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LiveStyles youth rap showcase gig on June bank holiday weekend

The LiveStyles youth rap showcase gig is back again this year with more acts than ever. This will showcase young rappers, singers, DJs and beatboxers who have been part of GMCBeats workshops in schools and youth groups from all over Cork City as well as others from beyond the county bounds. Also I’m delighted to announce that it is supported by Music Generation Cork City.

The event will take place on Sunday June 1st in the Kino on Washington Street. This is an all ages event and there will be some workshops on the day also including a scratch & DJing demo from Cork’s DJ Jus Me. GMC will also be doing a demo on home recording and beat making. Dean O’Neill will be on hand to show off some of his beatboxing skills also.

Some of the performers include Scoil Íosagáin, rappers from the Hut in Gurranabraher (who featured on the Secret Millionaire) and DKC, a young Dublin rapper who recently featured on RTE’s Elev8 with his music video on the topic of homelessness.

For more information check out the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1491215771092483/

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GMC Workshops’ song with Scoil Íosagáin confirmed for Late Late Toy Show

Scoil Íosagáin’s Christmas hit from last year will feature on this year’s Late Late Toy Show on RTÉ One, hosted by Ryan Tubridy. Already the kids have supported Jedward and Design Bishop and have been play listed on local radio. The track was written and recorded in Garry McCarthy’s (GMC) Rap and Beats workshop last November with their teacher Brian Hennessy.
The show will tired on 29 November 2013.
Here’s their music video:

Download the Santa Anthem now and get it into the charts!

To follow up their last hit “I Wish Farranree Had A Beach” which got national exposure on 2fm, Today FM and Red FM, the kids from Scoil Iosagáin have made another anthem… This time for Christmas!

Written and recorded over 4 1-hour sessions at GMC’s weekly workshop in the school, each of the 4th class kids lays their own humour, local slang and charisma into their rap on the topic of “Santa and Christmas”.

Let’s make the 4th Class kids’ rap track the new Irish Christmas anthem by downloading it here on iTunes:
Scoil Iosagain & GMC – The Santa Anthem! (Lyrics below)

Here’s the video, produced by Zombie Media:

Santa Anthem Rap Lyrics

Phone Call 1

Ho ho ho, this is the Santa Line,
We are currently experiencing high call volumes,

please hold while we try to connect you

Awh no, I’ve been waiting for ages now like,
All I want to do is return this playstation,
Santy gave me a wonky one last year

 

Verse 1

One, Two, three to the four,

My chimney’s blocked so Santa’s at the door.

White beard and a hairy chest,

Santa’s cool boy, he’s never stressed.

 

Ya, it’s snowin’ and the toys are flowin’

Ice on my nose and the wind is blowin’

There’s snowflakes in my cornflakes

And they’re makin’ it soggy like a milkshake.

 

Merry Christmas – Ho Ho Ho,

Cabbage for your dinner – no, no no!

Jingle, jingle pop all the balloons

The kids are running like loony tunes!

 

I’m frozen but my raps are flowin’

The lake is ice, so I won’t be rowin’

I hope I get a mike off my Aunty

‘Cause I’m a better wrapper than Santy!

 

Chorus

Who’s the fella with the sack on his back, that’s bulky

Is that a sleigh or a sulky

What you doin’ there parked on my roof,

Santa’s that you in the bright red suit?

 

Jingle bells bells,

Jingle bells,

Bells jingle bells

x 2

Verse 2

Get your head noddin’ batman and robin,

At Christmas, you know they do nothin’,

Chillin’ in the batcave waiting for Santy,

I heard they’re hidin’ somewhere in Bantry.

 

Who’s on the roof with the big red suit?

With the beard and the sack and the big black boots?

Writin’ on sheets, layin’ down beats,

It’s Christmas time – better kick up my feet!

 

I can’t sleep – it’s so excitin’,

Waitin’ for Santa on Christmas night.

All the girls think I’m their hero,

Just because I am sub zero.

 

I rap so cool, my raps are frozen,

Flow so cold, like a snowman’s nose man!

I make Frosty the snowman melt,

I’m so hot, I’m bad for his health!

