THREE teenagers have taken it upon themselves to help kick-start a music scene for young people in the north.
They have organised a marathon nine-hour live event, which will raise money for the new recording studio at Ramsey’s Northern Lights Community Centre.
Drummer Ed Knight, 18, of Laxey, singer Damian Wood, 19, of Ramsey and guitarist Ryan Corlett, 18, from Maughold are all members of six-piece band Honourable.
‘Getting gigs isn’t hard, just getting ones our friends can come to, that’s the problem,’ said Ed. ‘There aren’t many chances to play properly in front of people our own age, especially in the north.’
To that end the three have organised a full day and night of live music at the Masonic Hall in Ramsey on February 23, open to all ages including under 18s.
Acts appearing so far include bands Your Gold Teeth, The Water Is Rising, The Shapes, Honourable, Full Moon Fallout, Electric Railway, Exit Left and Last Time We Spoke.
Acoustic acts include Juan Hendy, Leo Craig, Terry George, Beth Kaneen, and Charlotte Greenbank.
The midday to 9pm show will double as a fundraiser for the soon-to-be-completed recording studio at Northern Lights on Bowring Road, which owner Sam Jenkins will run on both a commercial and charity basis, with sessions set aside for young musicians to get recorded for free.
‘A few weeks after we came up with the gig, I was in Northern Lights and started talking to Sam. It makes sense to do the gig in aid of something local,’ said Ryan.
‘I think the studio is needed, not just in Ramsey, but all around the island. I think lots of young bands will use the place. It’s great down there, there is so much equipment!’
Sam explained money raised could pay for studio time for young musicians in the area, and he is also throwing in a free session as a raffle prize at the Masonic Hall gig.
In addition Sam said he wants to start hosting regular gigs at Northern Lights that under 18s can attend, starting next month.
He added that he has spoken to Carl Joughin at The Mitre Hotel in Parliament Street about hosting something similar, and with the Youth Service’s Soundcheck musical youth club having recently established a weekly session in Ramsey, opportunities for young people interested in music in the north are ever-increasing.
First up though is the showcase event.
‘We thought we’d start in the afternoon, the more music the better,’ said Ryan. ‘We’re all excited, but nervous. We just hope it isn’t a shambles! Sam and the guys will be helping with sound and equipment. It’s good to have him there, and to know the sound will be good quality.’
£2 tickets are available at the Britannia and the Northern Lights Community Centre in Ramsey, Peter Norris Music in Douglas, through any of the acts or by contacting Ryan on isleofmanaid(at)manx.net or 404708.