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IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest 2016

Entries are now open for the annual IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition 2016 which takes place in memory of one of Tralee’s most famous sons. Songwriters are invited to submit an audio link to their entry by email to ei.ormi@pihsrebmem before the deadline of Wednesday 21st September (NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL AUDIO FILE ATTACHMENTS).

Ten finalists will be selected to perform their song at the live final of the contest on Saturday 26th November in The Rose Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry, with the winning songwriter being presented with a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of IMRO and Tralee Credit Union. A runner up prize of €300 will also be presented on the night.

A Tralee native, Christie Hennessy began his music career at a young age when he moved to London, playing in clubs by night and working on building sites during the day. He started writing songs at the age of 23 and went on release numerous platinum selling albums.

Christie’s songs were later recorded by artists such as Christy Moore (“Don’t Forget Your Shovel”), Frances Black (“All The Lies That You Told Me”), Moya Brennan (“Oh Jealous Heart”) and Nizlopi, who reached Christmas Number 1 in UK and Ireland in 2005 with their hit “JCB Song”, sampling Christie’s lyrics from “Don’t Forget Your Shovel”.

IMRO are also delighted to announce John Spillane as the special guest performer at the live final. 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.

Previous winners of the IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest have included Paul McDonnell, Dave Molloy, Alan Kavanagh, Enda Reilly / Christine Deady and Míde Houlihan.

The deadline for entries is Wednesday 21st September and successful finalists will be notified by Friday 7th October.

CHRISTIE HENNESSY SONG COMPETITION 2016

RULES OF ENTRY
1. The lyrics and music must be the original work of the songwriter (s).
2. The competition is open to all types of song, in any style – ballad, country, pop, rock etc.
3. Songs may be entered in either the English or Irish language.
4. The competition is open to national and international songwriters.
5. Songwriters may only enter one song for consideration.
6. Entries will not be returned – all songwriters should retain a copy of their song submission.
7. Entries can be submitted via an online link to your song to ei.ormi@pihsrebmem (NOTE: Please do not email audio file attachments) or on a CD by post to the address below. All entries must be accompanied by a copy of the lyrics; typed or clearly written.
8. Finalists will be notified by Friday 7th October 2016.
9. The provisional adjudication will be on the basis of the tracks submitted, from which 10 finalists will be chosen.
10. Each of the 10 finalists will be invited to take part in a live concert in Tralee on Saturday 26th November 2016. Backing tracks are not permitted for this performance.
11. Each songwriter will be responsible for providing the singer and/or group for his/her entry in the final at his/her own expense.
12. A first prize of €1,000 will be presented to the winning songwriter on the night of the final. A runner-up prize of €300 will be presented to the second placed finalist.
13. Final adjudication will be on the night of the final. Decisions of the adjudication panel will be final.
14. Entry for the contest implies acceptance of all the rules.
15. Postal entries should be sent to:

IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest 2016
C/o Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO)
Copyright House
Pembroke Row
Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2
D02 HW59
Ireland

Please include your name, address, phone number and email address with your entry.

Christie was the Patron to the Irish charity “Children in Crossfire”, with a special focus on schools literacy programmes after experiencing his own literacy difficulties at school. Following a trip to Kenya with the charity in 2006 and after spending time in the different villages with the children, Christie wrote a song “A Price For Love”. He thought it was important that the lyrics came from what the children would say to us all if they could. All royalties from this single are being donated to the charity in perpetuity. You can find out more about “Children in Crossfire” on http://www.childrenincrossfire.org/

Meet The Finalists (2/2)

The live final of the 2014 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place this Saturday, 22nd November at Fels Point Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists selected from hundreds of entries will compete for this prestigious prize and a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of IMRO, Tralee Chamber Alliance and Tralee Credit Union. Doors open at 8:00pm

To celebrate the final, IMRO will be featuring two separate pieces focusing on the finalists in our Member News section today.

Bobby Lee

Bobby Lee Bobby Leeis an award winning guitarist, producer and writer lives in the south of Ireland . Bobby is a multi-instrumentalist and spends most of his now time in the company of young people teaching and tutoring them in a fully kitted out music club in his hometown. Bobby is a veteran to the way of the music and has rubbed shoulders with the best of them over the years recording touring and gigging extensively in Ireland and overseas with various bands and artists most notably  Hooky ,Open Kitchen and Kila. Recording and helping people produce music has become an integral part of his life and he seeks out young talent and records them frequently to a very high level at Claycastle  studios in his hometown of Youghal , raising funds through music shows and events as he goes.

