Blacklist kids with No Ties launch album

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The Blacklist, a band of talented young musicians from the Borders, will launch their debut album in Galashiels this week.

The band, which consists of seven S3 pupils who previously were struggling to engage with the school community, formed as a result of a Youth Music Initiative (YMI) project run by Impact Arts at Galashiels Academy.

The nine-week project helped the teenagers write, perform and record their own songs, as well as name the band and design the album.

It provided 15 young people with an alternative curriculum, helping to stop their histories of non-attendance, school refusal, and exclusion from classes.

Impact Arts brought in a project co-ordinator, lead music tutor and assistant to deliver the project. The Blacklist will perform songs from the album, No Ties, at 2pm and 4pm in the former YMCA shop in Channel Street, Galashiels, on Saturday. There will also be a chance to view a documentary charting the band’s journey, and signed copies of No Ties will also be on sale.