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New Album Seeks to Break Down Barriers


Reality Boots’ Breaking Barriers Album Launch Thursday 29 September, 7pm to 9pm, Cluny 2 On Thursday 29 September at 7pm music-lovers are being invited to head to Cluny 2 in Newcastle’s Ouseburn to celebrate the launch of Breaking Barriers the new album by Skimstone Arts’ band Reality Boots.

Formed in 2013 Reality Boots is made up of talented members of Skimstone Arts’ Young Artist Collective, each with unique experiences, who have created a back catalogue of powerful songs inspired by strong themes. Showcasing passionate individual voices Reality Boots’ third album Breaking Barriers features fierce, gentle, powerful and haunting catchy chords of inclusion and inspiration. Visitors to this special free event at Cluny 2 will be treated to an eclectic mix of tracks from the album performed by the band as they are joined on stage by special guests.

As band leader Nicole Davis explains: “Following our successful Brighter Day 2022 North East tour Reality Boots is super excited to be heading back on stage to perform tracks from our new album. What makes this evening even more special is that we will be joined by friends from Standing Upright in North Tyneside and Musinc in Middlesborough as well as musician Kema Sikazwe who have all collaborated with us to create new songs for the album.”

In August and September 2022 over 20 young musicians from across the North East of England headed to Blank Studios in Newcastle to record 12 new tracks which explore themes including loss, healing and the environment. Supported by studio manager Chris McManus and engineer Josh, this talented group young musicians were able to experience what it was like to be in a recording studio, many for the first time.

Peter Saaremets, Lead Musician at Skimstone Arts said: “The message of Reality Boots is one of community and of working together to make change. The band practices what they preach by pooling the considerable skills of every

singer, musician and writer in the band to create excellent music with these themes at the centre. The album launch will be a chance for supporters of young musicians to enjoy an evening of powerful songs infused with various genres aimed at getting the body moving and the mind thinking.”

Skimstone Arts’ actively-inclusive approach means that Reality Boots has provided opportunities for less-represented groups including people who face challenges with struggling mental health, illness and poverty working alongside people with lived- experiences seeking asylum and refugee status.

The Breaking Barriers Album Launch, which will take place on Thursday 29 September from 7pm to 9pm at Cluny 2 in Newcastle, has been made possible with public funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England, Youth Music and Community Foundation Tyne & Wear. The event is free, donations are welcomed. Find out more about Reality Boots here.

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