Colm Lynch

Colm Lynch Colm Lynchis a singer songwriter from Killiney in South County Dublin. He has previously released two Studio Albums, “A Whisper in a Riot” (2006) and “Tickety Boo” (2008). Both releases received very favourable reviews and the latter led to his being nominated for the “Best Newcomer” award at the Meteors in 2009. He also won “Best Male Performance” at the 2007 Balcony TV awards. Lynch has enjoyed several daytime, radio airplay listings with the most notable being “It’s coming down”. It was on high, daytime rotation on 2 FM, playlisted on RTE Radio 1, Top 40 on Today FM playlist charts 2 weeks running, and song of the week on FM 104 Strawberry Alarm Clock.

Colm Lynch’s new musical project is called Watson ACE. Consisting of some of the top musicians in Ireland, they have recently recorded an album, “Backbone”, which was produced by renowned, Swedish Producer, Adam Kviman (Wannadies, Eagle Eye Cherry…..).

www.facebook.com/LynchColm

Liz Madden, Katie Carpenter and Gary Burke

It has Katie & Liz 4been one year since these three songwriters struck up a long distance musical relationship and began collaborating across the pond. Both born in Ireland, Katie Carpenter and Liz Madden began working remotely on a brand new batch of songs with Katie based in Meath, Ireland and Liz in Albuquerque, New Mexico. From this unique partnership, 15 new songs were born and have since been signed to GMP (Gulliver Music Publishing) One of these songs, ‘Southern Fire’ : selected as a finalist for this years Christie Hennessy song contest, is a collaboration between the duo and fellow singer-songwriter Gary Burke from Dublin. All three are IMRO registered songwriters and solo artists in their own right, bringing their own diverse influences and experiences to this partnership.

Paul McDonnell, Dave Molloy & Cathleen Flynn

Through his Paul McDonnellwriting/production partnerships with great people in Ireland and USA Paul McDonnell has built a body of work that is finally getting some solid recognition. In 1994 Paul teamed up with producer/writer David Molloy. Dave is also the director/producer at Cellar Club Studios (www.cellarclub.com). Recently their songs – Superman, Heartbreak Pier, Funny Road, Welcome To The Real World, Life Like Mine and Pray have been recorded by multi platinum selling artists Tommy Fleming, De Danann and up and coming artists Richie Hayes, Valerie Armstrong. In June 2012 They wrote a song ‘Take A Look Around You’ for The Quays Shopping Centre – Newry. It ran on major TV and  national radio for 6 months. Paul’s other main collaborators include Scott Maher (www.scottmaher.com) Gavin Murphy (www.gavinmurphy.ie) Della Mannion (www.facebook.com/della.mannion). Scott and Paul co wrote “Home To Me” with Ruby Amanfu (Grammy nominated Artist from Nashville – currently touring/guest vocalist with Jack White – (www.rubyamanfu.com)). They are building a strong body of work – samples to be found on music page include –  If You’re in My Heart, Storm Chaser, Home To Me. In 2013 Paul started writing with orchestrator/pianist Gavin Murphy (Van Morrison, Sinead O’ Connor, West Life). – Samples of their work – “ Somebody Tell Me Why. Della Mannion is one of Ireland’s best vocalist/writers. She is currently recording her debut album with Dave Molloy.

Sive

Sive is Sadhbh O'Sullivana musician/songwriter hailing from Kildare. A multi-instrumentalist, she has been honing her unique style of writing since she was in her teens and has opened shows for the likes of Gemma Hayes, Jerry Fish and Kila. Sive released her debut album We Are Moving to critical acclaim in 2012, followed by an EP titled Turn Down the Silence last year. When she’s not busy with her own music, you’ll find her giving music workshops or working as a session musician/vocalist. 2014 so far has seen her appearing on RTE’s Other Voices, being invited to support John Spillane in the London-Irish Centre and beginning work on new material recording in Windmill Lane recording studios.

 

To attend this year’s event please email confirming your reservation. Doors open at 8:00pm

Meet The Finalists (1/2)

The live final of the 2014 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place this Saturday, 22nd November at Fels Point Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists selected from hundreds of entries will compete for this prestigious prize and a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of IMRO, Tralee Chamber Alliance and Tralee Credit Union. Doors open at 8:00pm

To celebrate the final, IMRO will be featuring two separate pieces focusing on the finalists in our Member News section today.

