FEW folk have done more than Sean McGinty when it comes to promoting local bands.
Not content with setting up rehearsal rooms and recording studios and generally encouraging any young musician in the area, McGinty also backs the music scene through his radio show on BBC Radio Lancashire.
Tomorrow his BBC Introducing show moves to a new time-slot - 8pm-10pm, every Saturday.
A fierce supporter of music and local talent throughout the region, but especially in his hometown of Blackpool, McGinty’s programme is dedicated to supporting unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musicians from across Lancashire.
It gives local bands a platform to get their music out to a wider audience - and one artist who has gone on to mainstream success after appearing on BBC Introducing in 2006 is Blackpool’s Karima Francis.
Other artists who have performed live in the BBC Introducing studio include the town’s Rae Morris. When the songwriter/pianist first contacted BBC Introducing, she had only been writing songs for six months. She first appeared on the show in 2010 and her album - tipped for huge things - is due out later this year.
“I’ve been genuinely blown away by the huge amount of talent there is in Lancashire,” said McGinty.
“For a small population, there are a lot of creative people out there. It’s amazing and humbling to see artists go on to success.
“The move to Saturday nights will give us more opportunity to get out and about in venues where there are live bands playing and we’ll continue to invite live bands into the studio each week.”
BBC Introducing shows feature on all local BBC stations and other bands who have hit the big-time after appearing include The Ting Tings, Florence and the Machine, Two Door Cinema Club and Chipmunk.
McGinty’s show starts at 8 tomorrow on 95.5, 103.9 and 104.5FM. BBC Radio Lancashire is also available on 885 and 1557 MW, DAB and via the BBC iPlayer.
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