?’ In which he played every instrument on himself. The single achieved some success landing onto playlists such as Alfie Templeman’s New music Friday playlist, oh yeah centres Current Northern Ireland playlist and Belfast music Recommends playlist, Chord blossoms Fresh music from Northern Ireland playlist and Indie buddies Indie quick picks playlist. Around the same time Charlie also did a live stream performance from the oh yeah music centre in Belfast for sound of Belfast 2020 and the clash of the new breeds final.
Now in 2021 Charlie has been featured on BBC across the line once again after the demo for his track ‘Lo and Hi’ was played by Radio 1 presenter Gemma Bradley and has released his second single ‘Kids Today’ in which Hanlon takes on all musical instrument duties again and also teamed up with Indie legend Michael Mormecha on production duties. The song came out on August 20th 2021 and is available to stream now on all major platforms.’
Problem Patterns is a four-piece DIY feminist queerpunk band from Belfast, Northern Ireland, comprised of Beverley Boal, Bethany Crooks, Ciara King and Alanah Smith. The band does not have a singular frontperson, opting instead to switch roles and instruments, to ensure each member in the group has a voice.
Problem Patterns Quote:
“We are so appreciative to be taking part in Scratch My Progress this year. We are keen to learn, grow and smash everything that’s thrown at us. We are definitely already the big kids of this year and we can’t wait to see what happens. This opportunity is amazing for us as a DIY band and we are buzzing to work alongside Charlene!”
Problem Patterns Biog:
Problem Patterns is a four-piece DIY feminist queerpunk band from Belfast, Northern Ireland, comprised of Beverley Boal, Bethany Crooks, Ciara King and Alanah Smith. The band does not have a singular frontperson, opting instead to switch roles and instruments, to ensure each member in the group has a voice. Formed in November 2018, their debut single, “Allegedly”, was recorded and released within their first month together. They released their debut EP, ‘Good For You, Aren’t You Great?’ in July 2019. They have received airplay on BBC Radio Ulster, RTÉ 2FM and KEXP. Known for their ferocious live performances, the band were nominated for Best Live Act at the Northern Ireland Music Prize in 2020, with two consecutive nominations for the Oh Yeah Contender Award in 2019 and 2020.
4. How do you most like to listen to music – on vinyl, CD, cassette, streaming or a combination?
Spotify when I am working or I am out and about but at home it has to be Vinyl, especially while eating with others.
5. What’s the most unusual piece of band/artist merchandise you own?
I have a T-shirt that I got when I saw Milky Chance in Amsterdam in Jan 2020. The band had let fans know that they wouldn’t be travelling with Merch on their European tour in order to have an environmentally responsible approach to sustainable touring… BUT that fans could bring their own items of clothing to be printed at the show for a small fee! It was such a brilliant idea and I was able to pick the print I wanted and have it made there and then at the gig on a t-shirt I brought with me. I think it should be the way forward for all touring acts and I treasure the T-shirt because it feels very personal.
6. What’s your go-to song for karaoke or singing in the car?
Karaoke – Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues
Singing in the Car – (because no one can hear me) Florence and The Machine – Dog Days Are Over.
7. What album would you save if your house blew down and why?
Milky Chance – Sadnecessary on vinyl. It’s the album my partner and I listen to the most and the first one I ever bought him. Every song holds a different memory.
8. What artists (alive or dead) would be in your dream band line-up?
You cannot improve upon Amy Winehouse singing with The Specials in my book…. maybe if you stick Rory Gallagher in there.
9. If you could meet your favourite all-time artist, who would it be and what would you say to them?
I would meet Lauryn Hill and I would ask her to tell me her life story from start to end.
10. What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
An old Irish song – Líontar Dúinn an Cruiscín by Seán Bán Mac Grianna and sung by a friend. It’s about all sorts of aspects of life and it goes on a bit, (just like me – ha ha!). But the last verse is about your death and your loved ones grief. It has a calm feeling to the verse rather than being morbid; you tell them to drink and sing so loud that you hear their voices. I love that thought.