Bennie Reilly BennieReilly (Little xs For Eyes)(little xs for eyes)

Bennie Reilly formed the band little xs for eyes in 2006 along with partner Davey Moor.  The band released an E.P in 2007 and their debut album S.A.D. in 2011, to unanimous critical acclaim. Reilly’s quintessential songwriting themes: a love of nature and the nature of love take the band on a journey through forest, jungle and ocean, singing songs of lost summers, loose kisses and longed-for landscapes. Her passion for pop and interest in intricate and lush vocal arrangements lend to the bands distinct harmony-heavy sound. The song Seeping Hearts is taken from the little xs for eyes forthcoming album Everywhere Else due for release early 2015.

little xs for eyes are: Bennie Reilly :: voice, guitar & keys

Davey Moor :: guitar, voice, mandolin & psaltery

Michelle Considine :: voice, glockenspiel & keys

Lucy Jackson :: voice & keys

Harry Bookless :: bass & keys

Ed Costello :: drums & voice

 

Claire O’ Brien

Claire O’ Brien OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAis a 23 year old musician from Cork. She recently graduated from University College Cork where she studied performance and composition as part of her music degree.

From a young age she has enjoyed singing and writing poetry and songs, inspired by nature, people and the world in general! The song she will be performing tonight tells the story of a dark and stormy night in Cork city when electricity was cut off all across the area after a swan flew into an electricity wire. Despite the grim nature of the song, she hopes the song’s melody and lyrics will pay tribute to the life of that bird and bring you enjoyment as you listen. Claire will perform tonight with Fionnuala Joyce, a wonderful friend, violinist and singer. Fionnuala Joyce arranged her own part for violin and vocal harmonies.

 

Gary Keane

Attending Gary Keanerecording sessions with Earth, Wind & Fire, tracking vocals in LA with producer George ‘G1’ Archie (R Kelly, Snoop Dogg) and engineer Tommy D Daugherty (Death Row Records, 2Pac)…..collaborating with Michael Jackson’s long-time bassist Cornelius Mimms, playing to an audience of 2,500 at this year’s Rose Of Tralee as well as live sessions at RTÉ studios and Electric Picnic – just a snapshot of 2014 so far for Gary Keane. Having played extensively around Ireland with his one-man beatbox and loop pedal show,  Gary is now one half of the production duo ‘White Boys’ who will release the song ‘Stylin’ as their debut single in January 2015 with a tour to follow.

Gary Keane – www.facebook.com/likeafiremusic

 

Nodlaig Ní Bhrollaigh

Nodlaig Ní Nodlaig BrollyBhrollaigh, born in 1977, is a singer/songwriter and musician from Dungiven, County Derry. Nodlaig inherited a wealth of traditional and folk music from her parents, well-known folk singers, Anne and Francie Brolly. Classically trained, Nodlaig plays harp and piano and was lead flautist with the Irish National Youth Orchestra.

Her debut album entitled, “Under a Pale moon” was released in 2004 by Wren Records and marked a return to her traditional/folk roots and featured original songs and contemporary compositions. The album was critically acclaimed in the U.S.A., was described as “a jewel” and “pure listening pleasure” (Rambles, Nick Rossiter) and was in the top ten in the Irish Music Magazine.

Nodlaig has performed at festivals throughout America and Europe, headlined the St Patrick’s day concert with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, toured with Phil Coulter and performed at the Dinan International Harp Festival in Brittany. Nodlaig collaborated with Paul McSherry and Brendan Hendry on the album, ‘Stringtones’ released in 2011 featured original songs composed by Nodlaig, “one of the best programmmes of recorded music I have heard in a long time” (The Living Tradition). Nodlaig, married with three children, established the Ruaidhrí Dall School of Harp and Song in Dungiven in 2011 and is involved in the revival of the Irish language and traditional music in the area.

Áine Ní Bhrollaigh, Nodlaig’s niece, born in 1996, sings lead vocal. Áine is a young and upcoming singer and has won many accolades in traditional singing and had a lead role in the recent production of ‘Les Miserables’ in the Millenium Forum in Derry city.

