The Powys Youth Music Project has been running for over 10 years and enables young people from across North Powys to access musical equipment and professional musicians to create their own songs. We run four sessions or equivalent in each Statutory Youth Centre in North Powys. It involves both young people who have never played an instrument before and those who already play and are looking to develop their skills. The project allows the group to learn together and share their skills to create a song which they usually go on to either record or perform live in a variety of settings.
This year we supported a number of young people who already play or are beginners, including a group from Llanfair and Abermule who took part in four sessions. A young band called Intrigue from Llanfyllin who won the chance to take part in the workshops after performing at Mickstock (Llanfyllin High School Battle of the Bands competition). They worked with Tony Skeggs and Charlie Skeggs to develop their song writing skills and recorded 2 songs. Llanidloes were supported by Tommy Mills and Laurance Sharp and they put together a fantastic song which was also recorded by Will Barnes. Welshpool band, Operation Minton, were involved as part of the Powys Youth Service holiday scheme, Powys Xtreme, and they worked with Tommy Mills and Laurance Sharp on their own written 5 songs which were then professionally recorded by Tony Skeggs so they could have their own EP. Most of these songs can be heard on our Soundcloud profile.