From November 11th, Music Generation will premiere a series of live music videos featuring brilliant young songwriters, musicians and bands from across Galway City!
Draíocht: Youth Voices captures performances of original songs by some of the city’s most exciting young songwriting talent and promotes youth engagement in guiding the future of creativity and the arts in Galway. Draíocht is a Music Generation Galway City programme which promotes youth voices through a series of stunning live music videos. Beautifully filmed in the newly developed GCC Music Centre in Galway Community College, the series features young songwriters, musicians and bands from across Galway city performing their own songs and contributing their voices to a new sustainable vision for original music in Galway.
Read on to find out more about the artists involved, watch the videos and discover the amazing people who have come together to make this a reality!
Draíocht: Youth Voices is presented by Music Generation Galway City and funded by Creative Ireland. Music Generation is a national partnership programme whose mission is to create inspiring experiences for children and young people through music by giving them opportunities to create, play and perform music in their own communities and on their own terms. Music Generation Galway City provides opportunities to access a range of high quality, subsidised vocal and instrumental tuition and is managed and supported locally by The GRETB, Galway City Council, Galway City Partnership, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland and Involve. Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships (LMEPs). Find out more via their Website, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
GCC Music Centre is a Music Generation Galway City initiative to develop a youth-friendly space in Galway City providing facilities for live music performance, stage rehearsals, studio recording, music workshops and small group music lessons. The aim of GCC Music Centre is to become a dedicated music hub and resource for music makers and performers with a focus on those starting out on their journeys, such as young people and students of Galway Community College’s creative PLC courses. The ethos of GCC Music Centre is to provide a welcoming, accessible and supportive environment for young people interested in music and to contribute to a new sustainable vision for local music - one that supports emerging talent, celebrates Galway’s original music heritage and gives opportunities to the next generation of songwriters, musicians, promoters, designers, photographers and sound engineers.
Livefeed is a Music Generation project which aims to empower young people to pursue interests in songwriting, live performance, sound engineering and music photography through workshops, mentorship and hands-on experience at events. It takes place on Thursday evenings in the newly developed GCC Music Centre in Galway Community College and is open to young people aged 13 to 18. The project features professionally run youth music events throughout the year in arts venues across Galway city and county. Email email@example.com to get involved.
Flo/Beats is a Music Generation project for young people interested in rap, hip hop, songwriting and music production. Taking place on Wednesday evenings in the newly developed GCC Music Centre in Galway Community College, Flo/Beats is a safe, welcoming and creative space for young people to explore rap, spoken word, hip hop, songwriting and music production. Participants have the opportunity to record and create their own tracks with the experienced duo of Amelian Donegan and Benji Enow Oben. The project is open to young people aged 13 - 18. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Draíocht: Youth Voices 2022 | Artists
Puck (video out Nov 11) are a 3 piece punk band based in Galway city who have been performing live since March 2022. Inspired by bands in the Galway music scene as well as an eclectic mix of acts such as Alice In Chains, Crass, Stiff Little Fingers, Bob Dylan, The Doors and Days N’Daze, Puck have fast become one of the most exciting bands to watch in Galway.
“Our mentality and message lie in the ideals of the punk movement, however our musical style tends to crossover various genres, one of our goals being to write as much material in different styles as we can while keeping a heavy distorted sound. The content of our original material is always to question our world’s realities and to speak up against immorality in society.”
Telebox (video out Nov 18, click here to subscribe) are a Galway four-piece who have become well known for their vibrant sound and energetic live performances, with numerous single releases and high-profile gigs under their belt. Highlights include performing for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their Royal Visit to Galway, playing at the Fire Festival opening ceremony for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, multiple headline slots at Music Generation Galway City’s songwriting and live performance project LIVEFEED and organising their own sold-out youth gigs in the Roisin Dubh.
“Livefeed was our kickstart - you get to work in a professional space with professionals and get treated like musicians, which is definitely a novelty at our age!”
Grace McQuaid (video out Nov 25, click here to subscribe) is a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Galway city who first picked up a guitar in early 2020. Heavily influenced by Phoebe Bridgers and Lizzy McAlpine, Grace wrote her first song in December 2021 and hasn’t looked back. She has since become a prolific and confident artist with help from Music Generation’s Livefeed project for songwriting and live performance.
“I’ve gained so much confidence in the time I’ve begun playing with Livefeed and have made so many new friends through the project! I’m very excited to see where music takes me in the future!”
Emmanuel Samuel (video out Dec 2, click here to subscribe) is a rapper from Galway who has been making music for about a year. Influenced by NLE Choppa, Ron Suno and Pop Smoke this talented young artist is continuing to develop his skills and experience through the FLO/BEATS rap, hip-hop and music production project with Music Generation.
“I want to get my own equipment so I can start learning how to produce music myself so that’s one of the other reasons I went to Music Generation as well. I love rap of course and I really hope I can go far with it.”Published on Updated on