 

Alan Kavanagh

Alan Kavanagh Alan Kavanaghis a 26 year old singer/songwriter from Ashbourne, Co. Meath. While studying for a music degree in DKIT, Alan released his first single which went straight to number two in the Download.ie charts. Since his first release, he has supported acts such as The Coronas, Mundy, Luan Parle, Don Baker, 5ive and Jack L. Alan’s latest single ‘Bitter Man’ peaked at number three on the I-Tunes Rock Chart last year.

Alan plays ukulele, guitar, piano, and bass and has a music degree from Dundalk IT. He has also composed a piece recorded by the national chamber choir. He has spent the last two years gigging with Celebrity and Holland America where he has visited over 20 countries.

Alan Kavanagh – www.facebook.com/alankavanaghmusicpage

 

To attend this year’s event please email confirming your reservation. Doors open at 8:00pm

Alan Kavanagh Wins 2013 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest

AlanKavanaghPicSinger/songwriter Alan Kavanagh from Ashbourne, Co. Meath was crowned winner of the prestigious IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest 2013 on Saturday night in Tralee, Co Kerry with his winning song “Bitter Man”.

25 year old Alan released his first single while studying for a music degree in Dundalk Institute of Technology and has since gone on to support artists such as Luan Parle, The Coronas and has performed with Christy Dignam.

The live final of the third annual IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest took place on Saturday, 19th October at The Carlton Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists, selected from over 200 entries from across Ireland and beyond, performed their songs in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges. The winning songwriter was presented with a cheque for €1,000, courtesy of Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and Tralee Chamber Alliance by Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht who attended the event.

Special guest performances on the night came from Christie’s daughter and son, Hermione Hennessy and Tim Ross, and RTÉ star, Aonghus McAnally, who performed some of Christie’s most well-known songs.

Speaking of his win, Alan said:

“It was such an honour to have my name next to some of the country’s finest songwriters and to win was just such a surprise. The feedback and support that ‘Bitter Man’ has received since has been unbelievable.

A great weekend all together and I am just so happy to have been part of the event which supports home grown talent.”

The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest 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.

Alan’s winning song, “Bitter Man”, is now available for download on iTunes .

www.alankavanagh.com

 

IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest Finalists: Aidan O’Brien & Doug Sheridan

The live final of the 2013 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place this Saturday, 19th October at The Carlton Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists selected from over 200 entries will compete for this prestigious prize and a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of IMRO and Tralee Chamber Alliance.

To celebrate the final, IMRO will be featuring two finalists in our Member News section each day this week. Today we feature Aidan O’Brien and Doug Sheridan….

Aidan O’Brien

Song: “Maid of the Isle”

AidanOBrienPicAidan And The Astronauts were formed in 2013. The band consists of an ever changing line up of musicians. Their style is eclectic, encompassing everything from folk to blues to rock and roll.

‘Young But Growing’, the bands first original studio release is set for release in late 2013.

www.facebook.com/aidanandtheastronauts

www.aidanandtheastronauts.com

 

Doug Sheridan

Song: “Speed Dating”

Doug Sheridan is a singer/songwriter based in Dublin. He spent his formative years as a drummer, writing songs for his band at the time, never aspiring to come out from behind the drum kit. His first solo performance happened by chance when he was working as a restaurant kitchen porter – the house singer fell ill midway through the set & Doug offered to fill in – the hugely positive response gave Doug the confidence to finally be the singer for his own songs.

DougSheridanPic

In April 11 Doug Sheridan released his debut album ‘Songs From Just Outside The House’, loosely based on a few people in a small town. Accompanied by an 11-piece band, Doug has played two packed out shows at The Sugar Club in Dublin to celebrate the launch of the album. These shows were followed by a nationwide tour of Ireland in 2011. He is currently working on his next album entitled ‘The Bed’ which will be released late 2013.

https://soundcloud.com/dougsheridan

Entry to the live final is free of charge, but due to limited capacity, booking is advised. To reserve a place in the audience, email IMRO at  or phone 01 661 4844. Show starts at 8:30pm.

The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition is supported by Tralee Chamber Alliance, The Troubadour Club, Radio Kerry, Kerry’s Eye, Tralee Advertiser  & The Carlton Hotel.

 

IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest Finalists: Liam McDermott & Paddy Nash

The live final of the 2013 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place this Saturday, 19th October at The Carlton Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists selected from over 200 entries will compete for this prestigious prize and a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of IMRO and Tralee Chamber Alliance.

