Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition 2017

One of the biggest original song contests in Ireland, The Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition 2017 is now open for entries.

And to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Clancy Brothers Festival, they are launching ‘A Song for Carrick’, a new competition category inviting songwriters to submit songs about or connected to Carrick-on-Suir, the home of the Clancy Brothers.

Both competitions are free to enter and open to all musical styles and genres, all ages and all nationalities. As long as it is a song, it is eligible for entry. Songs are judged on melody, composition, originality and lyrics, not on performance or production skills.

It is easy to enter, either by sending an MP3 by through the website or on a CD by post. You can enter one song in each category, (however you may only enter one song per category, and it must be a different song for each category).

This Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition is designed with the songwriter in mind. First prize includes €500 cash sponsored by IMRO, studio time at Crossroads Recording in Kilkenny, and CD duplication from Duplication Ireland. With these prizes the winner will be all set for the next step in their songwriting career.

The three finalists will perform their song at a concert during the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art 2017 as part of a 15 minute set, (date and venue to be confirmed), after which the winner will be announced. The two runners up also receive cash prizes of €250 each so no one leaves empty handed.

Take Carrick-on-Suir as your theme and enter ‘A Song for Carrick’…It could be a song about Carrick-on-Suir, a love song based in the town, a song about Carrick-on-Suir’s setting beneath the Comeraghs and Slievenamon, or about someone from Carrick-on-Suir such as Black Tom, Seán Kelly, Maurice Davin or even the Clancy Brothers themselves…the possibilities are endless.

The finalists will perform their song at a concert during the Clancy Brothers Festival, (date and venue to be confirmed), after which the winner will be announced. First prize is €200 and the two runners up will also receive cash prizes of €50, sponsored by the Carrick-on-Suir Business Association and the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art.

Entries to both competitions can be posted on a CD to Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition, The Tudor Artisan Hub, 42 Main Street, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, or submitted in MP3 format via the website at All entries must include lyrics and contact details. Please mark clearly which competition you are entering. For full details please go to

Closing date for entries is April 14th, 2017.

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