Garrison set to be a Starr tutor at Rock Academy

American singer-songwriter Garrison Star, tutor at Rock Academy

American singer-songwriter Garrison Star, tutor at Rock Academy

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AMERICAN singer-songwriter Garrison Starr will be among the tutors at the Rock Academy next month.

The Grammy-nominated artist will be giving tips of the trade to budding young musicians who sign up for the summer school.

During an 18-year career, rock and folk rock artist Starr, from Tennessee, has made eight albums and two EPs and has toured with Melissa Etheridge, Steve Earle and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Her collaborative project Cho-dependent, with Margaret Cho, earned her a Grammy nomination last year.

Rock Academy, being held at St Ninian’s Lower School between August 1 and 5, will build on the success of the inaugural event, which was held last summer.

Organiser Claire Creer said: ‘Since then, Rock Academy has gone from strength to strength, becoming a registered charity and holding weekend workshops.

‘This year’s summer school promises to be even better than last year and one of the most exciting pieces of news is that Garrison Starr is going to be one of the tutors.’

There are 40 places for 13- to 20-year-olds and places cost £125.

Participants will receive instrument/voice tuition and attend workshops covering aspects of the music business – songwriting, soundchecking, improvisation etc – and will have time to rehearse as a band.

The week will culminate in a gig on the final night, to which family and friends will be invited.

Claire said: ‘We are pleased to welcome back tutors from last year, including Lewis Turner (guitar), Kim Roberts and Jay Norton (vocals), Shane Kerwin (drums) and Matt Creer (songwriting and performance).

‘We are also welcoming back modern folk artist Chris TT. Steve Gisbey will be joining the team to tutor bass.’

Claire, who is head of music at St Ninian’s, said: ‘It’s a great opportunity for the young people of the Isle of Man to have musicians of this calibre coming to our island.’

Applications can be made via the Rock Academy website or through Claire at

Lottie Ray

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