Cork songwriter, Barry Tierney, was announced as the winner of the 2011 IMRO sponsored Sean McCarthy Traditional Irish Ballad Competition in Finuge, Co. Kerry on 30th July. Barry took home first prize for his song “A Night in the Graveyard”.
Still only 22, Barry has been the recipient of numerous international songwriting awards including a win in the 2008 Festival4Stars International Songwriting Contest in the Country/Folk/World category for his song “The Rocketboy”.
Throughout his short career, Barry has toured the US and Europe sharing stages with artists such as Mick Flannery and John Spillane, and co-writing with top songwriters including two-time Grammy award winner, Alan Glass.
In July 2010 Barry’s single “Love Is Sweeter than Wine” reached No.1 in the Irish download charts and received widespread airplay throughout Ireland.
Barry is currently recording his debut commercial album with Christian Best (Mick Flannery Band), working with musicians like Freddie White, Wayne Sheehey, Pat Crowley, Hugh Dillon and Brian Hasset. The album, “London to Philadelphia”, is due for release in early 2012.