Bombskare and Lorraine McCauley & The Borderlands are teaming up to put on a unique music event – Push the Boat Out – on Friday July 13th at a boat building workshop in Govan, The GalGael Trust. Among the benches and boats this creative workshop will be transformed into a live music venue for 200 people to enjoy the folk songs of Lorraine McCauley, topped off with an explosive live performance by Bombskare, Scotland’s top Ska band.

For the past fifteen years, the GalGael, have been an anchor point in Govan around which local people are re-kindling skills, community and a sense of purpose. One of the ways in which they have achieved this is through involving the community in building and sailing traditional boats. It was these traditional boats that attracted the attention of the very talented Lorraine McCauley & The Borderlands. With a new album coming out they wanted to film a music video on board for the track Stepping Stones. The band visited GalGael’s workshops in Fairley Street last year with an impromptu performance for the trainees and the idea for a benefit gig was born.

For the last six of GalGael’s fifteen years their work has taken place through their unique programme; Navigate Life. Navigate Life offered a workbench, tools and respect as the basis of a restorative journey lasting 12 weeks. In the past six years, 445 people made that journey with 202 people acquiring an SVQ certificate – for many their first qualification. Participants were in no doubt about the impact that the experience had on their lives; ‘I felt like a different person… I looked forward to getting up and out every day; I had a reason to keep going for the first time in years’

Despite the programme’s successes, Navigate Life came to an end in April this year with funding cuts. Lorraine and the Borderlands offer of a benefit became more necessary to help ensure GalGael were able to continue their unique brand of social innovation. Lorraine drafted in friends Bombskare, Scotland’s 9-man ska band to pull together a night that will be a one-off music event – Push the Boat Out – in amongst the boats and benches of GalGael’s workshop.
Tickets on sale at http://galgaelpushtheboatout.eventbrite.com , Coda Music, Edinburgh and at The GalGael, 15 Fairley Street, Govan G51 2SN.

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