Music is empowering, transformative, insightful and a valuable resource - it has wider implications than just being able to listen or play – it provides freedom of expression, builds confidence and creates community.
Over The Hill Music Collective (OTH) has reclaimed a negative cliché and turned it around. It is is about providing a platform and a voice for older musicians, people who want to use their musical passion who have some music experience and who want to write about that and share their work.
The Music industry is difficult to break into at any time – for mature musicians it can be almost impossible. OTH breaks down barriers for mature musicians to get their music heard.
The currency we use is knowledge. The focus of OTH is about providing a space where musicians can come together and learn about the music industry through both peer to peer and mentoring support. This is in a safe and encouraging environment where there is an emphasis on the social aspect of music as much as writing and playing. The sessions offer advice on a range of topics such as publishing, copyright, PRS, songwriting as well as marketing and securing further training. In OTH People can be their own change.
We offer people the opportunity to play in places and venues they otherwise would not have access to; to date we have been part of Holywood Culture Night, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, East Belfast Arts Festival, Belfast Music Week, The Ulster Hall and Belfast Culture night.
Velvet Revolution was recorded in Start Together Studios with renowned American Producer Barrett Lahey in Late February 2014. It brought together 12 different artists who produced a collaborative acoustic album.
It was launched on June 20th 2014 as part of The Open House Festival in the Oh Yeah Music Centre. A film was produced about the making of the album and we gratefully acknowledge support form the Arts Council Northern Ireland.
Paul Kane has been a musician for the past 27 years specialising on Lead guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals as well other instruments. He has toured the UK playing festivals and played extensively across Ireland. He recently showcased at NXNE music festival in Toronto in June 2012. He has a wide experience of production, recording skills and stage management and has been both Manager and Promoter of bands. He is a singer songwriter with three solo albums produced and completed two additional albums with his band for charity. He produced the 1940’s Musical Lets Rip it Up with Co-writer Bernard Jackson in association with Kabosh Theatre Company.
He is a member of the International Songwriters Guild and signed up to PRS. He recently established Over The Hill Music Collective aimed at mature musicians and has run outreach programmes with Oh Yeah focusing on older people.
Paul was a fundraiser for 14 years working for several international NGO’s and voluntary organisations. He was Regional Chair of the Institute of Fundraising NI as well as Trustee of their London HQ. He has also traveled extensively across Central America, Africa and Asia reporting on international issues of social justice to various audiences. He also has extensive experience as a facilitator working with a range of age groups and has produced bespoke workshops a variety of groups. He is currently working to be an Associate of Stirling University in working with people with Dementia.