At Hope and Social, we have a couple of maxims that we try to live by. If you’re a musical artist, a band, a solo performer, if you’re in a duo… to be an artist you need to make and release music, and to perform that art in front of people. So we did that. And while doing that it’s important to “Have Fun, Make Art” (inspired by Glen Hansard’s Oscar Winning speech).
For all the young musicians involved, it was the first time they’d hosted their own show, and made a record… so here’s the record…
… and if you click on the below pic, you’ll be able to view a a slideshow of gorgeous shots by our Ed Waring of the day of the Skipton Rocks show.
It’s amazing to see, in the course of those photos, the band’s confidence growing throughout the set. Proper heart-warming. The band (under their agriculturally themed name “Bar Ram You”) were great, they really nailed it at the gig, and we’re all very thankful to Rowan Gould, Jack Brennan and Disctracted for coming along to make the show a huge success. A huge thanks goes to Clare in particular, and all at The Mart Theatre for having us make noise in their awesome space all week, and for all their support.
If there’s anything we all want to say to the young people of “Bar Ram You”, then have a look at that video of Glen again. Make Art. Be proud of what you’ve done, but don’t rest on your laurels. Keep playing with other musicians, find your voice, and work hard. Oh, and keep in touch.
On behalf of H&S, we want to say that making good music, with good people like those of the Skipton Rocks project improves our quality of life so much. It’s good for art, it’s good for culture, and it’s good for those touched by the energy of those musicians on stage, singing and playing their hearts out. So to Ben, Lewis, Jamie, Patrick, Alex and Laura… Thank YOU!
Here’s some of the wonderful things (anonymised) that the Skipton Rocks peeps said (over on their private Facebook Group page) about the experience:
“fair love all you people!! great experience, best week ever, really got me of my @r$£ during the holidays, soundest people I’ve ever met, so patient, positive, loved every second really given me a boost back into practicing with others, really helped, we all played a sick gig”
“Thank you so much guys! Easily one of the best weeks of my life, I really hope it happens again next year because this year was amazing! I know so much more, and playing tonight was really satisfying. Thanks for letting us use your amazing studio, and teaching me tons. I’ve definitely found what I’m doing for a living x Peace.”
“Thank all you guys soo much ! Its been such a great oportunity for us all as musicians ! I hope we can do something like this again in the futre cos tonight has been bloody amazing !! I’ll definitely keep in touch and once again thank all of you for the opportunity to do all this ! Its been great !”
“One of the best nights of my life! Thankyou guys soo much for everything, i hope we can try stay in touch.”
If you’ve enjoyed following this project and, like Hope and Social. believe in the power of art to do good, please do keep in touch, and here’s hoping we get to do something amazing like this again in the not too distant future. You can find Hope and Social on our website, on twitter, on Facebook… and at all sorts of shows.
Well done everyone… Keep fighting the good fight… and Death To False Metal!