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Please note: We will be closed on Monday 30th August 2021.
Oh Yeah Music Centre is delighted to announce that we will be proceeding with the next phase of our reopening plans on Monday 23rd August.
The award winning NI Music Exhibition at Oh Yeah will once again be open for visitors after being shut for almost 18 months due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
We’ve made some changes to your visiting experience in to make your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible. All the relevant info follows below.
The NI Music exhibition at Oh Yeah is the only permanent exhibit for popular music in Northern Ireland. There is much to see, including a series of storyboards documenting and plotting the history and the stories of Folk, Punk, Rock, Jazz and more. There is a ‘Legends’ series of wall displays that hail the great achievers including Ruby Murray, Van Morrison, Terri Hooley, Bap Kennedy, David McWilliams and Henry McCullough to name a few. Exhibition cases display some unique rock and roll memorabilia including the Fender Guitar that Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol used to write ‘Run’ and ‘Chasing Cars’, a vintage street sign of Cyprus Avenue, made famous in a Van Morrison song, and a specially arranged exhibit of Gary Moore memorabilia.
Earlier this year with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and in preparation for the reopening we put together a short film about the exhibition, the music story and our music bus tour. You can watch it below, then come visit the real thing!
Please see below for full details of the processes we’ve put in place. We have undertaken full risk assessments and our staff and volunteers have been briefed and trained on procedures.
Maximum group size of 6 people* Exhibition limited to 2 groups at any one time Track and trace details taken upon entry Please wash or sanitize hands upon entry Visitors must wear a mask in public areas Please maintain social distancing throughout Areas are frequently cleaned Toilets opened and regularly cleaned Contactless payments preferred
*For groups larger than 6 please contact us in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org
Scratch My Progress is the Oh Yeah Music Centre’s annual talent development scheme. Since 2010, 44+ acts have benefited from the Scratch My Progress scheme, with Oh Yeah mentors dedicated to developing, supporting, signposting, nurturing and promoting local musical talent to international change makers.
Applications are now open for the class of 2021/22 and we are expecting more applications than ever before given the sustained success of our alumnus including;
– Kitt Philippa who won ‘Album of the Year’ at the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2020 and has since signed a record deal with Paragon Records and Faber Alt.
– Sasha Samara who won the ‘Contender’ award at the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2020
– Gemma Bradley who is now the UK National Radio broadcaster for BBC Introducing…
– Lemonade Shoelace who scored a ‘sync’ on Made In Chelsea and spins on BBC, RTE and KEXP
– Riley Holland who achieved 10K+ spins on her single in 3-weeks !!!!
We are looking for the most dedicated emerging talents to harness the full opportunity of the scheme.
Full details, guidelines and application form available on the following link; bit.ly/2VfWXdf
Artists/acts must be aged 16 and over to apply. See link for full application process.
Deadline for submissions is Monday 2nd August @ 6pm !!
Aged 13-18. Do you want to meet new young people, write a song and learn how to perform? This camp is supported by the T:BUC fund – Together Building United Communities which is funded by the Executive Office of Northern Ireland and the Education Authority of Northern Ireland.
——————————————————- CAMP INFORMATION ——————————————————- WHEN: The dates for the camp are: Pre-Camp Sessions Friday 23rd July Friday 30th July Camp: Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th August 10-4pm Post-Camp Sessions: Friday 20th August Saturday 11th September
WHERE: Oh Yeah Music Centre, 15-21 Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG (dependent on any change in restrictions).
COST: £10 (the cost of your place has been generously subsidised by T:BUC funding but we require a contribution to £10 to secure your place).
*Attendance at pre-camp and post-camp sessions are mandatory to confirm your place.*If you want to take part you will need to fill out this form. There are limited spaces, so we will work a first come, first serve and then have a waiting list.
The submission process for the NI Music Prize Album and Single is now open!
It has been the toughest year for music, but there has been no shortage of incredible releases and creativity. Outstanding music has been released, music that kept us going, inspired us, entertained us, brought us escapism and most of all hope.
