Jam Bands Mayo – we’re jammin’, we hope you like jammin’ too!
Over the course of 2017 Mayo will be a hive of musical activity, thanks in no small part to the fantastic Jam Bands programme, which aims to encourage more young people in Mayo communities to write, create, play and perform music as a group. Established by Music Generation Mayo with Wall2Wall Music, Jam Bands Mayo intends to bring this musical vision to life through their work, and to provide aspiring artists with the skills to do just that.
Here's what one of the current Jam Bands groups had to say about the programme...
What has been your favourite thing so far?
'Spending time with my friends...'
'Creating songs with lyrics and instruments as a group...'
'Listening to everyone else’s songs...' '
What have you learned from particpating in Jam Bands?
'How to play piano chords...'
'How to work together as a group and write songs...'
'How to work as a team...'
'How to be fabulous!'
Why do you like coming to Jam Bands?
'Meeting new people...'
'It’s good craic and enjoyable...'
'People get to join together to create music...'
Throughout the Jam Bands Mayo sessions young musicians were offered the support and guidance of experienced local musicians who helped them explore music within their own preferred genres, while also immersing them in new music styles. The participants were encouraged to mash up music, challenged to step beyond their musical comfort zones, and thrown into a new creative, free and inspiring world of noise!
Participants were given access to the instruments and tools required to write, record and perform their own compositions – everything from keyboards to drum kits, basses and guitars, to mics and amps.
As well as performing in small band ensembles, the young Jam Bands musicians worked together to create two large group pieces, sharing their ideas for lyrics, melodies, riffs, breaks and musical innovations.
We asked some of the current participants for one thing they would like to say about Jam Bands...
'It’s fun' – Kayleigh
'It’s really fun and cool' – Ailidh
'It’s fun and we love to have a laugh' – Almaz
'I’d like there to be more days like today' – Eibhlin (Songwriting day)
'Awesome! Have it more often' – Ailbhe
'Jam bands is honestly the most incredible thing ever' – Anon
What's coming up for Jam Bands in 2017?
EASTER JAM BAND CAMP 2017
When: Tues April 11th – Fri April 14th 2017. A 4-day camp, 10am-4pm daily
Where: Ballinrobe Community School
Cost: €80 per participant
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To find out more about Jam Bands or to get involved contact:
t: 09490 41013
For further information about Jam Bands and other Music Generation Mayo programmes and initiatives, contact:
Kate Mc Keon, Co-ordinator, Music Generation Mayo
Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB, Administrative Offices, Newtown, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
t: 094 90 24188