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She started dancing to that fine fine music, you know her life was saved by rock and roll. Lou Reed

Turntable uses multiple art forms to connect, reach out and share experiences with individuals and communities in an exploration of the ways in which music can enrich our lives.

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. Maya Angelou

One of Turntable’s key objectives is to combat loneliness & isolation experienced by the young and old across Scotland and UK. Last year the Office for National Statistics found Britain to be the loneliness capital of Europe. This social isolation epidemic is most often considered a problem for the elderly, however it’s important to note that it’s not just older people that are affected. A report by the Mental Health Foundation in 2014 found loneliness to be a greater concern among young people than the elderly.

In pursuing this objective, Turntable intends to reclaim music as a communal experience whilst also celebrating each participant’s individual relationship with the key songs & albums in their lives.

Turntable is created by musician, composer and artist Michael John McCarthy, with backing tracks by collaborative artists, designer Rachel O’Neil, writer Martin O’Connor and producer Alice McGrath. Turntable is produced by Red Bridge Arts and is working with the SMHAFF to develop the project and connect with audiences across Scotland.


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