To celebrate the final, IMRO will be featuring two finalists in our Member News section each day this week. Today we feature Liam McDermott aka Funzo and Paddy Nash….

Liam McDermott (Funzo)

Song:  “Amour Fou”

LiamMcDermottFunzoPicFunzo, founded by singer and songwriter Liam McDermott, have performed over 250 gigs in Ireland since 2009, most notably, Ireland’s premiere music festivals – Oxegen, Electric Picnic and Hard Working Class Heroes. In 2009, Funzo won their third national songwriting contest; Christmas FM’s ‘Search For A New Christmas Classic’, which resulted in mass national radio play and a live performance on TV3’s ‘Ireland AM’, the nation’s #1 morning TV programme.

In 2012, Funzo featured on and co-wrote hip-hop artist Nucent’s song ‘Do You Really Love Me?’, which received generous airtime on FM104, 98FM, and remained in Spin FM’s Top 30 Most Requested for three months running. Funzo have also received widespread airplay and live airtime in Ireland, on RTÉ 2FM, Today FM, Spin FM, Newstalk, FM 104 and Ireland’s most listened to radio station, RTÉ Radio 1. Funzo have caught the attention of the national print media too, resulting in a full-page feature in Ireland’s most popular music magazine, HotPress, as well as being deemed one of the ‘Picks Of Electric Picnic’ in The Irish Times in 2009.

https://www.facebook.com/funzoband

Paddy Nash

Song:  “The Old Country”

PaddyNashPicSince the release of their critically acclaimed debut album in 2010, Paddy and his Happy Enchiladas have played the clubs of Ireland North and South as well as an extensive tour of England playing the legendary Hope & Anchor among others. Their unique blend of Folk-Pop-Punk has left audiences revelling in the rich lyrics and big melodies.

Accompanying Paddy, is 16 year old singer-songwriter Gemma Bradley. Hailing from Draperstown, Gemma is just starting out on her musical journey.

Their song ‘The Old Country’ was the result of a challenge laid down by Glasgowbury and Resonate to get local artists who were playing the festival to collaborate.  It’s a Father/Daughter story about modern day emigration in Ireland North and South.

www.paddynash.co.uk

Entry to the live final is free of charge, but due to limited capacity, booking is advised. To reserve a place in the audience, email IMRO at  or phone 01 661 4844. Show starts at 8:30pm.

The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition is supported by Tralee Chamber Alliance, The Troubadour Club, Radio Kerry, Kerry’s Eye, Tralee Advertiser  & The Carlton Hotel.

IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest Finalists: Roberta Howett & Alan Kavanagh

The live final of the 2013 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place this Saturday, 19th October at The Carlton Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists selected from over 200 entries will compete for this prestigious prize and a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of IMRO and Tralee Chamber Alliance.

To celebrate the final, IMRO will be featuring two finalists in our Member News section each day this week. Today we feature Roberta Howett and Alan Kavanagh….

Roberta Howett

Song: “Eclipse”

RobertaHowettPicDublin born singer / songwriter Roberta Howett has a musical background grounded in classical training with The Royal Academy of Music. Roberta first graced our screens in 2004, when she reached the live finals of the X-Factor. After XFactor, she took time out to write her own music, which she released in Ireland independently. Roberta is a featured singer with Momo, www.tonicastells.com, and her vocals can be heard on Bressie’s debut solo album Colourblind Stereo, which was released in 2011 and went to number 1 in Ireland.

Having spent the past two years in London, she was one of four girls who made up FanFair. The group first began performing at major Rugby Union games, including a performance at Twickenham stadium, and went on to tour the UK and Ireland with The Wanted. FanFair released a single called ‘Mission’ last October which was featured on Collection’s TV advert, in which the girls starred.

www.robertahowett.com

Alan Kavanagh

Song: “Bitter Man”

AlanKavanaghPicAlan Kavanagh is a 24 year old singer/songwriter from Ashbourne , Co. Meath. While studying for a music degree in DKIT, Alan released his first single which went straight to number two in the Download.ie charts. After the release he went gigging throughout Ireland and abroad and has had the privilege of touring with Meteor Award winner, Luan Parle, supporting The Coronas and playing with Christy Dignam. His last single ‘Christmas Far From Home’ had 22,000 hits on YouTube in just two weeks and received a great amount of airplay on Christmas FM, Sunshine 106.8, LMFM and Dublin City FM last year.

