Tell us about the Garage gig.
This happened on the 21st February. We got a lot of interest in it both from the pupils and from the industry. The pupils helped with the arrangements for the gig. They sold tickets. They reviewed the bands for future programmes that they will develop. They photographed the bands. The bands playing that night were Crash My Model Car, the Scuffers and Liam Cairns. Crash My Model Car are signed to MyDad Records, the Scuffers are an excellent unsigned Glasgow based band and Liam Cairns is, as previously mentioned, a young talented singer songwriter. We had major record companies like Sony sending up A&R people to check out the bands. Fortunately, we were also able to get a bit of sponsorship as well. John Ramsay of EFX Audio
Ltd volunteered to engineer the sound. Mitel, who do the IT for Glasgow Schools, also kindly sponsored the event. It was a good night and I think that the pupils involved really enjoyed themselves. We even had students from James Watt College in Greenock along for the ride.
What have you enjoyed about the project so far?
It has been great working with the pupils. The commitment that has been shown by them has been outstanding. Recently, I have been able to use my connections in the business community here and in the USA to bring together pupils at Lourdes Secondary with a school in New York. I have to admit that I like the challenge too. Something like this is a step change to the educational side of things. Whilst the pupils do gain proper qualifications, they also learn vocational skills that should hopefully stand them in good stead should they decide to go on to college and then make a career in the industry.
So what is in it for the independent musician or band?
Part of what the Mothership is about is bringing education closer to both business and the community in general. Musicians form part of our community and I would say that unsigned bands and musicians could be a major contributor to the success of this project. There is an old saying - "Get them young and they are yours forever". This project supplies a means for these independent musicians to get exposure to a wider audience. The pupils get exposed to some excellent music. Everybody wins.
Bluesbunny would like to thank Lori Ramsay for taking the time to be interviewed and wish her every success with this admirable project.
Interview by Handsome BluesBunny