delivered in partnership across Cumbria with Soundwave and Brewery Arts May 2103 – Dec 2014
For more information about the whole project go HERE.
See below for what BlueJam achieved as part of the project, as an organisation, who our young participants were, their successes and dreams, and who our leaders were, and what they have learned.
The BlueJam team of Jilly Jarman, Tom Leah and Geoff Bartholomew has really enjoyed working with Clare Eccles from the Brewery, Sarah Wallcook and Dave Roberts from Soundwave and look forward to developing further partnerships in the future.
“Part of our strategy is to be clear about our own core musical starting point (Sarah and Clare, Western Classical, myself, jazz) and to offer access to specialist tuition in that genre, while also showing that we are equally happy working towards musical results that other genres demand. For example, in the BlueJam Young Songwriters’ Group this gives young people the opportunity not to have to conform to a perceived “cool” style but experiment with different sounds and rhythms in an open way. One of our young classical singers was feeling ignored at school and even in music club not finding friends to play with. At the last YS session in January I mixed up all the groups and her group wrote a song – she sang, in a classical style, a beautiful melody over folk guitar (finger-picking), with tiny percussion sounds and really quiet fuzz guitar licks from a rock drummer/guitar duo who normally play as loud as they can. The whole group thought it was magical – even the rockers.
Working with the team in this way has really transformed the way we work and given us confidence in our methods”