The ten finalists in this year’s IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest are set to be announced this Thursday, 24th October live on PLAYIRISH Radio (www.playirish.ie) at 8.00pm. The special show will feature the finalists’ original compositions alongside hits from Christie Hennessy and Mundy, who will be this year’s special guest artist at the final on 2nd November in The Ashe Hotel, Tralee.
The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition takes place as a tribute to the life and music of one of Tralee’s most famous sons. The ten finalists were selected from over 250 entries and will perform their original songs in front of a live audience and a panel of expert judges. The winning songwriter will be presented with a cheque for €1,000 on the night, courtesy of CARA Credit Union while the runner up receives a cheque for €300. The winner of the competition will also receive a media campaign courtesy of Yangaroo Music Ireland.
The final takes place on Saturday 2nd November in the Ashe Hotel Tralee from 8.00pm featuring a special guest performance from Mundy. Entry to the final is free. Email ei.ormi@stneve to reserve a seat.
PLAYIRISH Radio was launched earlier this year by IASCA, to showcase the sheer volume of music created by Irish artists. They are proud to provide a showcase channel for all genres of Irish music, and host genre specific shows at 7pm most evenings. They have partnered with established music events like the IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest, Fleadh Cheoil and have programmed artist takeovers by The Coronas, Mark McCabe (dance), All Tvvins, Fangclub (rock) and The Metal Cell Podcast, with Hip Hop, Trad, Folk and Classical takeovers all in progress. The aim is to grow the station internationally in 2020. Lend them your ears at www.playirish.ie