A CELEBRATION of the North-East’s ‘noisy daughters’ will continue with the release of a limited edition vinyl.

Darlington-based collective Tracks has long been devoted to ensuring that women are well represented on the region’s music scene.

They will host the next in their series of Noisy Daughters gigs this Friday and will follow that by releasing an album featuring some of the best female-led acts from the North-East.

The Noisy Daughters initiative aims to tackle obstacles facing female musicians and to encourage more women to become involved in the music industry.

It was launched in a bid to turn around statistics that suggest that the vast majority of gigs and festivals across the UK are failing to shine a spotlight on female musicians.

MUSIC COLLECTIVE: Noisy Daughters is a Tracks initiative. Pictured are Sarah Wilson, David Saunders and Rob Irish.

Workshops and events staged by Noisy Daughters are organised to help restore balance and to ensure that the creative field is not entirely dominated by “male practitioners, male lecturers and male authors.”

The album, which will be released in time for the next International Women’s Day, was part-funded by Darlington for Culture, with support from Butterfly Effect Records.

It showcases acts including Middlesbrough “radge pop” quartet GGAllan Partridge, Darlington acts Zara Ruth and singer-songwriter Eve Conway, Newcastle rapper Kay Greyson and punk act Blom and Durham’s The Girl from Winter Jargon.

Sarah Wilson, from Tracks, said: “We’ve had a couple of Noisy Daughters gigs so far and we want to keep trying to provide a more accessible platform for great female artists to perform.

“We are trying to give them more exposure and hope we can also inspire people in the audience while normalising the idea of having women in bands on the stage.

“We hope that this album will provide a credible platform for artists across the North-East and will help to get them heard – vinyl’s very popular at the moment.

“It will also act as a promotional tool for them and hopefully will see important people in the industry pay attention.”

Ms Wilson said Tracks hoped to secure further funding to extend the Noisy Daughters initiative into 2019, with plans on the horizon to offer support and guidance to artists and those who aspire to be involved with music.

She said: “We hope to inspire more young female artists to take the next steps and get out there, get gigging and get recording.

“There’s still a massive lack of female artists and a lack of women in the industry across the board, whether it’s writers, managers or engineers.

“Women are still not well represented and we are doing what we can to change that.

"We are so lucky to have had the support of Darlington for Culture and Butterfly Effect."

On Friday, November 30, the next Noisy Daughters gig will see Dead Naked Hippies perform at Darlington's Voodoo Café, on Skinnergate.

The Leeds-based 'art punks' will be supported by 80s-inspired goth electronica band Sticky Pearls and darkwave artist Penance Stare.

Tickets are £5 in advance and are available from skiddle.com. Doors open at 8.30pm.

For more information about Tracks and upcoming Noisy Daughters events, visit tracksdarlington.co.uk