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Jam Bands Mayo – get together, make music, explore ideas, inspire each other!

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Ballinrobe Community School was transformed into a living, breathing hub of creativity this past Easter as Jam Bands Mayo brought together 22 amazing young musicians and 9 budding tutors for a week of inspiring, collaborative music-making.

Established by Wall2Wall Music and presented by Music Generation Mayo, Jam Bands was born from a desire to encourage more young people in Mayo communities to write, create, play and perform music as a group. Jam Bands Mayo aims to bring this musical vision to life through their work, and to provide aspiring artists with the skills to do just that.

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.

The results speak for themselves - take a look at the great wrap video for a flavour of the creativity at play!

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.

Check out the brilliant videos of the performances on YouTube:

Jam Bands Sessions will continue throughout Mayo over the coming weeks and months. The next stop is Westport, where Ed and Eriko Hopkinson are inviting passionate musicians from ages 12 to 17, of all abilities, to come together to jam and create music:

Venue: Westport Town Hall Theatre
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Dates: 23 April / 14, 21, 28 May / 4, 25 June (please note venue for 25 June is TBC)

To find out more and register to take part, phone Ed Hopkinson:
+353 87 629 2198

Further details about Jam Bands Mayo can be found on the Jam Bands Mayo Blog.

For further information about this 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