Success for music project

NEW bands using a rehearsal space in Bo’ness are set to take on a larger stage.

Falkirk Council heard on Wednesday that bands using the Music Room at Bo’ness Recreation Centre will have the opportunity to play the Big in Falkirk festival in May.

A report to the full Council said the rehearsal space, launched in September 2007, had been a success – with a high uptake from local groups. The space is run by the Council in partnership with local musician Craig Hannah, who runs the Cozy Blanket Young Music Project.

A report by the Council’s director of community services, Maureen Campbell, said the Music Room provided local young people with a good rehearsal space to write and rehearse music. There were also regular gigs in the Recreation Centre’s lesser hall. In addition, the young musicians also received support and mentoring.

Ms Campbell said: "The new bands that have formed due to The Music Room sessions are being given the opportunity to play the Fringe Tent event at Big in Falkirk 2009. And more local gigs are planned to raise funds for new equipment."

She added: "There are also plans to organise a large celebratory event in October 2009 at Bo’ness Town Hall to mark the anniversary of the Music Room."

Bo’ness Labour Councillor Adrian Mahoney – who attended the launch of the project – said: "There’s a lot of young talent in the community and it’s great to see a project like this being so successful."

To book The Music Room, or to find out more, please contact Elaine Craig at Falkirk Council on 01324 503741 or email

The Music Room also has its own webpage at

To find out more about Big in Falkirk – and the range of other local events to mark the 2009 year of Homecoming – visit



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