Resonate Recording Project

Listen to 73-year-old Kathleen Tracey singing 'Noreen Bawn' after a visit to the Nerve Centre in Derry~Londonderry

Throughout 2013, the Nerve Centre, in association with Blast Furnace Recording Studio, will deliver Resonate, an ambitious recording initiative, which will capture the musical talent, energy and spirit of Derry~Londonderry during 2013.

By providing a range of recording opportunities – such as locally-based professional facilities and roving, mobile ‘pop-up’ recording studios – Resonate will record the music being performed in the city throughout 2013, including collaborations between national and international, established and emerging artists.

An online portal will provide an interactive showcase for all the music recorded and will culminate in a live showcase of the most popular recordings from the project, including a bespoke CD release and the unveiling of the city’s 'Christmas Number 1'.

One of the projects first official recordings feature 73-year-old Kathleen Tracey singing an an unaccompanied version of the traditional Irish song, 'Noreen Bawn'. From the Waterside, Tracey had never recorded a song in her life but was determined to leave something for her children to remember her by.

So with some trepidation, she ventured into one of the Nerve Centre's free recording sessions as part of Resonate. In just two takes and without a backing track, Tracey, who has had no formal music training, nailed a poignant version of 'Noreen Bawn'. Listen to the song, and an interview with Tracey, via the Soundcloud player above.

Visit the Nerve Centre website for more information.