Update on 2017 and Artist Announcement

It has been a busy time here at Burnt Out Records. We have switched management after the previous manager Zoë finished school and moved on to do a music teaching degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. We wish Zoë the best of luck in the future and the whole team are missing having her around. Our new managers Jasmine and Craig, from S5, have been doing a great job so far this year.

We owe a lot of credit to Zoë for organising the three-day extravaganza we had back in March to celebrate Burnt Out Record’s 10 year anniversary. We held three gigs in three days, quite a feat for Zoë and the team. We had the wonderful Beth Malcolm play on the 22nd of March. Beth played a wonderful set, including songs from her EP ‘Better by Noon’. The following night we had previous artists from Burnt Out Records come back to the Music Hub to play. We were delighted to welcome back Sarah Blott, Sarah Mills, Dominique Pelosi, Andy Brown and band Bellarose. All of these artists were members of Burnt Out when they were in school and it was amazing to have everyone back, it really showed how Burnt Out Records supports artists in school and what they can grow up to become.

On the third and final night of the extravaganza, we had an acoustic trio set from Admiral Fallow. We had a sell-out crowd who enjoyed songs from all of their albums. The celebration of our 10th anniversary was a great one and although all of the team were exhausted after hosting three gigs in a row, they all felt it was a memorable event and it showcased Burnt Out Records at their best.

Since then, in the new academic year, we have had Siobhan Miller, a former Penicuik High School pupil, come and play her last gig of the year here at the Hub. It was lovely to have Siobhan back and her voice wowed the local crowd who flooded in to see her.

Most recently we held a fundraising gig for Social Bite. This was co-organised by Lewis and the S6 charities committee and it featured some S6 pupils who did a fantastic job playing on stage for the first time. We raised around £200 for Social Bite which will go along with the money S6 are raising for doing the Social Bite Sleep in the Park in December.

And an exciting announcement. We have just signed new artists and upcoming talent for the following years. To join the already existing team of artists we are delighted to welcome Anna Fergusson and Ailsa Blott. We also have Grace and Ruby Bee who are up and coming talent from Burnt Out Records.

The whole team here at Burnt Out Records are excited to work with these artists over the coming years and are looking forward to the year ahead.

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10th Anniversary Extravaganza

2016 has been a sensational year for Burnt Out Records! We had 8 gigs including two fundraising nights where we raised over £700 for Social Bite and Project Trust. We expanded with new artists and team members and have widened our presence.

This year, Burnt Out Records will be turning 10 years old! We are celebrating 10 years of gigging with a three day extravaganza in March.

Mr Keith Murphy- Creator of Burnt Out Records says…

“Burnt Out Records was established in 2007 after the Penicuik High School music department acquired the former Penicuik public library building.  The building was adapted for use and equipped with a recording studio, practice rooms, a stage, PA system and a small lighting system.  It was then decided to initiate a record label project and a number of pupils came forward to be involved.  The pupils came up with the name of the newly formed company, Burnout Records, and designed a logo.  The pupils also named the building ‘The Music Hub’.

Taking the label forward, it was decided that we would sign and record artists from within the school to record music, and using the ‘The Music Hub’ as a venue, giving a means for the pupils to perform and promote their music.

The group then decided to launch the venue, and the jazz singer/songwriter Sophie Bancroft was asked to play at our opening event. School staff, education managers and local businesses were invited along to see what we were doing with the hope of attracting investment.  Two local businesses donated some money to the label which gave us enough equity to allow the duplication of our artists’ CDs. These were sold at our first ‘Artist Launch Night’. Along with ticket sales, this raised enough money to start investing in the infrastructure of the building. The success of these initial gigs then encouraged the group to grow and develop the live side of the business.  It was decided that the venue could be used to host a range of live music events.  We focused on our own artists, artists from other schools, artists from the local community and professional musicians.  The members of the group then adopted different roles, managing director, art, pr, media, tech, etc.  It was also decided that our artists would be the support acts for any professional artists booked. All monies accrued through ticket sales has been invested back into Burnt Out Records. Along side agreeing fees with artists we have funded infrastructure, new lighting, repairs, instruments, technical and recording equipment, as well as charity events.

