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.
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