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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.

Urban Music Summer Camp in partnership with Music Generation Cork City

Delighted to announce this year’s summer camp at the Music Generation Studio Kabin in Knocknaheeny. Participants will get the chance to write rap lyrics, sing, freestyle, make beats using the latest technology, record and perform their own original music with tutors from the Music Generation Cork City program.
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Running from Monday 4th to Friday 8th of July 2016, from 10am to 1pm. €25 for the week. Suitable for ages 10 to 14. Spaces are limited.

To sign up, email workshops@gmcbeats.com or call 0851186065.

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.

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Prize
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.

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