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Rural Key Project

Our goal is to ensure that young people from rural areas with musical and creative talent and potential have opportunities to develop their talent.

Rural Key Tuition – 

The award winning ‘Rural Key’ is an access progression programme for young people for recreational and education/career development opportunities. Weekly lessons are available at the Cornstore in acoustic/electric/bass guitar, drums, piano, djing and singing. One to one and group lessons available on a Monday, Wednesday,Thursday and Saturday.

Rural Key Creative Development –  Saturday afternoons is creative development time with workshops covering songwriting, music production, performance, recording, music business, marketing, filming, photography, event management. With 3 CDS of original compositions produced and many past participants going on to work within the music and creative industries this is the place to be if you want to optimise your creative potential.

Rural Key Creative Development alumni include –
Shauna Tohill (Silhouette) – “My expectations were met and exceeded, they go out of their way to help peoples creativity flourish…In one sentence, my experience with Glasgowbury has been (and is) such a fantastic one – they have given me the confidence to be who I am today as a musician (and a person)”.

John Gribbin (New York based Building Pictures) – “I am making music that I am proud of and this is something that the Rural Key Project and Glasgowbury inspired me to do”

Shea Tohill (The Wood Burning Savages) – “Glasgowbury/The Rural Key has provided complete inspiration, encouragement and great advice, loads of tea, opportunities to get involved in music, playing great gigs, meeting new people and forming new friendships. They bring great music and culture to a rural area and have given me knowledge of the music industry that I can use throughout my musical life”
Sarah O’Kane (Channel 4) – “The Glasgowbury team were essential in mentoring me in just how the media industry worked and what opportunities were available for me”


Percussion / Drumming

Drumming lessons provided by Fionnbharr Ó hÁgain, he has 12 years playing experience in a variety of styles including orchestral, funk, blues and rock throughout Ireland, the UK, Europe and India. Lessons cater for all ages from beginner to intermediate level covering a foundation in several styles to improve technique and improve overall co-ordination. For those who wish to gain qualifications and UCAS points we can offer tuition through the Rockschool syllabus. Fionnbharr is also band leader of the Small But Massive Samba Band.


Acoustic and electric guitar lessons are provided by Shea Tohill. Shea has been playing the guitar for almost 10 years and is now studying for a degree in Commercial Modern Music at music college BIMM Dublin. He is lead guitarist in The Wood Burning Savages and Dublin based band Orchid Collective. He has gigged with these bands throughout Ireland and the UK including a slot on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury. Lessons range from beginner to advanced and focus on technique, music theory and learning songs. For those who wish to obtain grades and UCAS points we can offer tuition through the Rockshool Syllabus.

Guitar lessons for older youth and adults are facilitated by Liam Mc Guigan. Having studied Music Business and Technology at Derry’s Nerve Centre Liam has been tutoring acoustic guitar for over 10 years. He plays guitar, harmonica and vocals with the popular band, Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas. Currently recording their third album the band has vast performance experience with UK and Ireland gigs and festival slots and sell out headline and support shows including the Millennium Forum and Ulster Hall. Tuition includes learning chords, chord progression and technique, song structures, learning songs and jam sessions.

Guitar lessons for younger students are facilitated by Gemma Bradley a young, local, singer/songwriter. Despite her young years Gemma has played gigs and festivals throughout the country. She was a finalist in the 2013 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Writing competition with the song, ‘The Old Country’ co-written with the renowned Paddy Nash. Gemma has also won the Best Youth/Under 18 category of the City of Culture/Resonate music video contest with her song ‘Wicker Men’. The same song, performed by Belfast band, The Leftbacks, was awarded best song at the Irish Youth Music Awards 2014. Releasing her first EP in the near future Gemma loves to play guitar, sing and wear woolly hats!


Local DJ and BTEC DJ Technology and Performance lecturer, Ryan Gallagher shares his experience and knowledge with aspiring DJs. Ryan is an accomplished champion of the club scene from playing the most iconic clubs in Ibiza, to holding a host of impressive residencies and having guest appearances across the UK and Ireland. Tuition covers – Djing techniques – mixing, beat matching, fading, cuts, spin backs etc; music selection, specialist DJ software and hardware, helping students develop their own style and master classes for those already behind the decks.


Tutors for workshops vary according to the specific workshop and are selected from our pool of experienced musicians and industry professionals.