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February workshops update part 1

​A few mad busy but inspiring days of rap, beats and songwriting workshops…

Thursday, a large TY group in Blarney took part in a Song-in-a-Day workshop and wrote, produced & recorded a song about the effects of binge drinking. 

Friday, a mix of 1st and 2nd years in a Waterford school wrote and recorded a track about the “Power of Yet” in their JCSP library for the Poetry Ireland Wrapparound Project. 

At the weekend I recorded a zombie invasion anthem with my 9 year old legend of a nephew. 

Yesterday, finished filming a music video for a track about mental health that I helped a Mayfield youth group make recently. 

Then that evening, helped a teen write a write and record a very personal and powerful song about their experience in the Irish care system. 

Today, I worked with the TY class in Buttevant to write, produce and record a track raising awareness of the issue of human trafficking in another Song-in-a-Day workshop. 

After that, then to the regular weekly workshop in Gurranabraher. The first junior group are working on a tack about dog fouling. Yes, dog poo. A special request from the Cork city council to help tackle the problem in the area! After that, the older groups worked on their own solo tracks and spoken word pieces ranging from topics like stress, growing up to self actualisation. 

I’m very grateful for all this. 

Now I’m about to have a daysent cuppa tea. 😎

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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