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Help Oh Yeah Rediscover the Maritime Blues Club

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The Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast is appealing for Maritime Blues Club images and stories for the second part of a project involving reminiscence workshops, performances and a legacy document.

The club which opened in 1964 and became know as the birthplace of Belfast Blues, also famously nurtured legends like THEM, Van Morrison, Gary Moore and Eric Bell.

The aim of the project known as Maritime Blue Notes is to document and celebrate one of Belfast’s most exciting eras told through the eyes of the people that experienced the club in the 1960s.

The project is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Arts and Older People fund. It began earlier this year with a series of workshops in residential care homes and day centres. The aim of the first series of workshops was to reach out to older people that may not have access to or participate in music the way they may have done in the past. Some of the participants suffer from dementia and the music and conversation during the sessions have helped to trigger memories, other times the enjoyment and familiarity of the songs have been key to the session.

Project Manager Paul Kane said ‘We’ve just scratched the surface with this project. We’ve heard some incredible stories, but there’s so much more to hear.  We’re entering the second phase now and would like to appeal for more people to come forward with memories and photographs of the Maritime. We really want to add to the story of the building and its history and not lose these valuable memories’

In 2014 Oh Yeah celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Maritime with a sell out event that involved former members of the band THEM.
In 2013 Oh Yeah also delivered an Arts and Older People project called ‘In The Mood’ centred around the music the American Troops brought to Belfast with them during World War II.
Oh Yeah plan to host reminiscence workshops across August and September. The events will be free through a registration process and will involve light refreshments.

If you would like to attend one of the workshops please contact Paul Kane at paul@ohyeahbelfast.com for further information.

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