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Touring Pilot

Working with the Tolbooth (Stirling), Platform (Easterhouse) and The Bridge Centre (Haddington), the Youth Music Initiative has established a mini touring consortia to give young musicians the chance to go on a professionally organised tour. 

Independent Music Making - Touring Pilot

Late 2008 we piloted The Demo Fund, within an umbrella set of funds called "Independent Music Making" trying to support young people making music in an unsupervised capacity.  The demo fund pilot has been a huge success and is now an open fund helping young bands to work with professional recording studios to produce a demo.

3 4 All: Stephen Hume

This touring consortia has been established to pilot a scheme that offers access to high quality performing and touring experiences to emerging acts and bands.

Alongside 4 Scottish Tours, the young bands and musicians will benefit from workshops and training opportunities from professionals which will develop their skills and broaden their musical horizons. 

On Tour

The first tour took place early this month with a three-band line up for each show which provided the young musicians with a fantastic opportunity to experience touring life as both headline and support acts throughout the tour.

The Edelweiss Pirates headlined the first date at The Bridge in Haddington.   3 4 All headlined the next date at the Tolbooth, Stirling and The Banned headlined the final date of the tour at Platform, Glasgow.

3 4 All: Stephen Hume

Stephen Hume, Music Development Officer at the Tolbooth, spoke positively about the band's experience of touring life:

"The bands that took part in the tour last week got a lot out of it.  All three bands put the skills they had learned at the touring workshops into practice, which was an invaluable part of the project.  It was fantastic to see them rise to the challenge of gigging 3 nights in a row in venues they'd never played before.  The experiences of performing in front of a crowd who aren't just their friends, liaising with each venue's tech staff and organising the logistical aspects of touring will hopefully serve each band well in their future musical careers."

About the Bands

The Edelweiss Pirates

School friends The Edelweiss Pirates formed in 2007 and have always opted for performing on an ‘alternative’ touring circuit, playing venues and events close to their hearts.  Though still at the beginning of their careers, their path thus far has strongly reflected both their creative philosophy and the ideals that imbue their music and ambitions. In the wake of Edelweiss Pirate’s ‘Touring Pilot’ experience, 2009 will also see new recordings and festival appearances.  www.myspace.com/therealedelweisspirates

 3 4 All (pictured with Tam Coyle, resident of Easterhouse)

Charlie Joe Thomson (bass/lead vocals), Ryan Kerr (guitar/vocals) and Alan Lamb (drums/vocals) – are a new, up and coming three-piece from Stirling.  Since forming in 2008, from the ashes of previous creative projects, they have been captivating audiences with their energetic, interactive live sets. Since the original recordings (“Breakdown” and “Miracle Cure” were demo-ed in the Tolbooth in summer 2008), the band’s material has been fine-tuned and plans to return to the studio are in place for mid-2009.

The Banned
Formed in 2009, The Banned are Craig Whyteside (vocals), Lee-Anne Douglas (vocals) Shauna Boyd (drums) and Graeme Weatherall (bass). Friends for three years, they came together as part of M.I.M.A (Music Industry Made Accessible) a project run by Scottish singer-songwriter, Maeve O’Boyle, in Innerzone Youth Club in Glasgow. The Banned’s influences are drawn from the worlds of pop and rock - Kelly Clarkson, James Morrison and Paramore – and early material will be recorded at The Bridge in March 2009.

Lee-Ann from The Banned said “We’d always dreamt of being musicians, MIMA and The Touring Pilot have given us the tools and the experience to fulfil our dreams.” 

We will announce details of the next tour in the very near future.   

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