The Magy's Farm Collective was set up by husband and wife team Dr. Linley Hamilton and Maggie Doyle. Maggie is a former Editor of Music at BBC Radio Ulster and Linley a University Lecturer in Music at Magee, BBC Jazz broadcaster and established trumpet player.
The two operate a music space at their farm in County Down, where they provide opportunities for musicians to play, rehearse, record and perform.
In July 2020 they established the Collective, designed to bring elite talent to the next level and secure pathways into the industry for the most gifted young performers.
We joined them for part of their expansive, engaging and unique project in the summer of 2021.
Five new artists have been making their first steps under the guidance and care of Linley & Maggie, making recordings, live sessions, debut gigs, songwriting sessions and more.
We hosted each artist to explore, produce and mix two singles, hopefully providing them new ideas and inspiration as they begin their journeys into music.
The Magy's Farm Collective are:
Cara Q Writing songs about memories, collecting snapshots and painting them into pictures as she layers her vocals upon bedroom pop productions with guitar, organ and beats.
Clodagh May is a singer/songwriter from Derry. She mixes distorted guitars and big choruses with honest, pierced lyrics. She has assembled a live band and is preparing for debut gigs and releases.
LÁRA hails from Donegal. She began crafting her own indie folk songs, blending Irish, American & European influences to tell tales of heartbreak, excitement and adventure. She has been involved in Magy's Farm, performing live and taking part in 21 Artists, working on tracks with a range of producers and musicians.
Niamh Murray has a timeless voice. She only began writing her own songs recernly, after years of classical performance. She draws influence from across the ages of modern music, arriving at something unique as she explores her artistry. She has already released her debut single, produced by Strabane legend Peter Doherty as part of the Magy's Farm project. She also sold out her debut performance as part of the CQAF in Belfast and has received support from BBC Introducing.
Rhian Brownlow writes important, mesmerising songs. Her vocal floats and weaves itself together in layers, transforming into something more than the some its parts. She has been recording with Michael Mormecha as well as two tracks here with us, forming a sound and a message to take to the world.
We have been delighted to assist the collective with just a small part of their activities during this time. The project has been delivered in association with Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast and funded by NI Screen.