Since the creation of Burnt Out Records we have attracted a wide and diverse range of artists to perform in our venue and encompassed a wide range of styles: pop, rock, folk, jazz, classical and world. We have attracted artists from as far away as America, and our audience demographic has stretched as far as parts of Europe.

We have signed over 20 acts from the school, many of whom have also recorded in our partner professional recording studio, The Sound Cafe.  We have had media coverage both in local and national newspapers and radio.  Our gigs are well attended and we have attracted over 2500 audience members through the doors since our first gig.

Burnt Out Records has established strong links with local arts organisations, and we have linked in with the Penicuik Arts Festival by hosting gigs.  We have established links with music promoters and managers, negotiated performance fees and sold tickets both online and through the Penicuik Community Library.

Burntout Records prides itself on being driven by pupils and supported by staff and its well established model continues to grow and develop. Here is hoping for another successful 10 years!”

On Thursday the 22nd we are hosting Beth Malcom, an 18 year old singer/songwriter based in Glasgow. Beth has an EP, ‘Better By Noon’, which is an electric mix of soft jazz and folky pop.You can find out more information about Beth here: http://www.bethmalcolm.com/

And you can buy tickets for the gig here:

The second night of our extravaganza will be a former artist night featuring artists from the last 10 years of Burnt Out Records. You can get tickets for this special anniversary show here:

And the finale to our three day event will be Admiral Fallow- Acoustic Trio Show! Admiral Fallow released their debut album ‘Boots Met My Face’ and their second, ‘Tree Bursts In Snow’ just a year later. Their third album ‘Tiny Rewards’ was the result of an 18 month experiment to do something different. You can find out more about them here: http://www.admiralfallow.com/

And you can find tickets for that gig here:


Beth Malcolm
Tickets £6

Former Artist Night
Tickets £5

Admiral Fallow: Acoustic Trio Show
Tickets £8

10 Year Anniversary 3 Day Pass
Tickets £18 & includes a drink voucher
Email us for more info ‘burntoutrecords@gmail.com’





Christmas Artist Night

On Tuesday the 13th of December, we held our Christmas Artist night. We decked the Hub out with fairy lights and some Christmas decorations and our team had been busy baking to provide some refreshments for our guests.14720324_10154179807606958_1508512834568120504_n15390985_10154179803861958_7310822691047038681_n15541285_10154179804051958_5526626797621137799_n15590038_10154179804081958_2797223367275371048_n15590049_10154179804066958_4175156988725082621_nSam and Hannah started the festivities as they set the scene and introduced Holly Powers who sang three of her lovely originals.15391071_10154179808696958_6264915430513854847_nFollowing Holly was The Ukes of Hazard, a group of four beautiful girls, who did a cover of Men of Snow by Ingrid Michaelson and Last Christmas by Wham!15400487_10154179809211958_3139244372954885589_n15442268_10154179809226958_2271845660338366520_nAfter a short break, we had Meredith playing her first Burnt Out Records gig. She did a cover of White Christmas on the ukulele and then her wonderful Christmas original which has quite memorable lyrics.15541165_10154179813331958_5170674298617561098_nSam followed on the guitar with his take on River by Joni Mitchell, Ho Hey by The Lumineers and Holes by Passenger.15400978_10154179811316958_8461260290320240702_n      

