Niamh Castlepalooza (2)Niamh Murphy (aka Foxglove) has proven herself to have a notable stage presence, having taken third place in the Performance category at this year’s International Songwriting Competition. With over 20,000 entries from almost 120 countries there was no shortage of talent to choose from but it was the Cork-based artist who turned the judges’ heads and scooped the bronze. Past category winners include Gotye, The Band Perry, Amanda Palmer, Passenger, Andrew Bird and many more.

A wealth of industry knowledge was on hand to select the cream of this year’s crop with judges including Tom Waits, Susanne Vega, Robert Smith and Bernie Taupin in a stellar list along with other notable composers and artists as well as record label presidents and other industry leaders.

Niamh’s song ‘Shields of Fire’ was selected as one of the top submissions in her category. She posted this personal message about the win:

” I’m absolutely thrilled with this result! To think that there were so many entries and my song ‘Shields of Fire’ was chosen to come third in the performance category is just great. Writing songs is a wonderful thing to be doing and very enjoyable; and I can’t seem to stop doing it! Nods of approval like these are very appreciated and encouraging!”

You can follow Niamh/Foxglove online at her Facebook, Soundcloud and Breaking Tunes accounts.

There is currently an open call for submissions to the International Songwriting Competition 2014. Should you wish to follow in Niamh’s footsteps, you can enter here.

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