Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop prompted a lot of visitors to pick up their instruments again, dust off their collection of LPs and crank up their favourite tracks by Scottish musicians.

For the group of young women who live locally in Edinburgh and met each other for the first time in October 2018, this exhibition took them on a bigger journey.

Day one saw a group of ten young women aged 14-18 come together for the first time to visit the Rip It Up exhibition to take a closer look at the creative and talented women musicians who make up a crucial part of Scotland's musical history. They explored the exhibition with Scottish punk pop goddess Fay Fife of The Rezillos and Lesley Crawford, musician and tutor with Girls Rock School Edinburgh.

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Fay and Lesley facilitated the next three days of song writing and instrumentation workshops at South Bridge Resource Centre fuelled by toasties and strong coffees thanks to the Old School Cafe, with some of the participants picking up instruments for the first time and all of them contributing to the writing of new material based on their experiences of growing up in Edinburgh. The next step was to move to Post Electric Studio in Leith to record, where the group learned how to lay down their own tracks and mix them.

"The aim of the project was to address the lack of representation of women in the music industry and create a nurturing space for young women in Edinburgh to explore their collective creative power, glimpse their capabilities and gain confidence that they have voices which deserve to be heard
Why aren't women's ideas about culture, their relationships and their experiences being communicated in music?
It was important that this project focused on music production as well as writing new material. We wanted the women who took part to feel confident in the recording studio and with all the technical processes of producing their own tracks. Things won't change if the studio is a male-only domain. I'm thrilled with the new material they have produced in such a short space of time and I can't wait to hear more" - Laura Bennison, Community Engagement Officer

Dangerous Beings

The girls continue to meet and rehearse every Friday after school as ‘Dangerous Beings’, featuring Caitlin on vocals, Ava on keyboards, Sam on drums and Sophie on guitar. You can find them on iTunes, SpotifyFacebook and Instagram.


 

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