We had Hannah who sang an original she co-wrote and performed with Anna and then Hannah finished off her set with covers of Bird by Billie Martin and Can’t Help Falling in Love with You by Elvis Presley.1928390_10154179815631958_8476948651058551588_n15590109_10154179815596958_834345919554945951_nJasmine and Craig finished off our Christmas night with Kids by MGMT, Seaside by The Kooks and finished the night on a Christmas high with Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.15439787_10154179819691958_6525074193233008827_n15589542_10154179819716958_8251830641568047179_nAs a school we are raising money for the charity Social Bite and all of our profits from the artist night went to them. We are happy to have helped them along the way with £330.15400488_10154179804431958_5397482362004243828_nIt was a fantastic night and we have so many talented artists and musicians in our team. We’d like to thank everyone who came along and to our team for doing such a good job on the night.15400293_10154179808186958_4827185196421189542_n15442378_10154179808096958_3768922864720667061_n15541870_10154179824236958_4359148802751643141_n

It has been a great year for Burnt Out Records and we hope next year will be just as great! Look out for a very exciting announcement in the new year!

Thank you to Kirsty Mercer for the photos!




Blue Rose Code Gig: 29th November 2016

On the 29th of November we had Blue Rose Code playing a wonderful and intimate gig at the Hub.

The gig was sold out, through a combination of online ticket sales and by our team members, so the Hub was packed and it was going to be a good night.

We started with team member, Sam, who introduced the whole night and got us all excited for what was to come. Burnt Out Records Artist Holly Powers opened with a lovely set on her guitar. She wowed the audience with her voice and played four originals, Sadness, Frozen Ground, For You and Hollow.

Our next act was the Ukes of Hazard, comprised of Orla, Abbi, Anne and Millie. They all play ukulele and have recently added in cello, which adds such a lovely touch. Their combination of  covers and original, Still Not Over, was delightful and the cello added some texture to the later songs to their set.

After a short break where the audience were buzzing in anticipation for the main act, Sam introduced Blue Rose Code. His stage presence is warm and inviting and he really gets the audience going with his anecdotes of gigs he has played and stories of how his songs came to be. He played an amazing set and got us all laughing with his references of being Scottish.

For his final song, Grateful, he had us all singing and enjoying ourselves and it left the audience wanting to hear more. At the end of the gig, audience members could buy Blue Rose Code’s CDs and meet the man himself.

We’d like to thank Blue Rose Code for coming to play at the Hub,  I’m sure we are all grateful.

The Funktones Gig: 27th October 2016

On the 27th of October we had a Halloween themed gig at The Hub where we got The Funktones to come and play. The band consists of pianist and vocalist Ara, bassist Johnny, guitarist Dallas and drummer Steve.

It started with the team transforming The Hub from classroom to a spooky venue with cobwebs, spiders and balloons. After a quick costume change we were ready to start the gig.

We had a wide variety of costumes from witches and skeletons to a leprechaun and Scooby Doo characters. We even had some of the audience come dressed up too which brought a whole new level of excitement to the gig! Although the best costume was Mr Murphy and his son who came as The Ghostbusters! 

The night started with an opening act from Sam Blott with the help of Zoë Galbraith. He played some spooky support songs. This was Sam’s first gig as an artist with us and he did a fab job. 

After a short break where people filled themselves on the delicious Halloween bake sale, we had the main act. The Funktones. Their music was amazing, they got the audience up dancing, the bar was flowing and the atmosphere was amazing! 

Before the doors opened Caitlyn interviewed them all and this is what they had to say;

What inspired you to become musicians?

That’s a tough one really.. errm I don’t know. I never really thought about it really until I went to high school and then it just kind of happened really. I was just into art and then I was into technology and I thought I was going to go down the djing route really and I wrote a few songs using computers and that and then you needed an instrument to do music so Keith gave me a base guitar and the rest as they say is history.
Umm well eh John and I went to school together Mr Murphy taught both of us .. the rest of the teachers in the department were really inspiring you know kinda got us into it. My dad had some Eric Clapton stuff and I thought he was the coolest guy in the world and I just wanted to be like that and Mr Pilchar started teaching me at some point and helped me a lot and obviously Mr Murphy too and yeah just.

