Music students tune up to rock two Glasgow venues

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Music students from New College Lanarkshire are getting ready to rock two Glasgow live venues with songs from the jukebox archives.

HND Music students will perform music from the 1950s at the Classic Grand on Jamaica Street on Tuesday, November 1.

Fourteen students split into four bands will showcase their skills in a series of 30-minute sets, giving new life to classic tracks like Mr Sandman, I Got A Woman, I Walk The Line, Hound Dog, All I Have To Do Is Dream and Your Cheatin’ Heart.

The showcase follows on from students performing afternoon gigs recently at two Lanarkshire care homes.

HND Music students took residents of Netherton Court Care Home in Wishaw and Croftbank House in Uddingston on trips down memory lane with their performances earlier this month.

Lecturer Yvonne Tipping, also known as singer-songwriter Tippi and former star of all-girl group The Hedrons, said: “This is a genre of music that our students will not be very familiar with.

“The songs of the 1950s are incredibly well-constructed pop songs that are actually very difficult to play; it’s a real challenge for them.

“The harmonic arrangement, the rhythms and tempo are all demanding – and because they’re typically shorter songs, there are more to perform within a 30-minute set.”

Tickets for the HND Music Showcase are priced £3 and the gig begins at 7.30pm.

Meanwhile, HNC Music students from the College are warming up to perform at Ivory Blacks on Oswald Street in Glasgow on Tuesday, November 22.

The 27 students will wind the clock back to the 1970s to showcase their talents.

Tickets are also priced £3 and the gig begins at 7pm.

The line-up of the bands is changed around five times during the academic year to give students the experience of working with different people. The gigs form part of an assessed live performance unit.

Yvonne Tipping added: “It’s very refreshing to hear music students performing songs from the 1950s and 1970s.

“These gigs also allow our students to work with sound engineers, lighting, front of house and security.

“If they are doing a rock or pop tour then they need to know how to set up in a different venue every night."

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