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Former Undertones star praises South Yorkshire college

Feargal Sharkey  talks to students and staff in one of Barnsley Colleges music studios.

Feargal Sharkey talks to students and staff in one of Barnsley Colleges music studios.

Recording technology at Barnsley College is more advanced than the studio used to create one of the greatest rock songs of all time – according to its lead singer.

Former Undertones front man Feargal Sharkey – who sang the classic Teenage Kicks – visited the campus in his role at patron of this year’s Live in Barnsley music festival.

Now involved in music industry management, Feargal was joined on his college tour by MPs Dan Jarvis and Michael Dugher.

They looked at the purpose-built recording studios, which include industry standard Pro-Tools equipment, talked to music students and listened to some of their songs.

Feargal said: “The college’s music facilities are utterly fantastic. I’ve seen hit records made in studios less equipped than this.

“When I recorded the Teenage Kicks EP with the Undertones we did it in a very small studio in just eight hours at a cost of £100. The technology available now makes recording so much easier, I’m genuinely excited and deeply impressed with the facilities.”

Mr Jarvis said: “Meeting Feargal seemed to give the students a real insight into what’s possible in the music industry.”

 

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