So yeah it was good teachers that got is into it.
I think as well when we were younger and we started doing concerts all of the time and that’s the thing I loved doing. I loved playing. I loved getting up in front of people and being quite a show off but no yeah I went on and studied it at college and stuff and been playing for a few years now.

I was the same. I had a very nice teacher in school. She was amazing and eh I think that’s what made me love it so I went to piano lessons and then I didn’t sing until I went to uni. Surprise guys! It’s actually true!
What is your song writing process and how has it changed over time? 

We don’t really write together because we started as a function band so eh our set consists of songs that people will know and like and that’s they’d want to dance to . I think we all kinda write individually.
Yeah I’ve been in tonnes of bands who’ve done song writing and I tend to find that theres two ways of doing it. There’s getting in a room and just bouncing ideas off of each other which is a very organic process and takes a lot of time but there’s another way of doing it which a few guys who I played with were jazz influenced and what they would do was record everything and then send everything to me and I would do my bit and we’d get together at rehearsals and do stuff together and that was a really cool process.
But yeah we do put our own spin on things and really the way we do that is sort of by bouncing ideas off of each other. Someone will say I think we could play it this way. 

What advice would you have to aspiring musicians?

Just keep on at it. Keep practising.
Keep your motivation. Music is the greatest thing in the world so just keep on going and stuff. Yeah and remember everyone has got an opinion, everyone’s got an opinion and you don’t have to agree with it. And you’ll come across loads of people who will try and put you down. And just realise that that’s their opinion and don’t take it personally and do your thing.

What are you listening to at the moment? 
I love Michael Jackson so much.
I’ve got so many. So many genres. Eh… Im really into John legend and The Woods. Which is kinda soul and stuff. I’m also really into Radio Head and just for something a bit punky I’m into Bring me the Horizon too.
Have you enjoyed your time at the hub so far? 

Yes, it’s so lovely, I love the amount of effort everyone put in.
It’s unbelievable.
It’s brilliant.
It’s really nice. It looks amazing and it shows.
We made sure to get a team photo with The Funktones at the end of the night!




No Quarter Gig: 29th September 2016

On the 29th September we held yet another fab gig at The Hub. This was our first gig with our new team as most of our members from last year have now left school. No Quarter arrived for sound check and then went out for a meal whilst we got the team excited. We put some music on the speakers and had a huge dance and singalong, which instantly out everyone in a good mood and ready for a fab night.

Before the doors opened, Erin did an interview with Becky. It was really interesting to hear what it took for her to be where she is today!

What inspired you to become a musician?

“Well, my dad inspired me because he’s my dad and he’s a musician. But I recall the first time I was really, really inspired to get into a band, was when I went to see Muse when I was fifteen and I’d just started playing guitar, just started learning. I think I had only written two songs and the buzz after that gig was amazing, I thought that’s what I want to do with my life so that was the turning moment. I decided I want to that, and I will do that.

So yeah it was that gig that influenced me, but also my Dad from a young age.

I started of playing violin and then piano and then I discovered the guitar and fell in love with it, I actually practiced that, I didn’t practice anything else.

What is your song writing process, has it changed over time?

It’s usually I will be practicing guitar and I’ll get frustrated with a song or I will actually sit down to write but it’s rare that when I sit down to write, something actually happens. I’ll usually come up with a riff first on the guitar and then a chord sequence, then I’ll write my melody for the verse. Once I see how that’s going I see where the melody is going and write that and work out what chords go beneath it. The very last thing I do is write the lyrics but I have written lyrics before like I have a big book of lyrics so I can go back to them. But there’s one song I’ve written the lyrics for before the music and it’s probably the best lyrics I’ve written, so I don’t know why I don’t do it more often. It’s just the way it works out, I get exited by the guitar stuff.