 

Chorus

Who’s the fella with the sack on his back, that’s bulky

Is that a sleigh or a sulky

What you doin’ there parked on my roof,

Santa’s that you in the bright red suit?

x2

 

Jingle bells bells,

Jingle bells,

Bells jingle bells

x 2

 

Bridge

Mistletoe, snow and presents,

Everyone eatin’ loads of pheasants

Or turkeys or geese,

it’s so cold that you need a fleece!

 

Verse 3

I put a bet in the bookies,

That Santa would eat all my cookies,

Who’s gonna put up the decorations?

We need them for celebrations!

 

Snow is falling all around,

Please don’t make a sound!
Snowball fight – you’ll get a clatter,
Ice in you face boy you’ll be shattered!

 

Santa’s great, Santa’s the best

But no toys if you act like a pest!

Chillin’ in the snow waitin’ for our dinner,

We’ll eat too much, so we won’t get thinner

 

I put Santa’s cookie up the tree

And then he can make himself a cup of tea

Christmas is coming, Christmas is near

The bells are ringin’ boy, can’t you hear?

 

Chorus

Who’s the fella with the sack on his back, that’s bulky

Is that a sleigh or a sulky

What you doin’ there parked on my roof,

Santa’s that you in the bright red suit?

x2

 

Jingle bells bells,

Jingle bells,

Bells jingle bells

x 2

Bridge

Mistletoe, snow and presents,

Everyone eatin’ loads of pheasants

Or turkeys or geese,

it’s so cold that you need a fleece!

Phone Call 2

Hello…

Finally, c’mere Santy, what’s the Story with that dodgy Playstation?

It’s nothin’ to do with me boy…
Talk to the elves!

 

 

 

The Santa Anthem

Here’s what the rest of the classes have been recording this year:

Thanks a million and Happy Christmas!

Boom!

The workshop track from 3rd class in Scoil Iosagain Farranree has been featured on 2FM, Today FM, Cork’s Red FM and thejournal.ie. On behalf of the kids involved in the track, thanks to everyone for taking notice!
Here’s the track, along with others from the school:

Just uploading my 160th workshop track to my soundcloud page now (Click here to hear them). I’d like to say a huge thanks to the young people all over Ireland for getting involved over the past 2 years and to all the youth groups and schools for being so open minded and giving rap a chance!

I love every minute of it. Especially when I hear kids say things like “I’ve been writing raps at home since doing the workshops” or “I got a gig at a disco” etc. It makes it all worthwhile and I’m so glad that music can make such a positive impact on young people’s lives.

Growing up in a country village myself, there was always a certain level of ignorance towards “rapping”, that it was a “black” thing… but ten years later I hear kids walking around listening to other kids’ raps on their phones you know something’s changing! This country has so much untapped talent it’s ridiculous…

Rap can often act as a stepping stone onto other forms of art like acting, music technology, playing instruments… and thankfully now, people are now beginning to see the power it has! So again, thanks to everyone for giving it a try. 😉

If you want to book rap workshops for your school or youth group, email workshops@gmcbeats.com or call 085-118-6065. I can tailor make a project to include not only the writing and recording of rap songs, but also music videos, music technology (making beats), CD cover & poster designs, websites and live showcases.

Here’s some work from previous workshop projects:

The Break it Down Initiative

(Official Website) Project funded by Leargas, run by Mayfield Arts Centre. Here’s their music video:

And their full album for free download:

Da Lodge Farranree

Workshops took place at Ógra Chorcaí (now Foróige) in the Lodge, Farranree, Cork City.

 

GMC’s Workshops on RTE’s Nationwide

GMC’s Rap Workshops on RTE’s Nationwide

For those of you who haven’t seen the piece on RTE’s Nationwide, you can view it here:
Nationwide on RTE Player
My part starts 8min 10secs in…

If you would like to book GMC’s rap & music workshops for your school, youth group or private party then email workshops@gmcbeats.com (or simply click the contact tab on the right of the screen) or call 085 118 60 65.

These workshops cater for all ages and for all levels of ability. I have my own professional portable recording and production equipment meaning you will get your very own tracks recorded by the end of the workshop. I can also cater for groups looking to make their own music videos or music websites. For those who really don’t fancy rapping (although I encourage everyone to try it), you can sing, play guitar, produce beats, play keyboard on the songs we create in the workshop.

This is a truly unique, engaging and creative experience which can be enjoyed by anyone! Not just those who are into rap!

Cheers,
Garry McCarthy (GMC)

Rap & Beats Workshops