Changing the way Torbay thinks about music
What's happening with music in the Bay? Do you need to leave Torbay to launch a music career? Ryan Hamilton tells us how Torbay Music Hub are working with ambition to change hearts and minds. Watch The Shorely interview to hear what he has to say!
Some of the world greatest musicians started out in Devon... Coldplay's Chris Martin, Muse and Metronomy received a Mercury Album of the Year award nomination for their album - The English Rivera - which, as the name implies, was inspired by this place. Torbay has also staged the likes of David Bowie, The Who and The Clash back in the day. With so much musical heritage, it begs the question, why are musicians under the impression that you can't succeed from this part of the country? Ryan Hamilton believes artistic quality is abundant here in Torbay, but it's the venues and culture that needs to change:
Following our interview with Ryan, we attended Grinagog Introducing, a battle of the band style gig. The deeper into the evening we got, the more of what Ryan spoke about became apparent. We walked into Torre Abbey's stunning Spanish Barn with the misconception that the participants were going to be amateurish musicians and bedroom singer-songwriters stepping onto the stage for the first time. Instead, what we found was incredible talent oozing with bags of stage presence. In fact, it proved Ryan's point exactly. The majority of the acts were from Torbay, and their professionalism and sonic quality were at a surprisingly high standard; any of those acts could confidently perform at any music gif or festival around the country - it's just getting them there.
Reflecting on the show, and the conversation with Ryan, it's clear these musicians need support from the likes of Torbay Music Hub and SoundLaunch to thrive. The talent is undoubtedly here, but the stepping stones aren't. It's a massive task for these organisations, but putting on gigs like Grinagog Introducing, and having Grinagog Festival as a new local platform is a few steps in the right direction.
To find our more information about Torbay Music Hub and you can get involved visit their website. Don't forget to check our Torbay Schools' Festival of Performing Arts from 26-28 March and to book your ticket to Grinagog Festival from 20-22 April featuring local talent and international headliners on the same stages!