John Spillane to Perform at the IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition Live Final

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John Spillane has been announced as the special guest at the live final of the 2012 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition taking place this Saturday, 17th November in the Brandon Hotel, Tralee.

Two-time Meteor award winner, John is one of the most accomplished songwriters in Ireland today and has had songs covered by Christy Moore, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon and Sharon Shannon to name but a few. John is renowned for his captivating performances in which he effortlessly flits between beautiful poetry tinged with melancholy to roguish, irreverent Cork humour.

The live final of the 2012 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition will feature performances from the ten finalists selected from over 200 entries across Ireland. The winning songwriter will be presented with a cheque for €1,000 on the night, courtesy of Tralee Chamber Alliance.

The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition takes place as a tribute to the life and music of one of Tralee’s most famous sons. Christie grew up in a house full of music in Tralee and went on to become one of Ireland’s best known singer songwriters. Among his songs which went on to be recorded by other artists were “All The Lies That You Told Me” performed by Frances Black, “Don’t Forget Your Shovel” performed by Christy Moore and “Oh Jealous Heart” performed by Moya Brennan.

The ten finalists in the 2012 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition taking to stage on the night for a chance to win this prestigious prize are:

Ciara Donnelly – Song: Circus

John Buggy – Song: What’s On Your Mind

Colin Deady – Song: Seasons Tide

Christine Deady & Enda Reilly – Song: Follow the Water

Peter Fitzpatrick – Song: This Hometown

Colin Fahy – Song: We’ve Come A long Way

Rachel Barror – Song: Fake Luv

Eli Spring – Song: Make a Wish

Dermot Kelly – Song: The Moon on His Back

Stuart Daly – Song: The Landing Light

Entry to the live final is free of charge, but due to limited capacity, booking is advised. Doors open at 8:30pm.

To reserve a place in the audience, email IMRO at or phone 01 661 4844.

The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest is supported by Tralee Chamber Alliance, Radio Kerry, Tralee Town Council, Kerry’s Eye, Tralee Advertiser, The Troubadour Club and The Brandon Hotel.