Don’t miss the first ever ‘Garage Sessions’ tonight at Studio Two


An ambitious musical showcase, entitled ‘The Garage Sessions’ and featuring participants of Greater Shantallow Community Arts hugely successful ‘Messin’ With The Music’ workshops, will take place tonight, March 27, at 8pm.

Three young bands, all of whom came together through the ‘Messin’ With The Music’ workshops, will take to the stage at Studio Two in Skeoge Industrial Estate for the first ever Garage Sessions.

Ollie Green, Director of Greater Shantallow Community Arts ARC (Art Reaching Communities) programme said: “We are delighted to invite the public to come along and to show their support for some of our city’s brilliant new and emerging young musicians. It’s amazing to see what these young ones have come up with from scratch within a short period of time - some really exceptional work has been developed. I would really like to thank the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for their continuing support for this vital community arts project.”

This programme was targeted at young people aged 14-17 years-old with a love of music. The aim of ‘Messin’ with the Music’ is to empower young people by developing their confidence through practical music making, to understand the processes of this, and to contribute to their overall social, educational and personal development. Skills include composition, song writing, musical theory, performance, improvisation, aural awareness, musicianship, rhythm and music business. This encourages their personal development, building upon confidence, teamwork skills, independent learning, peer-to-peer learning and mutual understanding. Three very experienced musicians led the workshops. Denis McLaughlin, who is a Bachelor of Music has been involved in the industry for the past 15, Caolan McLaughlin, also a Bachelor of Music, who volunteers with creative music workshops such as ‘Wall2Wall’ Music and the City of Hope project. Tommy McAleer is a vastly experienced multi-instrumentalist who teaches locally.

If you have any queries or would like an application form to become part of these sessions, email: You can also check them out on Facebook by searching for: ‘Messinwith Themusic’. Tonight’s showcase will take place in Studio Two, Skeoge Industrial Estate, at 8pm. Bring your friends!