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Foróige Citizenship Awards

Another award for a song and music video made at a GMCBeats rap, beats & songwriting workshop!

The Mayfield Group were awarded “Ones to Watch” for their “Reach Out” piece tackling teen depression at the Foróige Citizenship Awards in partnership with Aldi Ireland. Delighted for them. The video will be released in the next few days, in the meantime, listen to the audio here:

Fair play to Shane,Trisha and Paul for the work they put into this. If you’d like to book a workshop or recording session for your school or youth organisation just call 085 118 6065 or email workshops@gmcbeats.com.

Winning song created at a GMCBeats workshop

Featured in the Irish Times, Dublin school takes top prize in National Youth Media Awards.

Overall winners of the Drugs.ie “Let’s Talk About Drugs” competition, Dublin school Coláiste Eoin Finglas beats competition from 700 other entrants to win overall prize of €2,000 with a song, titled ‘Take Your Mask Off’. Written, produced and recorded in a GMCBeats Song-in-a-Day workshop in the school.

Read the full article here.

Listen to the song:

To book a workshop or recording session at your school or youth group, email workshops@gmcbeats.com or call 085 118 6065.

Here’s to Another 12 Months of Music

Garry at the Music Generation / GMCBeats Studio Kabin in Hollyhill

Garry at the Music Generation / GMCBeats Studio Kabin in Hollyhill

I just want to wish everyone that I’ve worked with over the last twelve months a happy and creative new year. Also a massive thank you to those who continue to support my work which has allowed me to do something that I love for over 5 years.

I get to make music with young people all over the country, in primary schools, secondary schools, youth groups, youth reaches, residential care centres etc. I meet a load of interesting, funny and talented individuals, many of them have a lot to say and it’s genuinely a privilege to help them to do so through music.

2016 has been a mad year for GMCBeats Workshops, and it’s looking like 2017 should be too. Some of the highlights of the past year include:

Producing and recording 4 tracks that made the Song for 16 finals in the National Concert Hall (2 primary schools, 1 secondary school and 1 youth reach group).

A song and music video created at the workshops in Ballincollig Youth Reach was the overall winner at the Irish Cancer Society’s X-Hale awards.

The winning video at the Cancer Society's X-Hale Awards 2016

The winning video at the Cancer Society’s X-Hale Awards 2016

A song created at one of the workshops won top prize at the “Show Racism the Red Card” awards.

Scoil Íosagáin in Farranree appeared on Swipe TV, performed at the Department of Education for national forum on sustainability, and recorded their 6th album!

The 3rd year of running the Urban Music Summer camp at the Kabin. Supported by Music Generation Cork City.

MusicGeneration Cork City's Urban Music Summer Camp 2016 with GMCBeats, Rory McGovern, Ophelia and Lloyd

MusicGeneration Cork City’s Urban Music Summer Camp 2016 with GMCBeats, Rory McGovern, Ophelia and Lloyd

Delivered my first international workshop at the Musician’s Woodshed in Austin, Texas.

A successful Rap-a-Mile for Straight Ahead charity event in Cork City.

Worked on 3 music videos (and songs) for Colaiste Eoin Finglas.

 

Making one of the videos at Coláiste Eoin

Making one of the videos at Coláiste Eoin

 

National TV appearances and live performances for secondary schools St. Aidan’s and Coláiste Eoin.

Awarded a grant from CESCA to create music that will help Cork teenagers to “fight off negativity”.

The young musicians, rappers and singers from the Hut (YWIC) in Gurranabraher have continued to make group and solo tracks in my 4th year working there with the other brilliant tutors Rory and Ophelia.

Danny & Cathal producing music at the Studio Kabin

Danny & Cathal producing music at the Studio Kabin

Involved in a number of secondary school groups that wrote and performed lyrics at 2 Wrapparound events at the National Library and UCC (supported by Poetry Ireland, JCSP and Trócaire).

Thank you all. G’wan!

Garry.

Finglas Teens’ Music Video Celebrating the Development of Irish Culture since 1916

Students from Coláiste Eoin in Finglas have created a song and music video for the Song for 16 competition. With the help of GMCBeats Workshops, the students wrote, produced and recorded the song in one school day and filmed the video the following week.

This is the 4th song that GMCBeats has made with the school over the past 18 months.

They also made it into the final 14 (out of almost 160 entries) and performed the track to an audience of a few hundred people at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

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Massive congratulations to all the hugely talented student writers, singers, rappers, poets and musicians that have been involved. This wouldn’t have been possible without the huge help from their JCSP librarian Teresa Hudson, principal Paula O’Brien and music teacher Mr. Gaffney.

For more information about GMCBeats’ creative songwriting, rap and beats workshops, contact workshops@gmcbeats.com.

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