Scarborough musicians come together to produce album depicting life in lockdown

A Scarborough volunteer group has received funding to help support and give a platform to local bands and musicians through the coronavirus pandemic
Evillounge live at Koda in January.Evillounge live at Koda in January.
Evillounge live at Koda in January.

Sound of Scarborough is a voluntary group which aims to promote and encourage the development of the Scarborough music scene.

During the pandemic last year they promoted 16 free live streams by local musicians and bands such as The FEENS, Light Bulb and Bridget Cousins, these gigs were all streamed through their facebook and youtube channels.

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The group also received funding from North Yorkshire County Council which allowed them to develop a website and pay for gig performances, promotional videos and merchandise. They were able to commission new songs by 15 acts such as Jesse Caine, Raven, Penny Whispers and Without Reason and in November released a download album with songs written by local musicians

The Chalets live at Vibe Bar in February.The Chalets live at Vibe Bar in February.
The Chalets live at Vibe Bar in February.

David Yates, one of the main volunteers for Sound of Scarborough, said: "In November we co-produced a download album of brand new songs written and recorded by local musicians.

"The songs depict their experiences of living through the Covid pandemic.

"The album ’Survive’ was part of a larger project, supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, to help musicians through these dark times, by encouraging the creation of music and giving opportunities for musicians to work together and support each other."

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In 2020 the group worked with more than 50 musicians to an audience of over 2000. They aim to continue to promote and support bands through the pandemic by continuing to livestream gigs and they have big plans for the future.

Bridget Cousins playing Celtic Harp live at Vibe Bar in February.Bridget Cousins playing Celtic Harp live at Vibe Bar in February.
Bridget Cousins playing Celtic Harp live at Vibe Bar in February.

David said: "Looking forward to 2022 and beyond we aim to have a permanent base to work and teach from, host gigs, rehearsals and recordings. We hope this could be the start of a larger creative project to cross over into other art forms."

To listen to the album click HERETo watch any of the perfomances you can do so on their facebook page HERE