 What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

I would say that it’s 150% percent worth going for, but it’s hard work, it’s really hard work, but if you love it then it’s worth it. I would say music Education has defiantly improved my guitar playing, it’s given me more contacts as a musician. It’s really helped doing a degree in music and also to meet other people and to refine my musicianship skills. So yeah, just plug at at and the main thing with music is networking, just meet people (when you become 18) at gigs in bars and chat to them, just be a nice person, talk to everybody and that’s really the way to get gigs. There’s also the whole marketing and Facebook side of things that I’ve not been brought up on so I’m quite new to that. Network and work your bum of, but it’s all worth it.

What are you listening to at the moment?

Just the usual which is… Well I’ve listened to rival sons recently and Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the Beatles are my usual go to’s. No new bands except Royal Blood, I heard one of there new songs the other day. I’m terrible for discovering new music, I tend to stick to what I like unless someone’s like “have you heard this band?”

Have you enjoyed your time at the hub so far?

It’s been wonderful, thank you vey much.
The gig started off with Kami singing songs which included the two from her E.P- Illusions. We had a short interval where we sold some home baking and some drinks. It was then time for No Quarter, and they played an awesome set, the audience was buzzing afterwards. It was such an amazing atmosphere and our new team did a fab job of running the night smoothly.

We made sure to get a team photo with No Quarter at the end of the night!

Burnt Out Records On Tour

At the beginning of July some of the team took a trip into Edinburgh to attend the Born To Be Wide: Off The Record event- which was for anyone interested in the music industry. We were joined by  Emma from Cantus Audio who was an avid member of the team last year before she left school, Emma now has put on live sessions with artists which shows what Burnt Out can help people achieve. It was great to be joined by junior members Jasmine, Hannah and Craig, as it will be them helping run the team next year once the last seniors leave school.

It was an early start as we met at 9:15 at the bus stop for the event starting at 10:30! This was a bit of a struggle as it was the first day of summer and we were all up super early. We arrived slightly early and didn’t want to look too keen so we found a park and spent a good 40 minutes being big kids! We made sure to document it on our snapchat story and used the hashtag ‘#borontour’, which is on our YouTube channel for all to enjoy.

We arrived to the event and picked up our passes and loads of great leaflets with information about all the different groups and people, that would be talking throughout the day. The panels were great – loads of really interesting people giving their experiences in the music business and passing on lots of great tips and tricks on how to make your way in the music industry from making and selling your own music to how to put on and promote your own gigs. It was a really great experience for the small team that went out and we learnt a lot that will help us build Burnt Out in the future.

Throughout the day we were given a lot of people’s business cards with all their information and details on them and we decided that would be a great thing for us to do, so we ordered some and received them recently. These will be great for our future gigs as they contain all our social media accounts where you can catch up on everything that we’re doing.

Be sure to pick one up at our next gig!

How We Prepare For A Gig

Since we have lots of gigs planned for the next few months we thought it would be a good idea to share with you how we prepare for a gig…


  • Identify Your Audience

Firstly we have to know the audience we are selling to and who is going to like the artist. Once we know this information we have to target this market. In order to do this we get the whole team to listen to and know the band/artist we are thinking of booking.

  • Listening To The Artist

Everyone will listen to the artist and get an idea of their sound. This is to make sure that when selling tickets and promoting the gig, we are promoting to the correct audience who will enjoy that artist’s music. 

  • Booking The Artist

Once everyone has listened to the artist and committed to selling and promoting the gig, we will send an email to the artist asking if they will come and perform at The Music Hub. An email will follow this sort of pattern: 


  • Apply For A Licence

If we plan to have alcohol at the gig we will need to apply for a licence so that we can legally sell alcoholic beverages.

  • Advertise On Local Radio

Once the gig has been organised we will create an advert which can be sent to local radio sessions to be advertised on them. We sometimes will arrange for artists to appear and perform on the radio in order to get local people aware of our upcoming gig. 

