NATIONWIDE distribution of a fund-raising album is the next step for a group of local musicians in their bid to help finance the YM’s music group.
DOSS: Music from Montrose was released in May and sales have so far raised more than £1,000 with more being added to the total all the time.
The CD, which is still on sale, was the idea of Stuart Thomson and Nicky Pirie who brought together the 16 performers featured, all YM music group veterans who wished to thank the YM for the support and encouragement both it and youth worker Mo Dickson have given young artists over the years.
The group has run since 2001 and has grown in popularity, catering for beginners as well as more advanced members.
But Stuart, who along with Nicky delivered the first cheque to the YM last week, said there are further ambitions for the CD, which will help the youngsters to buy new equipment.
He said: “A re-release around the holiday season, in which we plan to get the CD out in music shops nationwide and have a greater online presence, is in the works.
“We are going to have a field day making up a shopping list. As well as the bare-essentials such as guitar stings, cables and drum sticks, more substantial hardware, such as guitar amplifiers and effects pedals, has been considered as well as some upgrades to the recording studio facilities. This will let the kids get their hard work onto future CDs, and gain extremely valuable experience in recording their music.”
Stuart added that the YM staff’s support of the local music community has been invaluable.
He said: “Their continued support of young people in Montrose, especially in the field of music, has rejuvenated the town’s live music scene and bands such as Late Landing who started in that very building are going from strength to strength, with their debut album now released and gaining attention on a national scale.”
DOSS: Music from Montrose costs £6 and is available from Johnston’s Newsagents on Murray Street, or online at www.doss.bigcartel.com.