Yvette Young Performance

We were excited to have the talented Yvette Young all the way from California perform a set and answer questions for our guitar group recently. Yvette has made a name for herself as a unique songwriter and respected guitarist. She has toured all over the world and is endorsed by Strandberg Guitarworks and EMG Pickups. Here are some words she had to say about the importance of guitar in her life;

I took up guitar to do something for myself. I guess a lot of people don’t know but I actually taught myself guitar in a hospital. I was really sick and I was stuck there for like a year and I wanted a way to vent my emotions. I was really depressed at the time so a lot of my lyrics were real bleak but I firmly maintain that if I didn’t have guitar or song writing as an out let I would probably not be here today”I took up guitar to do something for myself. I guess a lot of people don’t know but I actually taught myself guitar in a hospital. I was really sick and I was stuck there for like a year and I wanted a way to vent my emotions. I was really depressed at the time so a lot of my lyrics were real bleak but I firmly maintain that if I didn’t have guitar or song writing as an out let I would probably not be here today

The next final project including performance and visual arts viewing is on 13th December at St Andrews in the square. We encourage all to come and see the fabulous achievements of the previous 10 weeks.

Visual Arts at Theatre Nemo

Further to the success of the August performance the Visual Arts group are pressing forward with their Theatre Nemo journey under the guidance of facilitator Rachel. The group has been exploring the medium of simple paper and created a wonderful collection of 3 dimensional objects, abstract sculpture and beautiful light boxes. These projects are interactive and have introduced new skills to the group.

“I am one of the visual art facilitators at Theatre Nemo. For the last 10 weeks I have been working with an amazing group of people…
Although these projects are very beautiful and it’s such an achievement to show case them in this fab setting, I would like to emphasise how important the journey of the workshops are. People not only want to come, for some it’s vital!”
Rachel

The tutors and volunteers encourage regular feedback from attendees to insure the workshops are beneficial and we are constantly improving.
One group member expressed that if he knew he had regular workshops, indefinitely, he’s pretty sure it would help to keep him well. He also expressed that it’s an opportunity for people to be in an environment by where they can support each other.
Another attendee expressed that they felt they could talk freely about the daily challenges of suffering from poor mental health, without feeling under the spotlight.

This feedback resonates the fact that mental health issues are still a very taboo subject for the mainstream and how important the workshops that Theatre Nemo offer, actually are. These workshops are not only beneficial (and sometimes vital) to attendees but also for family members and their support network. The feedback from Visual Arts workshops have included helping attendees that are shy/withdrawn or who have a difficulty expressing themselves within social situations to improve ability to express emotion and communicate effectively.

Funding and volunteers are vital to the ongoing progress in Theatre Nemo. This input will not only provide us with an opportunity to explore new artistic avenues and encourage new attendees, it will also increase visibility for us and our business contacts. This financial and artistic input insures that we are on track to achieve our goals of helping to improve Glasgow’s mental health and putting on a fabulous final project!

The next final project including performance and visual arts viewing is on 13th December at St Andrews in the square. We encourage all to come and see the fabulous achievements of the previous 10 weeks.

 

 

Dan Stevenson Performance

We were very lucky to have the talented guitarist and touring musician Dan Stevenson along to perform and discuss his approach to guitar at our Tuesday guitar group last week. He was able to introduce the group to some really interesting ways of experimenting and exploring creative ways of making sounds on your guitar. Dan also shared some insight into his relationship with guitar and his metal health/ Well being:

“Music and running are the two things I do to keep my head straight. If I don’t do those two things I end up in a pretty crappy place. I’ve definitely always needed something to anchor myself a bit in terms of well-being. I actually found that out by accident, I went through an episode a couple of years ago where I was just having a really bad time. I went to go talk to someone who advised me to do something that gets a lot of negativity out of your system. Picking up the guitar a lot more and playing songs and playing with bands as well as running has really helped. I feel like if I didn’t have those two things I would be in a very different place so I think it’s really important to have things like that.”

We will be putting up some video footage of Dan’s performance soon!


John “Sideshow Man” at INSTALL 2

This footage was taking from our showcase (Install 2) in August. It was one of Johns first ever performances on his own here is some of what he had to say about the experience:

“It was good to be able to perform and I was really chuffed to be asked to represent the group. I felt that by performing my own song I was able to show what the guitar club is about. When I started the group I guess I was just looking for something that would get me back on the path to getting out there and socialising with people again. Throughout my time in the group I feel like my confidence has increased both through noticing my improvement on guitar and positive reinforcement from the tutor and other members along the way. The fact that I’ve got to the point where I am writing my own songs on the guitar and happy enough with them to showcase them to an audience shows what can be achieved if you get involved with something like the guitar club. Also in a sense I was proud to show that what Isabel (co-founder of Theatre Nemo) started almost 20 years ago! On the night of the performance I felt really nervous but I’m glad I did it as I got lots of positive feedback”