The Oh Yeah Music Centre is delighted to announce the release of this year’s showcase EP from its annual talent development programme Scratch My Progress. The five fresh new acts which Oh Yeah took on board in September 2020 under the restrictions of the pandemic, have each written, recorded and released very different tracks in a year that has been like no other for the project or the artists.
The acts on the programme include Riley Holland, Gilmore, Gender Chores, Vivamagnolia and Lemonade Shoelace and since March 2020 none of them have had an opportunity to play live or trial their sound in front of a live audience. Access to safe practice has been difficult too, but earlier this year they rose to the challenge and recorded a live performance under the guidance of Oh Yeah. In light of there being no opportunity for the usual live showcase these performances were pre- recorded and can instead be viewed on the Oh Yeah YouTube Channel.
Talent Development Manager Charlene Hegarty who has guided the participants through the last 7 months said:
“2020 delivered the toughest conditions in living memory for the creative arts. I am so proud of the 5 acts featured on this release – they rose to the challenge, remained committed throughout and have delivered the most accomplished and diverse range of new sounds. Dive in, surround yourself in the music, support these young local artists and the arts. This is just the start”
Scratch My Progress is a mentoring, showcase and practical support programme for new music. The dedicated programme, now in its 9th year, is a PRS Foundation Talent Development partner supported by PPL and also with support from Help Musicians and YouTube Music. Oh Yeah also gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.
Please support these new acts and listen to, download and buy the tracks from HERE
1.Autopilot Paradise – Lemonade Shoelace
2. 990 Miles – Vivamagnolia
3. Say It First – Riley Holland
4. Here – Gilmore
5. Night In The Woods – Gender Chores
Gender Chores Gender Chores is Sam, Sophie and AJ. The music is informed and noisy and assertive. Their domain is the north of Ireland where bigotry and intolerance exist in the highest political offices. Gender Chores attack those failings with rage and wit; their live shows were keen moments of punk spirit and alternative thinking. For more info https://linktr.ee/genderchores/
Gilmore Gilmore is a composer, DJ and musician from Bangor, Northern Ireland. While he’s still in the early phase of his career, his tracks have been streamed more than half a million times on Spotify and on other platforms. He has compiled a dance mix for BBC Introducing and has enjoyed significant radio plays. For more info https://linktr.ee/gilmore96
Lemonade Shoelace This is the project of 23-year-old Ruairí Richman, a graduate of the BIMM institute in Dublin and a native of Newcastle, Co. Down. He name checks Air, Flaming Lips, John Lennon and Tame Impala. For more info https://www.instagram.com/lemonade_shoelace
Riley Holland Riley Holland is a songwriter and performer from Co. Down, Northern Ireland. Her music relates to pop and urban, acoustic and electronic. For more info https://linktr.ee/rileyholland
Vivamagnolia Vivamagnolia is Patrick J. Hodgen and his dedicated band Matt Holland (Valium & Dark Tropics) and Calvin Wells (Doctor Zoot) The band take its name from a series of vital alternative releases – Will Oldham’s “Viva Last Blues” and Songs: Ohia’s “Magnolia Electric Co.” For more info https://snd.click/4fh7
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