The Nerve Centre’s Resonate project, in partnership with Blast Furnace Recording Studio helped capture the musical talent, energy and spirit of the city during its City of Culture tenure by providing a range of recording opportunities, such as locally based professional facilities and roving, mobile ‘pop-up’ recording studios. The Resonate project has also been on hand to document many of the major musicial happpenings of the City of Culture year, from Celtronic to Culture Tech. 

Here’s a taster of what the Resonate team got up to. 

Crossover Sessions

Bands, solo musicians and electronic producers / DJs were invited to take over the Nerve Centre's venue for a week for a unique collaboration and musical mash up. Crossover Sessions in association with Blast Furnace Recording Studio, saw different production teams and sets of musicians meet up to exchange musical ideas and collaborate on a set of recordings, with the opportunity for the public to drop in and see behind the scenes as they work. Listen to the results below.

Making Kathleen a First Time Recording Star at the Age of 73

Sprightly 73-year-old Kathleen Tracey from the Waterside had never recorded a song in her life but was determined to leave something for her children to remember her by. So with some trepidation Kathleen ventured into one of the Nerve Centre's free recording sessions as part of Resonate. In just two takes and without a backing track, Kathleen, who has had no formal music training, nailed a poignant version of 'Noreen Bawn'.

Record Store Day at Cool Discs

Born in the USA in 2007, Record Store Day celebrates independent local record shops across the globe. As Derry~Londonderry’s only independent record store, Cool Discs hosted a special day with live performances from local musicians and, Resonate was there to capture the magic. 

Music City!

Music City! seen Derry~Londonderry transform into one giant performance space with hundreds of free musical performances across the streets, squares, neighbourhoods, venues, churches, offices and workplaces. The 24hr-citywide party was a great opporunity to capture the extraordinary talent of a new generation.

City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival

The 2013 City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival welcomed over 35,000 music lovers to Derry~Londonderry over the May Bank Holiday weekend with some of the biggest stars and newest names on the jazz scene. The Resonate team was there to capture the highlights. 

Celtronic 2013

Ireland’s premier electronic music festival brough the best of local, national and international DJ’s and live acts together in Derry~Londonderry for a weekend of electronic music. 

Glasgowbury Collaborations

The 'Small but Massive' music festival returned to Castle Rock for one last time with performances from the best in NI talent. Six of the acts playing the final ever Glasgowbury festival teamed up for three unique collaborations as part of the Resonate project.

Resonate Music Video Contest

The Resonate end-of-year competition offered local bands and musicians the chance to win £1,000 worth of music vouchers and an exclusive slot on the 'Resonate' Album of the Year. 

Following an online poll and judging from a panel that included Ciaran Scullion (Head of Music at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland)  Stephen McCauley (Radio Foyle) and Graham Stewart (Culture Company) Adam Leonard's 'My Love' was chosen as the overall winner. Among the stars of the future recognised was 17-year-old Gemma Bradley, from Draperstown, winner of the ‘Best Youth/Under 18’ act, Glenn Rosborough, who can be seen on TV screens with Katy B in BBC 1's  Music City and Best Boy Grip aka Eoin O'Callaghan. Winner of the Outstanding Lyrics category was We are Aeriels, Cordials took the top spot in the Catchiest Track category and Droids snapped up the prize for Best Live Act & Public Vote. 

For more information on the Resonate project, please contact Rory Donaghy on 028 7137 7870 or by email:

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