That is why despite all of the challenges that our music community has faced in the last year, we are delighted to announce that we will be proceeding with plans for 2021.
The NI Music Prize 2021 will take place on Wednesday 17th Nov. We are working on how we might present the event and more details will be announced soon.
For now we are very pleased to announce that the submission process is open from Mon 5th July – Monday 26th July.
Please read the full details on the NI Music Prize website and if you feel you are eligible, then you can submit using the links provided.
Shine Presents: ‘Damsel in Distress’ Tour GIRLI Plus Guests Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast Fri 26th Nov 2021 Doors 6pm Tickets £12 + BF from Ticketmaster.ie & shine.net 14+ Show
London based singer-songwriter GIRLI is pleased to announce her ‘Damsel in Distress’ Tourheadline Belfast show at Oh Yeah Centre on Friday 26th November 2021. GIRLI released her new five-track EP ‘Ex Talk’ in February 2021. Tickets on sale Wednesday 23rd June at 9am from Ticketmaster.ie & Shine.net
Before she was GIRLI, Milly grew up in north London with her performance-loving family, both parents being actors. As a young kid, her rebellion was not being artistic: she was a science nerd, and later deeply into politics and her school debate society, even briefly serving as a Youth MP for Camden. She was bullied at school, and retreated into a fantasy world of reading and writing fiction.
Then, during her GCSEs, she discovered music. Inspired by her favourite indie bands, like the Arctic Monkeys and Peace, she’d spend lunch breaks hanging out in the music department, playing guitar and singing, and eventually found herself two bandmates on JoinMyBand.com. It didn’t faze 15-year-old Milly that her bandmates were 18; she confidently took charge. “Music was my obsession,” she remembers. “So we had to rehearse five times a week, just so we could play these shit gigs at pubs. I was so determined.” Even after her bandmates decided they couldn’t hack Milly’s pace, she wasn’t deterred. She enrolled at ELAM (East London Art and Music), where she kept on honing her own voice: a kind of Gen Z emo rap take on Lily Allen, with the anger of Hole or Siouxsie and the Banshees remixed by the sheen of PC Music. She was just 17 when she signed with Virgin EMI, and 18 when she released “So You Think You Can F**k With Me Do Ya”, a J-pop-inspired, shout-a-long anthem. Between racking up further plays on Beats 1 and BBC Radio One with her rowdy second single “ASBOys” and photobombing Ant and Dec at the BRITs, her acid pink hair quickly became emblazoned in the public eye. Behind the scenes, as an 18-year-old who had just received her first big cheque and moved into her own place, her life was becoming more and more intense. “Increasingly, after a year or two, it got very toxic,” she says now. “I was suffering from a really bad eating disorder. I was taking a lot of drugs, and just like, destroying myself.” Her label called her in for a disciplinary meeting, which went on to inspire one of her greatest singles, the pop-punk riposte “Hot Mess”
Milly released her debut album Odd One Out in April 2019. Hailed as “gutsy” by the Guardian, and “unapologetic and audacious” by Clash, it’s a collection of songs that Milly is fiercely proud of. “The album is like this weird mix of happy and sad,” she reflects, pointing in particular to the frank single “Up and Down” which addresses depression head-on. “Because I was experiencing these really intense mental health issues, and also partying way too much, and then I fell in love for the first time.” Despite the love and honesty she poured into the project, she was released from her record deal a month later.
Hitting up musician friends like Slovenian singer-songwriter July Jones to join her in the studio, Milly began sculpting a new voice for GIRLI: one that was even more raw and unfiltered than she had ever been in the past. She channelled her feelings about being dropped, along with the searing pain of her first break-up, into super vulnerable lyrics, leaning harder into a grunge-influenced, riot grrrl sound. “I was angry, more than anything,” she says. “It made me realise that anger can be a good emotion, because it can spur you on to do things. If I hadn’t been angry, I would’ve just been sad and mopey.” But instead of falling into a depressive inertia, she created her furious, joyous five-track EP, Ex Talk.
