ELjam is hugely excited to be staging a youth bands showcase at Dunbar Music Festival on Sat 23rd September. Featuring six bands from East Lothian high schools, this promises to be a fantastic day of music and a superb display of talent. We are also delighted to have Nicky Dannaher from East Coast FM joining us as our compere for the day.
The line up is:
11:00-11:25 Cardiac Arrest (Dunbar Grammar)
11:35-12:00 Queen Spirit (North Berwick High School)
12:10-12:35 The Watts (Dunbar Grammar)
12:45-13:10 Gaslight (Knox Academy)
13:20-13:45 Kings of Lugton (Prestonlodge High School)
13:55-14:20 Room 27 (Dunbar Grammar)
Entry is free and there will be a soft drinks and snacks bar available.
Part of ELjam’s business plan is to gather information on what’s on currently and what is missing from the youth music scene. Please help us by letting us know what you’re involved with (either as a young person or a supporter / tutor) and also what you’d hope to see happening in future.
To tell us your thoughts and ideas, you can email eljam or you can add comments to this post. Supporters of youth music are encouraged to respond as well as young musicians (Under 25s). We would love to hear about:
What is currently running in your area (include organisation name)
Where this activity takes place and which ages it is for.
What you would love to see happening that isn’t already in your area
What ELjam can do to support you as a young musician or as a supporter of young musicians.
This year, ELjam and East Lothian Council Arts Service will partner with Fringe by the Sea to showcase some of the region’s best young talent.
As well as FBTS’s own superb line up, ELjam is inviting youth bands (under 25s) to apply for one of eight 40min slots on the Lighthouse Stage.
If you’d like to be considered, please complete the form below and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org 26 May 2023. Acts will be selected jointly with the FBTS team and scheduled to compliment the rest of their varied programme.
Reasonable travelling expenses will be covered (receipts/mileage required)and a food allowance will be provided.
If you are interested in running a creative arts workshop at Fringe by the Sea festival in 2023 (on in North Berwick from 4th – 13th August) please complete the form below and return byApril 14th 2023 to email@example.com. The venue for workshops is a stretch tent with space for up to 40 participants and workshops should ideally be 45 mins to 2 hours in duration.
Fringe by the Sea, in partnership with East Lothian Council Arts Service, is inviting notes of interest from East Lothian-based visual artists and craft makers to create a textile-based art installation for presentation at this year’s festival in North Berwick from 4th – 13th August.
For more information and to submit a note of interest, please download the full brief. Deadline 26 April 2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org
The festival is looking for a “crack team of positive-minded, energetic people to help us deliver a friendly, fun and safe event”. General crew vacancies are available 3-14 August and lead roles 2-14 August.
ELjam is delighted to be working with Haddstock this year to host a Battle of the Bands competition.
Bands from all six East Lothian high schools will take part. We are delighted to announce the following line up:
We have four fabulous judges and a wonderful compere who are generously donating their time to the event. They are all professionals working in the music industry and are extremely well placed to offer valuable feedback and advice.
Bruce Craigie is co-owner of A Modern Way Management Company & Record Label who have Idlewild, Fatherson, Zoe Graham, Rudi Zygadlo, Tom Joshua on their rosta. He is also involved in Aimless Play, a Digital Marketing & Services company, and has extensive experience of working in record companies & music publishing companies. Bruce also lectures part time in Music Business at Edinburgh College.
Harley Loudon is a songwriter, musician, jazz singer, therapist and storyteller with various albums out on apple / Spotify as a solo artist and band member. She has worked in the music industry supporting emerging artists.
Andy Pennycuick is lead vocalist and harmonica player for 10 piece ska band BOMBSKARE, and guitarist/backing vocalist for “The Pennycuick Girls”.
Inge Thomson is a performer, producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Her main instrument is the piano keyed accordion but she finds herself increasingly drawn to the creation and recording of new sounds and the possibilities and parameters of sound manipulation. Much of Inge’s work is inspired by our environment and her place in it.
We are delighted to have Murray Briggs from Edinburgh band Aberfeldy leading us through the festivities on the day.
We have a sensational list of prizes up for grabs. Details to follow very soon. However, we can reveal that everyone will receive a prize and, as a bonus, two of our bands will be selected to perform on the Lighthouse Stage at Fringe by the Sea in August! Thank you to our partners at FbtS for this great opportunity!
Writing, Recording, Mixing & Mastering masterclass with EthicArts
Live Music & Stage Presence Masterclass with EthicArts
One year’s web hosting with free sub domain plus website development, also with with EthicArts
In addition EthicArts has offered all bands one year’s web hosting with a free subdomain at https://ethicarts.com, a band email, a WordPress page for their portfolio, biography, blog, etc. and e-commerce through their profiles at EthicArts.com | Creative Marketplace (where they can register for free and enjoy a 50% transaction fee reduction for life). WHAT A PRIZE!
Prize Giving & Evening Entertainment
The results will be announced and prizes allocated between 4.30pm and 5pm. After that, we have performances from The Knox Music Project which will include a video and a song written especially for the occasion. There will be a live performance from YMI’s Build a Band and the Knox Samba Group. The event will finish with a performance from the young members of The Brunton Performing Arts Network drama groups.
East Lothian Council Arts Service will be offering a wide range of arts activities to try for free, you just need to book in. Details are being finalised but you can keep your eye on this page to get the full line up and to reserve your place.
East Lothian Council Arts Service and Brunton Theatre Trust delivers inclusive, accessible and professional arts activities to all East Lothian residents in the form of school holiday programmes, weekly workshops and community arts projects. We are looking to increase and update our database of freelance arts practitioners who can deliver workshops in music, drama, dance and a variety of visual arts and crafts disciplines and have experience of arts engagement. We welcome general applications and also workshop proposals.
Qualifications and Experience:
Degree Qualification in a relevant subject or minimum 3 years demonstrable relevant experience.
Experience of engaging individuals and communities in arts activities
An understanding of the value of arts engagement for individuals and communities
Current PVG scheme member. Will be required to join ELC PVG scheme
Must have own Public Liability Insurance, Unique Tax ref number and be registered as a sole trader
NYCOS are delighted to be delivering a FREE Singing and Signing (BSL) training event in Glasgow on Saturday 4th March at Maryhill Burgh Halls. This event marks the launch of the Erasmus+ Presto website which is full of free resources for choral leaders and classroom teachers.
Renowned song writer, director and workshop leader for ommunity choirs, Ali Burns, is delighted to be back in East Linton Community Hall again for this month’s The Gatherings. You can look forward to a morning of easy harmony singing, great company, coffee and cake.
Anyone is welcome – just turn up to sing at 10am and join in. You can buy tickets (at various prices depending what you can afford) here: https://aliburns.co.uk/events/