Tell us about your project
Castaway WEA Music is a music workshop group that meet weekly to create, rehearse and perform their own music. The group consists of 2 music leaders, 17 members, 2 support workers and 3 volunteers playing a variety of different instruments from guitar and drums to Marimba and Djembes. Funded by a partnership of the WEA and Castaway Music Theatre.
“It’s something good for us to do, if we didn’t have this we’d be bored”
What are you trying to do?
With our 2 most recent songs, we try to challenge any preconceptions people may have on what a music group made up of adults with learning difficulties can or can’t do. We want our voices to be heard!
What makes it different to other projects?
“It’s something new, making new songs and learning new skills, you can learn an instrument you’ve never had chance to play before.”
Why do you see yourself as punks in the community?
We hold the same values as Punks in the Cumminty, keeping it punk by having a DIY approach and Working out how to do things as we go.
What’s your top tip for ‘keeping it punk’ and making a difference to people’s lives?
Do things differently, challenging people’s views, make the music you want to make.
Could you give us a quote or two from some of the people who benefit from your project?
“The music is good, it brings everyone together.”
“This group are the best. We see ourselves as an Awesome family.”
“I can play bass better now and it helps with my coordination”
What other groups inspire you?
Flobots – A Hip-Hop band from Denver, Colorado. We used a chorus from one of their songs, ‘Sleeping Giant’ and wrote our own spoken word verses to it. They do a lot of work in communities through music.
Mind The Gap – England’s largest learning disabled Theatre company
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