The Oh Yeah Music Centre is delighted to announce the release of this year’s showcase EP from its annual talent development programme Scratch My Progress.
The five fresh new acts which Oh Yeah took on board in September 2020 under the restrictions of the pandemic, have each written, recorded and released very different tracks in a year that has been like no other for the project or the artists.
The acts on the programme include Riley Holland, Gilmore, Gender Chores, Vivamagnolia and Lemonade Shoelace and since March 2020 none of them have had an opportunity to play live or trial their sound in front of a live audience.
Access to safe practice has been difficult too, but earlier this year they rose to the challenge and recorded a live performance under the guidance of Oh Yeah. In light of there being no opportunity for the usual live showcase these performances were pre-recorded and can instead be viewed on the Oh Yeah YouTube Channel.
Talent Development Manager Charlene Hegarty who has guided the participants through the last 7 months said: “2020 delivered the toughest conditions in living memory for the creative arts. I am so proud of the 5 acts featured on this release – they rose to the challenge, remained committed throughout and have delivered the most accomplished and diverse range of new sounds. Dive in, surround yourself in the music, support these young local artists and the arts. This is just the start”
Scratch My Progress is a mentoring, showcase and practical support programme for new music. The dedicated talent development programme, now in its 9th year, is supported by the PRS Foundation, Help Musicians and YouTube Music. Oh Yeah also gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.
Please support these new acts and listen to, download and buy the tracks from HERE