Draíocht is Music Generation Galway City's programme which promotes youth voices through a series of stunning music videos.
Beautifully filmed in the newly developed GCC Music Centre in Galway Community College, the series features young songwriters, musicians and bands from across Galway City performing their own songs and contributing their voices to a new sustainable vision for original music in Galway.
Draíocht: Youth Voices is supported and delivered by Music Generation Galway City with support locally from Creative Ireland's Galway Local Creative Youth Partnership with the GRETB.
Check out the artists below...
Puck are a 3-piece punk band based in Galway city who have been performing live since March 2022. Inspired by bands in the Galway music scene as well as an eclectic mix of acts such as Alice In Chains, Crass, Stiff Little Fingers, Bob Dylan, The Doors and Days N'Daze, Puck have fast become one of the most exciting bands to watch in Galway.
"Our mentality and message lie in the ideals of the punk movement, however our musical style tends to crossover various genres, one of our goals being to write as much material in different styles as we can while keeping a heavy distorted sound. The content of our original material is always to question our world’s realities and to speak up against immorality in society."
Telebox are a Galway four-piece who have become well known for their vibrant sound and energetic live performances, with numerous single releases and high-profile gigs under their belt. Highlights include performing for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their Royal Visit to Galway, playing at the Fire Festival opening ceremony for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, multiple headline slots at Music Generation Galway City's songwriting and live performance project Livefeed and organising their own sold-out youth gigs in the Roisin Dubh.
"Livefeed was our kickstart - you get to work in a professional space with professionals and get treated like musicians, which is definitely a novelty at our age!"
Grace McQuaid is a 17-year-old singer/ songwriter from Galway city who first picked up a guitar in early 2020. Heavily influenced by Phoebe Bridgers and Lizzy McAlpine, Grace wrote her first song in December 2021 and hasn't looked back. She has since become a prolific and confident artist with help from Music Generation’s Livefeed project for songwriting and live performance.
"I’ve gained so much confidence in the time I’ve begun playing with Livefeed and have made so many new friends through the project! I’m very excited to see where music takes me in the future!"
Emmanuel Samuel is a rapper from Galway who has been making music for about a year. Influenced by NLE Choppa, Ron Suno and Pop Smoke this talented young artist is continuing to develop his skills and experience through the FLO/BEATS rap, hip-hop and music production project with Music Generation.
"I want to get my own equipment so I can start learning how to produce music myself so that's one of the other reasons I went to Music Generation as well. I love rap of course and I really hope I can go far with it."
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Music Generation Galway City is a performance music education service for children and young people in Galway City that provides opportunities for children and young people to access a range of high quality, subsidised vocal and instrumental tuition in their local area.
It is managed and supported locally by The GRETB, Galway City Council, Galway City Partnership, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, CYPSC, Aras na nGael and Involve. Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships (LMEPs).
Music Generation is Ireland's National Music Education Programme that gives children and young people access to high-quality, subsidised performance music education. Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Local Music Education Partnerships (LMEPs) in which Education and Training Board and Local Authorities play a lead role.