2013 STUC Unions into Schools Songs Festival

November 28th 2013



10.30 AM – 3.45 PM

Schools from around Scotland will be gathering at the STUC in Glasgow to take part in the 2013 STUC Unions into Schools Songs Festival tomorrow (Friday 29 November 2013). This is the second song writing festival to be held at the STUC, established to encourage and nurture aspiring songwriters and performers to write and perform songs on the themes of justice and equality.

The Festival which will be opened by EIS General Secretary, Larry Flanagan, and will have contributions from a panel of expert guests including Jerry Dammers, (writer of Ghost Town and Free Nelson Mandela) and Rab Noakes who will give advice and guidance to Scotland’s young songwriters. Rab Noakes will be Chairing the event.

STUC Deputy General Secretary Dave Moxham said

“We are delighted to welcome school students from all over Scotland to the STUC to let us hear their musical interpretations of the justice and equality issues challenging society today.

“The STUC has welcomed the contribution of our affiliate unions in delivering our ‘Unions into Schools’ classroom sessions and event debates and we see this Festival as a welcome extension of our work in schools. The quality of our pilot Festival songs was excellent and I’m sure this year’s contributors will again excel.

“I look forward to hearing all the contributions.”

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Cardinal Newman High Dalkeith High Hillpark Secondary & Hillpark Young Co-op

One Big Drum (Several members of the group are school students at Golspie High School and Golspie Primary School. Other members are no longer at school but previously attended Dornoch Academy, Kinlochbervie High School, St. Duthus School in Tain, and Highlands School in Enfield).

The NOISE Project (Some members of the group attend Golspie High School or Golspie Primary School. Some of the older members previously went to school at Dornoch Academy or Golspie High School).


A panel of artists and trade union representatives, comprising of

Chair: Rab Noakes, Musicians’ Union

Jerry Dammers (founder of 2Tone Records)

Soom T (singer/songwriter who plays rap and reggae toasting to techno robotic and gospel)

Qyeen, Northern Xposure (founder of Youth on the Fringe)

Dave Hook from Stanley Odd

Kirk Richardson (EIS Instrumental Music Teachers’ Network)

Ron Cowie (Education Scotland representative)

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