FamyShanty – Our New Outreach Project

Welcome to FamyShanty 🌟

Bringing families closer together through music is the aim of FamyShanty, a new and exciting out-reach project from Southdowns Music Festival.

Funded by a £9300 grant from Awards for All, the project will start on Saturday 26th March (10 to 11.30am) with the initial venue located at the Regis Centre, Bognor Regis.

Monthly sessions will last for around 90 minutes with experienced music tutors leading mainly primary aged children and their parents in learning songs on ukuleles based around well known Sea Shanties.

`Mikes Music` boss, Mike Bosley, one of the Project partners said: “The last few years have been very difficult for families with the Covid Pandemic and other pressures. So FamyShanty is a way of redressing this and offering something that both parents and their children can enjoy, whilst learning new skills and helping improve their overall well-being. We also plan to use IT to make learning resources available on YouTube and other platforms so that participants can continue learning and practising between physical sessions`.

Roger Nash, Chairman of the Southdowns Music Festival said: “We are incredibly grateful to Awards for All for funding this new project, and over the next couple of months, we will be busy contacting local primary schools to make sure they are as on board as much as possible with FamyShanty as well as publicising the project far and wide. Each music session will be free and ukuleles will be provided courtesy of Mikes Music. The aim will be to build up music skills, ability and self-confidence cumulating in a FamyShanty performance at this September`s Southdowns Music Festival, as well as other possible venues.`

All Covid protocols at any moment in time will be adhered to, and numbers will initially be limited to 30 for health and safety reasons plus making participants feel as comfortable as possible.

To find out more or to get involved, just call/text 07751 594285.

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