The launch of the 2012 Allingham Festival Song Contest will take place in Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon tomorrow evening, Thursday 17th May.
Performing at the launch of the prestigious competition will be the highly acclaimed international performers / songwriters Marian Bradfield and Ian Smith. Marian Bradfield has appeared on several Celtic Women and Celtic Tales compilation CDs alongside artists such as Loreena McKennitt, Maire Brennan (Clannad), Hazel O’Connor, Frances Black and Mairead Ni Dhomhnaill. Marian’s current CD “Secret Life of a Woman” has again gathered outstanding reviews and again been added to an ever increasing list of music critics’ favourite albums both in Ireland and the U.S. She has also shared stages at home and abroad with the likes of Altan, The Fureys, Donal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn, Paddy Glacken, Andy Irvine, Jimmy Mc Carthy, Mary Black, Aslan, Keith Donald (Moving Hearts), Kieran Goss and The Chieftains.
Scottish born singer and songwriter Ian Smith has been involved in performing and songwriting both nationally and internationally. He started singing and performing in the folk clubs around Ayrshire and Glasgow alongside talented singers and players such as John Martyn, Gerry Rafferty, Billy Connelly, Gallagher and Lyle, Barbara Dickson, Eddi Reader and other artists of that calibre who were also performing and influenced his style and approach to playing. Since being in Ireland he has played in concert with many well known artists including Paul Brady, Mary Black, Dolores Keane, Maire Brennan and Altan to name a few.
The live final of the song contest will take place on Thursday 8th November, where the winning entry will be selected by a professional judging panel and award the first prize of €1,000.
Full details of the competition will be launched on the night, along with all terms and conditions. Closing date for all applications & submissions is set for August 31st 2012. After the launch full details will be made available here at www.allinghamartsfestival.com.
Tickets to the launch at €10 are now on sale from Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon.