Women in Music
August 1 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
This free event is a chance to hear some great live performers and to learn about making a career in the music business. Four talented performers at different stages of their musical journey will play and talk about their careers. Find out more about working front- and back-stage, the opportunities and the pitfalls, with plenty of music going on till late.
2 pm Tasha Blackmore: the start of the journey. Tasha is a Pop/Country Singer & Songwriter born in Eyemouth and living in Northumberland; she has a heart full of Nashville, inspiring her story-telling song-writing style, coupled with a passion for pop music, producing her own unique sound. Tasha will perform three of her songs and talk about her hopes and aspirations on her journey as a singer/songwriter. “I write music that is inspired by personal experiences and feelings. I try to translate them into honest lyrics that resonate with listeners: songs that they can relate to and apply to their own lives.” You can listen to Tasha here.
2.15 pm Sam Lord: a seasoned performer looks back on her career and those she has mentored. A composer and arranger for several groups in the Borders, Sam is an established performer in many different ensembles – Baders and Borders Big Bands, Earl Grey Saxes, Ocks Ceilidh, Berwick Festival Opera and the Scottish Romance Orchestra, to name a few. Sam has performed on lots of different stages and has played with musicians as diverse as Sandra Kerr, Michael Copley, Don Lusher, Kenny Baker and Stephen Hough. As Head of Music for 13 years, Sam has nurtured many a young talent, as well as developing educational programmes and working with Sage Gateshead, Folkworks and The Maltings, overseeing productions like Great Song of the North, Metal Baroque and Rocket Opera. You can listen to Sam playing clarinet and saxophone with the Borders Big Band here.
3.15 pm Jenny Gilberg: music as a business. Jenny is an award-winning steel pan player and has performed in many prestigious national and international events, festivals and competitions, both as a soloist and also with various bands. She has competed in numerous panorama championship competitions with top British and Trinidadian steel orchestras: Ebony Steel Band, BP Renegades Steel Orchestra and Courts Sound Specialists, playing under world class arrangers Duvone Stewart and Ken Professor Philmore. In 2008 she became the UK solo champion winning the BAS Pan Explosion competition with her rendition of Scott Joplin’s ‘Maple Leaf Rag’. She then enjoyed competing in UK Pan Clash competition (improvisation) runner up in 2011 and winner in 2013. Jenny is also a winner of a Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Small Business section. You can listen to Jenny here.
4.15 pm Break
4.30 pm Miss Mixtape: brand identity. Starting off as a DJ to pay their way whilst studying Sound Production at college. Miss Mixtape fell in love with Hip Hop, R&B, Funk and Soul. When they found that they were working in a male dominated industry, they decided to set up their own events company, and also expand into a creative collective and safe space for women and non-binary people who love and/or create music of those genres. From there, the No Scrubs brand was born. No Scrubs Club is primarly a club night, usually at La Belle Angele in Edinburgh’s Cowgate, but also at Mash House, 99 Hanover St, Sky Scanner, Audio Soup festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, Big Fish Little Fish and many more. They have also hosted events outwith the No Scrubs brand, e.g. an International Womxn’s Day Rave at the Caves in Edinburgh, with all money going to the Rape Crisis Centre in Edinburgh. Since then, the No Scrubs Club has become a monthly radio show on EH-FM, and you can listen to it here. Their next venture is a record store, Orange Moon Records and Coffee, which will to trade online later this month.
5.30 pm Break, followed by more music…..
This is a FREE event, organised in conjunction with the Radio Rooms, and made possible by the generous support of The Joicey Trust and another Northumberland charitable foundation.
Although the event is free, you must register. There are two kinds of tickets:
Live, in-person: we have a limited number of seats available. If you book a seat and can’t attend, please let us know so we can re-allocate your seat. Under-18’s should be accompanied by an adult.
Watch our live stream: if you can’t join the fun in person, the event will be streamed live, and you will be sent the link after you register.