Salford Musical Youth is a community project run from The Naz on Great Clowes Street, which helps local young people get into music, play music and form bands. And some very good bands there are too, including the explosive sounds of Operation Detonation.
Last year was all about practising performance and this year is all about getting out there and doing gigs. Recently the kids from Salford Musical Youth have played the Alan Henning Fundraiser, the Air Ambulance charity event, the Salford Carnival and Picnic in the Park. Now they have their own local showcase at Broughton Cricket and Rugby Club next Saturday, to be followed by two days at the huge free Festwich event at St Mary's Park in Prestwich on 25th and 26th July where they will have their own stage.
"This is the kids first year for doing gigs and they have been invited to a number of events now" says Kim Shaw who organises Salford Musical Youth "All the gigs they have been to so far the organisers have asked them to come back to the next one. They have not taken any monies for their gigs, as this year has been about promoting the music group but they still have a number of dates planned to help raise funds for the group."
The first of these is at Broughton Rugby Club where it's just £1 pay on the door to see how far they have come. Expect some top covers of tracks by Nirvana, Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Harvey Danger, Muse, Foo Fighters and White Stripes amongst others.
Salford Musical Youth will be joined by guests, the up and coming young singer, Clarice Herring, performing some of her own compositions and some covers of recent emotional chart hits; her dad singer/songwriter James Herring, well known for his Salford-inspired tunes, and the band Revolver from Little Hulton/Walkden who play covers from the 1950s to present day, ranging from Chuck Berry, to David Bowie and Oasis... "It's the classic rock/pop songs; we try to play something from everyone's generation, plus a few of our own written by our guitarist Andy" says Revolver's Darren Lewis*.
One thing's for sure – Broughton Rugby Club will be rocking next Saturday...
Salford Musical Youth and Guests
Saturday 4th July from 7pm £1
Broughton Cricket and Rugby Club
Yew Street M7 2HL
For further details see Salford Musical Youth Facebook page and Revolver Facebook page
Salford Musical Youth meet every Wednesday 6pm-8pm at the Naz on Great Clowes Street. They have music tuition and more and it's £3.50 per session. Further details click here
• Andy Bean is supporting JB Barrington at Salford Arts Theatre on 25th July – see here
Main photo Clarice Herring