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.
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.
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.
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.
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!