  • Make And Distribute Flyers And Posters

We have to start to get the word out early about the gig by making posters and flyers. These will include the necessary information about that gig, which will be handmade and photocopied. These will then get distributed around the school, all around Penicuik such as the library, local supermarkets, surrounding towns where show posters and flyers for other events are displayed. This will be kept up to date in the run-up to the gig so there is constant adverts around. The information on these posters include:

– Who is playing

– Venue

– Cost

– Time the doors open

– Where tickets can be purchased

– Links for Burnt Out Records

– Links for the headlining act

  • Making The Contacts

With all this material in place, we will build a promo package to send out to local papers and radio stations that advertise local gigs. This will include information about Burnt Out Records and what it is, the where’s and when’s of the show and ticket price, as well as information about the artists performing. 

  • Contacting The Press

We will let the local papers and radio stations know about our gig. We will try and get previews in the local paper and radio sessions in the run-up to the gig. It is important for us to give the press plenty of notice and follow-up with them to see if they are willing to give our show some coverage. We will also sometimes see if local colleges/university students who are studying journalism would be interested in doing a piece on our gig. 

  • Get The Word Out

Using social media to get the word out is very important. A Facebook event is usually created with all the appropriate information on this event. It is also important to post an update on the Burnt Out Facebook page. Twitter is used to regularly tweet about the gig and retweet other tweets to keep the word going. Using Instagram to post photos and videos of the artist is posted so that our audience can see what sort of music they play. 


  • Tech Spec

This is the time to find out what the musicians need, and come up with a plan to have everything everyone needs in place the night of the gig. It is best to do this in advance, so we can chase down anything that is required, and then confirm again closer to the time. This is so we don’t get any surprises on the night of the gig and so everything (hopefully) runs smoothly. 

  • Gathering The Materials

Listen to the artist that has been booked. Before we can start promoting, we need to have the right materials in place. We will gather these in advance so we are ready to go:

– Soundcloud/Facebook etc links for the artist

– Band bio’s and photos

– Posters for the show (these can be generic posters from the band or ones that have specifically made for the gig)

– Press release for the gig

We will also take the time to build a database of local media contacts (email, fax, phone and street address), as well as publication deadlines for local papers. 

  • Do The Legwork

This is not a very fun part of promoting the gig but it can’t be helped and has to be done. Head out to the gig venue and every place in town that allows people to hang posters, and place our gig posters right in the front. We will also send posters in the post asking places to hang them for you, which can’t always be reliable as we don’t know if they will actually put up our posters, which is why it’s better for us to go out and pysically hang them ourselves.  


  • Follow-ups, Follow-ups!

As the gig draws closer, keeping lines of communication with the press open and regular. We will send out a few emails to our mailing list reminding them of the gig. We will also make some phone calls and see if we can get local journalists to come along. It is also very important to tweet regularly to keep the promotion high. 

  • Extend Invitations

A great way to increase coverage of the gigs is to offer some guest list places to journalists. By convincing them to run a preview or review of the show in exchange for a spot on the list can really benefit Burnt Out Records. This will encourage local journalists to get involved and perhaps do a piece on Burnt Out Records. 

  • Supporting Acts

We need to choose what artists are going to support the headline act. This will usually be decided by choosing artists that have never supported or artists that are really keen to support. They will then have a few weeks to come up with a set list and practise. 


  • After School Prep

On the day of the gig we have most of the team come to The Hub after school to turn the classroom into a venue for the gig! We have to start by putting the tables away and the teachers desk, these are put into practise rooms and the studio. We then draw the curtain round to hide away all the computers. At this point we have to hoover the carpet to make it look even tidier, whilst somebody is hoovering the others start to bring the chairs down from the stage ready to be laid out for guests. These are set up in rows with a gap in the middle, there are around 6 or seven chairs in each row. A table is set out at the door with the money tin for tickets, and another table on the other side is set up with drinks and sometimes the bake sale. Alcoholic drinks are sold at the back of The Hub.

