Young musicians make their mark

ON SONG: Members of the Fleetwood High School rock band, Solvent Free. Band members are (left to right): Joe Kirton, Elise Whiteside, Rebekah Slater, Courtney Cooper, Olivia Snape.

ON SONG: Members of the Fleetwood High School rock band, Solvent Free. Band members are (left to right): Joe Kirton, Elise Whiteside, Rebekah Slater, Courtney Cooper, Olivia Snape.

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IF music be the food of love, rock on!

Talented pupils at local high schools are certainly making their mark on the local music scene.

Millfield Science and Performing Arts College pupil Jake Mulgrew and his band OneFourThree are staging a concert in Blackpool to raise funds for a new local theatre group.

And a band formed at Fleetwood High School, Solvent Free, are among the performers in the event.

In addition to that, Solvent Free have also contributed a song, written by themselves, on a new CD of local music.

Jake’s concert is being staged at the Cedar Tavern, on Cedar Aquare, Blackpool on Bank Holiday Monday, May 30 from 1pm.

All the young people taking part are aged between 13 and 25 years old and will perform different genres of music from classical and pop to rock and indie.

Jake, 14, who is a keen a keen actor, hopes the concert will raise as much money as possible towards the newly formed Pheonix Youth Theatre, an all-inclusive group which will bring together able bodied and disabled children together through the performing arts.

Jake, who lives in Fleetwood, said: “When I first started it was just our band, another from our school and Solvent Free from Fleetwood High.In the end we had to turn people away!”

“If it goes OK, we may be able to make this a regular event and raise even more money for the youth theatre.”

Jake’s fellow band members are brother Connaire Mulgrew, Andy Buruca and Ashley (Mario) Parkes,

Acts confirmed are: OneFourThree, Jake Mulgrew, The Delirium, Sour Sunrise, Solvent Free, Sam King, Lauren Hope, Daniel Chadwick, Pheonix, Rumour of the Aces, Finesse, The Colours, Danny King and Don’t Start Fires.

Phoenix Youth Theatre will stage its very first workshop session this Friday at the Frank Town Centre, Beach Road, Cleveleys from 6-8pm.

For further details visit the website at www.phoenixyouththeatre.co.uk

Meanwhile, Solvent Free themselves are going from strength to strength.

Members of the five piece group first met while learning to play their instruments at Fleetwood High and, since forming in November, have already featured in several school productions.

They started by learning cover songs but soon moved on to writing their own material, and over the Easter period they were working hard at the Blackpool-based music tuition centre, Play Music Academy, after winning an opportunity to have their own song, Living In Jealousy, professionally recorded.

The song is now to feature on a compilation album of original bands from Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, produced by the Play Music Academy and available to buy from the school.