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Youth Music Video Tackling the Problem of Nicotine Addiction


After reaching the finals of the Song for 16 competition last month, I want to say congrats and best of luck to Ballincollig Youth Reach in their next endeavour, the Irish Cancer Society’s X-Hale competition.


This is a track and video that was made at GMCBeats’ workshops. Written, produced, recorded and filmed at the youth reach. Had a bit of craic creating this (and setting fire to a load of 20 euro notes!)

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Song for ’16 Schools Competition

Song for ’16 is an all-island schools song competition presented by the National Concert Hall, Disney Music Group and the Department of Education and Skills. This competition forms part of the National Concert Hall’s 2016 Centenary Programme.

GMCBeats is now offering mobile recording for schools. We will travel nationwide to record and produce your song, arrive in your school with all the necessary equipment.


Winning song published and released by Disney Music Group
€1,000 for primary and post-primary category winners
Finalists perform at The National Concert Hall

The Brief:
Schools are invited to write and perform a song celebrating the modern, multi-cultural Ireland of 2016. The song should explore themes such as equality of opportunity, liberty, and the equal cherishing of all of the island’s children; themes that are as relevant today as when spoken of in 1916.

A Celebration of the Modern Ireland
Ireland is now very much an island of nations, and its citizens and children have their origins in a multitude of countries, cultures, religions and traditions – indeed, Ireland represents for many of its new people a land of opportunity and possibility, just as America has done for the Irish themselves. Song for ’16 celebrates the cultural and musical diversity of modern Ireland, through themes as relevant today as they were in 1916.

Through Song for ’16, schools are encouraged to engage with contemporary culture through a historical perspective, and to produce a hit song for modern Ireland that celebrates what the island has become over the last 100 years.

To apply for this competition click here.

Rap Kids Ready for Junior Eurovision

5 young Cork rappers involved in YWIC‘s rap workshops facilitated by Garry McCarthy (GMCBeats) have been selected out of hundreds of entries for the TV auditions of this year’s Junior Eurovision. They are in with a chance of representing Ireland in the finals in Bulgaria.


Rappers impressed at the second audition for the Junior Eurovision at the Green Isle Hotel Dublin

The original song, “Is Maith Liom É”, is the only rap entry and performed completely in the Irish language. The original English version, “I Like It”, was written, produced and recorded at GMCBeats/Music Generation studio kabin in Knocknaheeny as part of the Webwise anti-cyberbullying campaign and it was performed at Dublin Castle in February 2015 for Safer Internet Day and the music video (created by Limbo) went viral in the days after.


Music Video Still

They will be traveling to Dublin on 8th of September for the filming in RTE Studios and the show will be aired on TG4 soon after.


Safer Internet Day 2015

Also we have to say a MASSIVE thanks to Neepa Sodhi for translating the lyrics into Irish for us.

Best of luck to the YWIC Crew!


Vote for our Le Crunch Jingle entry

Last week I wrote and produced a whacky jingle for the Le Crunch apples jungle competition on Today FM. I then got the talented Julia Varian to rap and sing on the advert. Julia is part of the junior rap workshops and is only twelve. A definite star for the future!
Today we got the brilliant news of our jingle being shortlisted in the final ten jingles out of over 100 entries! Delighted!
Please help us out by giving her a vote here.

Cork kids’ rap tune for Seachtain na Gaeilge 2015

​From the same school that brought us the “Santa Anthem”, which was featured on the Late Late Toy Show in 2013, and “I Wish Farranree Had a Beach”, the Farranree boys are at it again.

Written and performed by the fifth class kids of Scoil Íosagáin, Farranree, Cork, they have penned another catchy tune, this time for Seachtain na Gaeilge 2015, with lyrics both in Irish and English.​ ​

This week alone it’s been featured on the Irish Examiner newspaper, played on Raidio na Life in Dublin and also scheduled to be broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster.

Recorded at GMCBeats’ weekly rap workshops in the school.


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