Mi­dle­ton ready to rock again

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Christy Parker

As­pir­ing mu­si­cians will join more es­tab­lished Cork coun­ter­parts in Mi­dle­ton next Satur­day when the town hosts its sec­ond an­nual Mu­sic Fest.

The rock­ing ex­trav­a­ganza is a fundraiser for the East Cork Mu­sic Pro­ject (ECMP) which, in turn, is man­aged by Cloyne Dio­ce­ses Youth Ser­vices. The pro­ject, which was founded in 2011, seeks to pro­mote mu­sic, ed­u­ca­tion and arts amongst peo­ple aged 16 25 who may — as artists of­ten do! — have found the tra­di­tional ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem un­suit­able.

In do­ing so the pro­ject helps par­tic­i­pants to­wards full-time train­ing and em­ploy­ment by sup­port­ing their artis­tic skills, pos­i­tive men­tal health and plac­ing em­pha­sise on in­di­vid­ual learning styles.

The fest is or­gan­ised at ground level by Eoghan Hen­nessy, bass gui­tarist with east Cork rock band Au­gust Walk, along with the band’s drum­mer Jamie Stan­ton of Cobh and Mi­dle­ton’s Ban­ner’ Bar pro­pri­etor Josh Spillane.

The event is held in Ban­ner’s Bar, al­ter­na­tively known as An Teach Beag.

Over 30 bands, span­ning var­i­ous lev­els of de­vel­op­ment, will fol­low last year’s for­mat, play­ing con­tin­u­ous per­for­mances on two stages in the bar from noon on­wards. Sev­eral well-known Cork mu­si­cians will par­tic­i­pate in a line-up that in­cludes Au­gust Walk, Kaara, Hell for Leather, Mike Carey, the Moon Dogs, Gaelic Brew, Bad Rep­u­ta­tion and the Two Dans.

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