Derry youngsters to shine at Club MTV concert

Wee DM (Donna-Marie Duddy).
Wee DM (Donna-Marie Duddy).

Young local talent from Derry will have the opportunity of a lifetime tomorrow when they’ll perform at Club MTV in Ebrington Square.

Wee DM (Donna-Marie Duddy) and The Plantin, a six-piece rock and pop band, have secured the coveted slot through the Community Foundation’s Acorn Fund Inspire Bursaries Programme and Derry City and Strabane District Council’s City of Culture Legacy Plan. The Inspire Bursaries scheme, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation UK, supports young people with disabilities allowing them to pursue training in their chosen arts.

The musicians will perform in the VIP section of the major outdoor event before headliners NERVO, Galantis, Philip George, and David Zowie take to the main stage.

As an electric wheelchair user with Cerebral Palsy, Donna-Marie has found it difficult in the past to access the support needed to enable her to pursue her goals. Through the Acorn Fund, Donna-Marie realised her dreams of becoming a recording star when she produced her debut EP Off My Cuff on a limited edition 12” vinyl late last year. Tomorrow, she will perform a selection of her songs from the acclaimed EP.

The Plantin, originally formed at Foyle View School, are made up of members both with and without learning difficulties. Through their music they challenge the stereotypes of people with learning disabilities.