  • Sound Check

After everything is set up the team either head home for tea, go out for some food or eat in The Hub, this is the opportunity for our supporting artists to sound check to make sure everything is going smoothly. Around 5.45/6ish the headlining artist usually arrives, they are introduced to the team and they get set up for sound check.

  • The Gig Itself

The doors open at 7pm with our two presenters welcoming everyone in whilst everyone gets seated. The gig begins around 7.30 with the supporting acts. There is a 15/20 minute interval half way through where guests can enjoy a cold drink and some home baking. We usually have around 10 helpers on the night each assigned with their own job:

– Tickets and lights

– Stage Lighting

– Sound

– Presenters and doors

– Runners for artists and artist interviewers 

– Refreshments and bake sale 

– Photography

Our gigs will also be documented on snapchat throughout the gig so if people cannot make the gig, they are not missing out on anything. Gigs usually finish around 9/9.30pm.


  • Tidying Up

After all our guests leave it is important that we get everything tidied up so everyone can get home quickly. Drinks and money boxes are put away for the next gig. If there is some home baking left it usually gets eaten, or somebody takes it home. The leads on the stage are tidied away into tubs and mic’s and mic stands put away. Chairs are stacked and put neatly into piles on the stage. The curtain is drawn so that the computers are on show again and the tables and teachers desk is brought back out. This only takes about 30/40 minutes because we all work together. The Hub is now a classroom again and everyone goes home after a successful evening!

  • Social Media 

After the gig it is important for us to tweet about our gig and thank the artist that has just performed. We will also send out a thank you email to the artist. A blog will be written about the gig and the interview we did on the night, and add some photos for people who may have missed it. Videos from all acts will also be added to our YouTube channel.
This is how we organise each gig, which has to be planned months in advance as you can see. By following all these steps, our gigs can run smoothly. 

Time To Shine Funding 2016

At the start of January we applied for a grant from the Nurturing Talent – Time To Shine Fund. We put together a package of songwriting workshops and recording to support our school based artists. We got in contact with Louis Abbot and Sarah Hayes from Admiral Fallow and they agreed to come along and run the workshop for us. We were keen to hear about their own experiences of songwriting and help our musicians with their own writing. We wanted to run a session for 3 hours one afternoon and then sent a few artists to the studio to record what they had been working on.

It was a great opportunity for our young musicians and really helped to build their confidence through working with more experienced musicians. They got advice on how to song write and by working with professional musicians, it helped some of our less experienced artists to build on their own work. And by recording their work they gained some studio experience. Everyone was given individual advice and guidance which helped them develop these skills. 

We documented the workshop on our snapchat story and tweeted throughout. The recordings of our 3 artists who went to the studio have been uploaded onto our soundcloud page.

We also had very positive feedback from everyone who took part…

Bellarose: “We thought it was very interesting to explore different approaches to songwriting.”

Clockwire: “It was very interesting and helpful to start writing a song with people who are experienced in doing so. The band enjoyed it very much.”

Cameron Scott: “I can write lyrics better now.”

Eilidh Gray: “I thought the songwriting workshop was very successful, I didn’t know how to approach lyric writing and I learnt some great techniques in how to do so and ended up leaving the workshop with a finished song!”

Hannah Connell: “It was helpful how they gave us different techniques and it really helped with my songwriting. It has inspired me to write more songs.”

K. Murphy: “I think it was great that young people had the opportunity to develop their songwriting skills and record them in a professional environment. They have all got so much from this experience.”

S. McIntosh: “It was a very positive experience for our young people, and gave them a good insight into different approaches to songwriting.”

The Time To Shine fund has inspired us to look for more songwriting workshop opportunities and developing our partnership further with professional musicians. We will encourage those involved to continue composing and share their ideas amongst the group. We have access to basic recording facilities and will aim to record more in the future. We will also support our younger group members to engage the songwriting process and develop their own skills. 

