In 2019/20 Sound Cycle are delighted to have received funding by YouthBorders and CashBack for Creativity. This enables us to continue our activities across the Borders, giving more young people more opportunities to get creative , enjoy and make great music , enabling wider participation and enjoyment of different musical activities across the community, whilst mentoring those who choose music based activity as their career path, helping them write, create and perform to the best of their abilities.Some of our past members are already enjoying exciting careers in the music business, and there are many more who are finding their feet as great writers and potential stars of the future. The funding will enable us to deliver a series of workshops, mentoring sessions, performances  and recordings, all of which will be released digitally on our next album release, Sound Cycle 3 – Weft  -New Music from The Borders.”

We’ve already run some amazing workshops and concerts, such as our series of seven Tinderbox Sessions at Mac Arts in Galashiels,which culminated in an incredible concert where our members performed and collaborated with the Orchestra to a packed venue,and we recently had another brilliant concert night at The Borders Book Festival .

Sound Cycle Artists 3 Out Of Four perform with The Tinderbox Orchestra

We’ve helped co ordinate the #SongWave project during the Scottish Mental Arts Festival, where people from across the community came to sing a newly written song “Stay”, dedicated to the memory of the late Scott Hutchinson, lead singer of borders group Frightened Rabbit, to help publicise their new mental health charity #TinyChanges

Alongside our workshops and concerts programme, we are currently planning the recording of our third album project, Sound Cycle 3- Warp- New Music From The Borders, which will include a version of Stay, alongside more self penned music form some of our members.

Have a listen to some great performance from  our previous two albums here:

Sound Cycle One -Weave-  New Music from the Borders

Sound Cycle Two – Warp- New music from The Borders

Sound Cycle 2- Warp- New Music From the Borders

Thanks to our Cashback funding we are delighted and excited to be able to run the Summer Daze at Harestanes Music Festival this Saturday the 29th of June.This is new and unique boutique youth music and family event in the heart of the Borders. There will be loads of great music ,workshops and a craft workshop culminating in a musical celebration and procession.

During this event we shall be taking part in the #CashBackCreates campaign, where we will be hiding some CD’s and pen drives containing some of our young artists brilliant recordings and CD artwork.As Harestanes Visitors Centre has a large outdoor play area, woods and a large courtyard cafe and venue, there are lot’s of nooks and crannies where we will be able to hide these hidden gems of music , so come along to Harestanes visitors centre on the 29th June and start hunting!

If you you find one of our hidden musical gems remember to take a snap and share your photograph with us using the hashtag #CashBackCreates

For more info contact James@youthborders.org.uk