One group that passed through the Oh Yeah Music Centre was Cashier No. 9. The psychedelic pop band is guitarist Danny Todd’s second venture, formed in Belfast and the group has been ‘innovative and different as anything that’s come from the city’.
We recently took a look at what the Irish music scene sounds like. Irish artists are making their impact all over the world, and the industry is rapidly growing. Nurturing the up and coming talent is the ‘Oh Yeah’ music centre in Belfast. Located in the Cathedral Quarter of the city, the centre supports Irish talents by providing a performance space, recording studios and specific areas for artists to write music.
As a place to exhibit one of Ireland’s growing exports, Oh Yeah is a not-for-profit organisation conceived in 2005 when Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol fame met with influencers in the music industry. The foundation of the centre has been to ‘Open Doors To Music Potential’ and has released albums which showcase a selection of the talent it has encouraged. A tour was arranged following the release of the 2010 album ‘Oh Yeah Contenders’ - giving new artists a solid foundation to continuing making music.
One review, from Music Link said ‘the gig itself didn’t really feel like a bog-standard local gig, it definitely had an air of something different about it’.
The Oh Yeah Music Centre is not just an inspirational programme, but it gives young artists a space to channel their passions and communicate new ideas. In an industry that is all too often saturated with big budget music labels, the Oh Yeah programme works hard to dilute what’s on offer.
Here’s one of the bands that the Oh Yeah centre has worked with - The Wonder Villains - performing at BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend in 2010.
Clearly the Oh Yeah centre is doing a very good job at helping to export Irish culture throughout the world – a key characteristic of The Wild Geese, who integrated their passionate ideas into communities throughout the world.
Today marks the birth of the US and a celebration of freedom. Over a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, thirteen colonies of the British Empire joined together to declare themselves independent territories. This was recorded in The Declaration of Independence (1776), signed by representatives from these territories and became the foundation of the ‘American Dream’.
Celebrated across the US, The Fourth of July is an integral part of story of The Wild Geese. Since leaving Ireland in 1691, The Wild Geese touched every corner of the world.
Today is a monumental realisation of what The Wild Geese – throughout the centuries – fought for:
Through oppression and famine they created a beautiful dream – Freedom For Everyone
Independence Day is fast a approaching and we’re sure our friends across the US are preparing for the national holiday. Marking America’s independence from the Britain, the holiday is a reminder of the principles of freedom and liberty the country has been built on.
We want to help you celebrate with a classic American recipe and two of our summery cocktails – ‘Homebound’ and ‘The Long Goodbye’.
In New York City, Macy’s will be sponsoring 4th July Fireworks, which will be set off from six barges on the Hudson River, between 20th and 55th street. The theme of the event will be ‘The Gift of Freedom’, which will mark the 125th birthday of the Statue of Liberty. 40,000 fireworks are scheduled to be used, synchronised to a mix of American pop anthems and there will even be a performance from Glastonbury headliner Beyoncé!
On the West coast in LA, Americafest will include an evening of live entertainment, including a performance the DCI Phantom Regiment band and the Ives Brothers FMX motorcycle stunt. The event will culminate in the largest firework display in Southern California.
In Boston, there are 6 six days of festivities to get involved with. Harborfest will include ‘Extreme Sailing’ on Boston’s waterfront, a concert series and historical re-enactment.
The nation’s capital will be hosting the Independence Day Parade, which will include marching bands, floats, giant balloons and displays by military units.
Wherever you will be on July 4th, we hope you enjoy your Independence Day.