Overall it was a very successful few days and we couldn’t have done it without the Time To Shine Fund or the help from Sarah and Louis. Be sure to follow them on Twitter: @TTSYoutharts, @AdmiralFallow, @SarahHayes.

Blue Rose Code Interview

On the 24th September 2015 we had another brilliant gig with Blue Rose Code as the headline act. This had a  large turnout, and the audience was buzzing with excitement and anticipation, eagerly waiting for the first artist to take center stage. After a humorous and warm welcome from our very own James Hulligan and Andrew Foley, the gig started off with a bang! We were introduced to one of the support acts, Kami Oliver. Kami wowed the audience with her three originals, and her cover of the lively song, Riptide by Vance Joy, had people singing and tapping along. Our second support act  was one of Burnt Outs very talented musicians, Sophie Burt. Sophie started by playing one if her songs from her new EP – Say Goodbye To Your Youth, which went on ITunes on the 23rd of October 2015. The originals she played moved the audience and showed off her very impressive and powerful writing skills. She also covered the beautiful Damian Rice sing ‘Delicate’. After a short break it was time for Blue Rose Code to take to the stage.

Ross’ love for music and laid back character was truly shown all the way through his performance. He successfully created a comfortable atmosphere for audience by his down to earth personality and witty jokes. He even managed to create a sense of mystery by putting pieces of A4 paper under every seat with the word #grateful on them. It was not until the end that he revealed the mystery behind the paper….he wanted to involve The Hub and that audience in one of his music videos!

In the end everyone held up their signs and Ross, with phone in hand, walked down the middle alley between the audience and filmed the crowd with their signs held high. This way of bringing  people together was a very special moment in the gig and resulted in a perfect end to a great night.

Earlier on in the day we interviewed Blue Rose Code himself:

What inspired you to become a musician?

Eh, I didn’t want to get a job, it’s the truth. So eh, I was quite good at singing and i picked up the guitar because i was sick of singing other people’s songs. I wanted to sing my own stories. And I grew up kind of addicted to music, first of all it was pop music and then kind of rap music and then heavy metal and then jazz music, and i just love music, all kinds of music and that is really what inspired me to, apart from my inherent laziness, to become a musician.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

Well, find your own voice, sing in your own accent, write your own songs, don’t give up. The important thing is you must understand that no one will ever care as much about your music as you do. And as soon as you realise that really the journey has to come from within that’s when you’ll start to get a bit of success, I think.

So, what are you listening to at the moment?

At the moment I am listening to Ryan Adams covers of Taylor Swift, it’s the new record.


Yeah! It’s very good, came out on Monday.

Is there any reason for that?

Oh well I love Taylor Swift and em, I love Ryan Adams so it’s a good combination. Eh and it was John Coltranes birthday yesterday so I’ve been listening to a lot of jazz. Em Admiral Fallow’s new album, I love that. And em a guy called Jason Isbell who’s just got a number 1 album in America, he’s a kinda American country act, he’s really good too.

Have you enjoyed your time at The Hub so far?

Everyone has been really polite, a little bit nervous of the teachers, they’ve been very nice but I feel like I should tuck my shirt in or something! Em but yeah it’s been great so far, so i’m looking forward to playing.

We are very much looking forward to hearing you! Have you got anything you’d like to add about Burnt Out Records, or about what we do here?

I’ve been really impressed with the social media side of things, I think that, that’s really the key. I hear a lot of musicians moaning about, nowadays, how little money there is in music business and compared to how that used to be – it’s true you know there isn’t as much money in the music business. So you have to be a bit more creative, you have to be a bit more versatile and self motivated and I think that having your own record label here and then having social media presence is priceless.

Thank you very much Ross, we look forward to hearing you perform tonight.

Thank you.
Interview and blog by Caitlin Andrew.