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Laura Scott: Tutor at Reeltime Music

REELTIME Music is a charity based in Newarthill, Motherwell, which helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds learn new skills in music and the media.

Reeltime began in 1997, and provides workshops for many different groups within the local community and beyond. Although based in the local community centre which hosts their recording studio, they also travel further afield, providing opportunities for young people who may not otherwise receive them.

Laura Scott, who works at Reeltime, spoke about how she got involved with the charity, and the impact it has on young people.

 

 

 

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Reeltime Music, in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council 16+ Bellshill Learning Hub, have made a community music video to raise money and awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK.

The music video features a cover of the hit Monkees song ‘I’m a Believer’ and has participants from various community groups and schools.

The young people are hoping to raise at least £200 and make the video go viral on social networking sites and YouTube by getting more than a million views. The group just launched their video today, and you can watch it right here:

 

 

You can also support their Make a Wish music video by donating at the Bellshill 16 Plus Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/16PB

All money raised from the project will go to Make-A-Wish Foundation UK.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK is a charity which grants magical wishes to children and young people aged 3-17 fighting life-threatening conditions.

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We spoke to Tiffany Beamer, lead singer of all-female American rock band, Rebel Queens.


How did Rebel Queens form?

I have always wanted to be in a band, but wasn’t confident enough. I thought if you were a female singer, you had to sing pretty. I had always liked Joan Jett and had started getting into The Runaways. I was totally inspired by the music and performing style and the vintage-glam fashion that came along with it. I decided I was going to start an all-female rock band and perform some of the Joan Jett and The Runaways music so I put and ad online in November 2010. It was tough finding local women rockers, but I got a couple of responses right away. I did not find the full band until March 2011. It was the first band for all of us so we were eager to get playing. We had our first practice in March, our first performance in April, and have been going ever since.

What city/state are you based in, and what’s the music scene like there?

We are based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis has a big melting pot of different styles of music. There is hip hop, hardcore, indie, rock, punk, rockabilly and everything in between, and plenty of live music venues to support it. There are also several all-female bands from this city that we have come to know. One of the classics being Babes in Toyland, formed in the late 80s.

What’s it like being in an all-girl rock band?

Mostly fun and empowering, with a ton of hard work involved. There is a lot of criticism from both music industry people and the crowds we play for, There’s always extra pressure being female, you have to work extra hard to prove yourself. I really enjoy playing with all women. There’s just something special about it.

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What’s been the best gig you’ve played so far?

One cool gig that stands out in my mind is a Women Who Rock charity event at Guitar Center we played last year. The charity is She Rock She Rock who works to empower young girls and women through music. We had our first performance at their open jam and they will always be close to our hearts. There were some awesome local female bands who played along with us: Mayda, Sick of Sarah, Angry Bukowski. They had speakers between bands and gave out some great swag bags.

You guys are influenced by The Runaways, do any of you have similar personality traits/styles to members of the band?

For myself, I’d say my singing/performing style and personal style is a mix of Cherie Currie and Joan Jett, but my personality is more like Joan. She was the one who felt the band was her baby and stuck it out despite the hardships and changes in line-up. She is creative, driven and hard working. Our drummer is pretty similar to Sandy West, as she is sweet and easy-going, but fiercely talented. She also has a great voice. Everyone that’s been in the band has been very different from the other, which I think is good and keeps it interesting.

Would you say it’s harder for rock ‘n’ roll bands nowadays to break through the mold?

I think these days a lot of musicians want to conform to playing the type of music that is popular and are afraid to go out of that box. Especially for cover/bar bands. They are all playing the same songs as everyone else. We have had pressure to conform, but stuck to our guns and have no desire to change our style. That is something I am most proud of with this band. We also tend to shock people who see us loading in our gear and expect us to play current hits or music by only female musicians. We have a pretty balanced set list of both male and female artists, but it’s all rock ‘n’ roll!

What’s planned for Rebel Queens in the next few months?

We took some time off to train in new guitarists who are ready to hit the ground running at our upcoming summer shows. Expect new songs and a fresh dynamic with our new players, along with some original music. We hope to keep growing our audience and growing musically and see where it takes us.

