It’s a beautiful sunny day over Dublin and it is also the first day of our first ever songwriting camp. Over the next 3 days we have some of Ireland’s finest young songwriting talent at work in different locations in the city. From here on we are running the camps every month and already have the studio space and accommodation booked until early 2018. We are starting small, with approx 20 writers and we’re not making a song and dance of it (forgive the pun!), the plan is to learn as we go along and constantly improve and help the writers with us create great work. Next month will be bigger, and the month after will be bigger again. I can see our songwriting camps becoming an important part of what we do, for both our own talent and for songwriters coming from abroad to work with us.
As I write I can hear the strains of a song that Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Janet Grogan are putting together, as they sit outside enjoying a break in the sun. It is incredibly satisfying to hear such high quality music being brought to life within the cocoon we have created for writers.
Song 1, day 1, camp 1. Many, many more to come.