Strumming Success!

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Strumming Success!

When sorting out the new merchandise and putting it in to the bag to take to a gig we found this artical in a book in the merch bag and thought we would share it with everyone else! The article is about when Rob joined The Outsiders!

The text below is what was written in the article…

When I found out I’d got a place I was very exited!

Robert let his musical talents do the talking as he strummed his way to rock/pop success in a novel competition.

People with learning disabilities travelled from far and wide to compete for a chance of developing their talents and achieving fame in the music industry.

After wowing the judges with his rendition of Led Zepellin track, Robert, who has Down’s syndrome, went on to secure a much sought after place in “The Outsiders”, a newly formed band for people with learning disabilities.

Robert said: “When I found out I’d got a place I was very excited. I love playing the guitar, and the drums, but never done anything like this before.”

Since coming together The Outsiders have been learning more about the music business, marketing themselves as musicians and recording a CD, much to the delight og our rising star.

Robert said: “Recording a CD was very special. I’ve always liked listening and playing music, but to listen to my own music on a CD is different – and great!”

Using the same recording studio as local success stories the Kaiser Chiefs and the Pigeon Detectives, The Outsiders hope to follow in their idols footsteps and achieve fame on the music scene.

Roberts success has gone down a storm with staff and residents at Ilkley Supported Accommodation where he is based.

Dr Yvonne Smith, Assistant Manager at Keighley and Ilkley Supported Accomodation , said: “ Everybody here is so proud of Roberts achievement. He is a very talented individual and we are absolutely delighted that he has gained this opportunity to stardom.”

‘The Outsiders’, made up of 10 band members, recently performed live infront of an audience at the Carriageworks Theatre in the heart of Leeds, cheered on by family and friends.

The project has been funded by a grant from the Learning Revolution, and is run by Connect in the North, Let Rip and Standpoint.

You can check on the bands progress by visiting