Do you have any advice for people who want to start their own band?

Educate yourself on all aspects of the music business. Marketing, branding, booking, management, book keeping, social networking – just a few examples of things you need to know when running a band. Also, checking your personal feelings at the door is an important thing to remember in a band situation. Remember that everyone is thinking about the best interest of the band. If your playing is off and someone points it out, it’s not a personal attack, it’s to help make everyone sound the best they can. That is a hard thing to remember but it definitely comes in handy.

When’s your next gig?

Our next gig is 14 June at ‘Freedom Rider’s Rally’ which is a motorcycle rally in Mountain Lake, MN. We have a substitute bass player for that gig as our new bass player had another commitment when she joined the band. The first gig with our full line-up is 27 June at Palmer’s in Minneapolis, MN. Palmer’s was actually just on Esquire’s list of ‘Best Bars in America’ and we will be playing there monthly starting in June.

Are there any plans to come to the UK?

I would love to do a UK tour if someone would get one set up for us! I like to travel, but have never been out of the USA; #RQtoUK

 

 

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ON Friday evening, Motherwell Miner’s club hosted a very special event. Four acts took to the stage in order to raise money for Yorkhill Children’s Charity.

The event also saw the release of single Smile by Elvira Stitt; specially written and recorded for Yorkhill.

Murdo Mitchell

Murdo Mitchell

 

Murdo Mitchell opened the show with a great cover of Hurt – Nine Inch Nails, but more in the style of Johnny Cash’s excellent version. Asking the crowd what they wanted to hear (greeted with the response “More Johnny Cash”) Murdo powered through an array of well chosen songs to get the audience going. Bringing his friend up on stage was one of the highlights, as the duo’s vocals worked really well together. He finished his set with a mash up of many tunes combined to make one song, featuring artists such as Beyoncé, Journey, James Blunt, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber to name but a few. I also think I heard Aqua’s Barbie Girl in there somewhere, but don’t quote me on that. A fantastic start to a fantastic night.

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Amy Watters

Amy Watters

 

Amy Watters was next to step up to the microphone. After a few technical hiccups with her guitar, she was soon back on track. Her lovely voice really suited the songs she had chosen. It was a very personal set, with Amy playing a song from her favourite band, Daughter, and her favourite song, which was a surprising rendition of Part of that World from The Little Mermaid. Great musician with a lot of talent.

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Matthew and Rab

Matthew and Rab

Next up was Matthew MacConnell and Rab Crosbie from local band Static Rock. An incredibly talented pair, who performed a brilliant set. Matthew, equipped with a 12 string acoustic and Rab, made a great duo; both incredibly skilled on guitar, not to mention the wonderful vocal harmonies. Both musicians totally complimented each other and had a very unique sound. Near the end, both Rab and Matthew tackled a song solo, and was equally as great. Probably one of the best acoustic acts I’ve seen. yorkhill 7

 

 

 

 

 

Elvira Stitt

Elvira Stitt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally,  it was the turn of Elvira Stitt. The music video to go along with her single Smile was shown before she started, then Elvira took to the stage. It was the only point of the evening where the audience fell really silent; Elvira is a singer who demands your attention. All eyes on her, she began playing. Despite her mentioning that she had a sore throat, her voice sounded fantastic. Her music and retro style transports you to another era, making you feel like you’re sitting in some glamorous Hollywood bar in the 50s. Her performance totally drew me in; with emotive lyrics and stand out vocals. Elvira’s set featured an Elvis Presley number, Headstrong (Under the Weather) from her EP, and a live version of Smile. It was a brilliant finale, and even saw some audience members heading up to the dance floor, adding to that time-travelling sense you get watching Elvira Stitt.

The event and single raised a staggering £1230 for Yorkhill Charity. The organiser, host of the gig, and mastermind behind all fundraising was the incredible Kirsten McFadden, please show your support for her Facebook page here.

You can check out Elvira Stitt’s single Smile by clicking here.