This week sees the release of a new compilation showcasing the best new music from Northern Ireland. The album also serves as a fundrasier for the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast, a thoroughly deserving project of your spare change.
The CD – Carling Supports: The Oh Yeah Sessions contains 8 songs recorded at the Oh Yeah studios from artists like Cashier no.9 , The Jane Bradfords, Kowalski, The Panama Kings, LaFaro, And So I Watch You From Afar, Mojo Fury, and General Fiasco. There are bonus tracks from Kerrang! favourites In Case Of Fire, plus a brand new track from David Holmes entitled ‘McCready Rides Again’.
The Oh Yeah scheme has been driven in Belfast by three main figures. Stuart Bailie is the former Assistant Editor of NME, who has been presenting radio programmes for the BBC since 1999. Martin Neill is a multi-media professional and head of the web design business, No More Art. David Matchett has been involved in business and banking for the past ten years and shares the team’s passion for music. A series of musicians and industry figures are supporting the project including Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol, Tim Wheeler from Ash and Radio One’s Colin Murray.
The venue is a former bonded whiskey warehouse in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, Belfast’s booming cultural district. It measures 14,500 square feet over three floors and will soon be home to rehearsal rooms, performance space, a cafÃ© and office units to incubate new music businesses.
Listen to tracks here.