We are delighted and honoured to have been shortlisted in two categories for the up coming Arts & Business awards. You can view the full list HERE
For the ‘New Sponsorship’ category with Translink for Sound of Belfast 2019 – for the Metro Sessions project and new music competition.
For inspirational Trustee for our former Chair, Shona McCarthy for her brilliant leadership spanning 5 years, helping the organisation and team through a period of transition and change up until 2020. We are incredibly grateful for Shona’s time and support during that period and delighted to see her recognised through this category.
Shona McCarthy joined the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society as Chief Executive in December 2015. Shona has championed the Edinburgh Fringe as the world’s leading open access, performing arts festival and founded on the principle of freedom of expression. From 2015 – 2020 Shona was Chair of the Oh Yeah Music Centre. From 2011-2014 she was Chief Executive of the Culture Company, leading on Derry – Londonderry’s transformational year as UK City of Culture. Prior to that she was Director of the British Council Northern Ireland. She headed up Imagine Belfast to deliver Belfast’s bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2001. She also spent many years as Chief Executive of Cinemagic Film Festival for young people, Belfast; and the Foyle Film Festival, Derry; and was Head of Exhibition at the Northern Ireland Film Council. Shona has 32 years experience working in senior leadership positions and was awarded a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship for Innovation in 2014, making her part of a global network of leaders and influencers, and a NESTA cultural leadership award which took her to work with the Seagull Foundation for the Arts in Calcutta India in 2007.
A collective performance of Running Up That Hill, the NI Electronic Workshop with Hannah Peel, The Magy’s Farm Sessions, Getting To Know Pillow Queens, Dani Larkin album launch and much more set for Women’s Work 2021.
The Oh Yeah Music Centre has announced the details of its fifth Women’s Work programme. The festival, which is an annual celebration of women in music, will take place online, across four 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 will include a collective cover of ‘Running Up That Hill’ by Kate Bush. Following a call out for participants, Women’s Work will showcase the results as an online effort led by Katie Richardson. The video will support efforts to raise funds for Women’s Aid.
Women’s Work is also proud to support the launch of an application process for a new initiative – NI Electronic Workshop led by Hannah Peel. Dani Larkin will launch her highly anticipated debut album ‘Notes for a Maiden Warrior’ and the Oh Yeah Getting To Know series will run two events that will feature an exclusive with Pillow Queens and another session with Dani Larkin.
The festival also involves a performance from Kate Nicholson via the Accidental Theatre. The Lunchbox Sessions will feature daily music from Sara Ryan, Míde Houlihan and Winnie Ama. The Magy’s Farm Sessions will feature five artists from University of Ulster Music: Niamh Murray, Cara Quinn, Rhian Brownlow, Clodagh May and Lara O’Donnell.
Isobel Anderson, host of the highly rated music podcast Girls Twiddling Knobs, will present a special LIVE episode with a sublime panel of special guests. There are workshops with Siobhan Brown,Theodora Byrne,Amanda St John, Brigid O’Neill and many more.
Discussion panels will feature; ‘I Am My Song’ hosted by Beyond Skin & Afghan National Institute of Music. Linda Coogan Byrne and Siobhan McAndrew will discuss the ‘Why Not Her?’ campaignand Lynette Fay and Dr Úna Monaghan will discuss Sexism In Irish Traditional Music.
There’s the Mothers In Music Showcase, as well as access to the brilliant Julie McLarnon documentary The Psychology of Analogue. The list of events goes on and includes presentations, talks and advice sessions from the likes of Safe In Sound, Nadia Khan & Claire Rose (Women in CTRL), Francesca O’Connor (Make Waves Management) and Gemma Bradley (BBC Radio 1).
Charlene Hegarty, Talent Development Manager at Oh Yeah and the festival’s coordinator said – “Women’s Work is a celebration of the multi-genre females at work, both on and off the stage, in Ireland. I am delighted it’s back for a 5th year and burning brighter than ever. The programme is just a snapshot and it brings me incredible joy to work in collaboration with these talented and creative women. I hope you enjoy what we have planned for you.”
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