Alan plays ukulele, guitar, piano, and bass and has a music degree from Dundalk IT. He has also composed a piece recorded by the national chamber choir. He has spent the last two years gigging with Celebrity and Holland America where he has visited over 20 countries.

www.alankavanagh.com

Entry to the live final is free of charge, but due to limited capacity, booking is advised. To reserve a place in the audience, email IMRO at  or phone 01 661 4844. Show starts at 8:30pm.

The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition is supported by Tralee Chamber Alliance, The Troubadour Club, Radio Kerry, Kerry’s Eye, Tralee Advertiser  & The Carlton Hotel.

IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest Finalists: Joe Casey & Paul Casey

The live final of the 2013 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place this Saturday, 19th October at The Carlton Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists selected from over 200 entries will compete for this prestigious prize and a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of IMRO and Tralee Chamber Alliance.

To celebrate the final, IMRO will be featuring two finalists in our Member News section each day this week. Today we feature Joe Casey and Paul Casey….

Joe Casey

Song: “May the Road Rise”

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Growing up in a family of musicians, Joe was immersed in music from an early age.  He has been playing guitar, piano and singing since he was a child and has been writing songs and poetry for nearly as long.

Over the last 15 years you may have heard him solo, accompanied only by his guitar or with a troupe of traditional musicians from Ballyvaughen to Bangkok or from New York to Newbridge.  He played support with some of Ireland’s great songwriters including Mick Hanly and Luka Bloom.  In 2012 Joe decided to focus his energy solely on music and began recording some of his compositions.

“This Road” is Joe Casey’s debut album.  It is due for release in mid-November 2013.  The album contains ten original songs and while having a distinctive Irish accent, the music also tips its hat across the Atlantic to its Bluegrass, Cajun and Jazz cousins.

https://www.facebook.com/joecaseymusic

Paul Casey

Song: “Every Time It Rains”

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Irish songwriter, guitarist and singer Paul Casey is being talked of among Ireland’s new music followers as “the new cool.” He’s constantly in demand in his home country, performing for enthusiastic fans with a challenging near-daily schedule.  With his latest album, Scrapbook, the Derry, musician has raised the bar yet again with a collection of stunning new tracks showcasing masterful production and songwriting.

In 2010, Casey made major waves in the UK after playing to a total of 55,000 fans on an epic 23-date tour of the UK and Ireland supporting legendary guitarist and 30-million album-selling Chris Rea. The tour took in venues such as the Symphony Hall in Birmingham and the Hammersmith Apollo in London.

The young songwriter has a string of critically acclaimed albums under his belt, along the way receiving a 9/10 rating in Ireland’s Hot Press magazine in a review by Jackie Hayden. Along with a handful of other songs, “Big World” marks a a stylistic departure from his previous material.  While still maintaining his acoustic-driven pop undertones, his new songs reflect his love of orchestral and cinematic elements.

http://www.paulcaseymusic.com

Entry to the live final is free of charge, but due to limited capacity, booking is advised. To reserve a place in the audience, email IMRO at  or phone 01 661 4844. Show starts at 8:30pm.

The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition is supported by Tralee Chamber Alliance, The Troubadour Club, Radio Kerry, Kerry’s Eye, Tralee Advertiser  & The Carlton Hotel.

IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest Finalists: Andrew Basquille & Jezzebelle

The live final of the 2013 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place this Saturday, 19th October at The Carlton Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists selected from over 200 entries will compete for this prestigious prize and a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of IMRO and Tralee Chamber Alliance.

To celebrate the final, IMRO will be featuring two finalists in our Member News section each day this week. Today we feature Andrew Basquille and Jezzebelle….

Andrew Basquille

Song: “What Needs Fixin’ First”

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Andrew Basquille is from Dun Laoghaire Co Dublin. His mother is from Killorglin Co Kerry, so he is particularly pleased to be in the final. He formed his first band Factor One in 1979. His songs have been recorded by Jane McNamee and Carmel Sheerin.

He was a finalist in RTÉ’s “The Hit” earlier this year. He sings regularly in The Punch Bowl Booterstown and Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Dundrum. He is married with two children.

Katie Carpenter & Gary Burke (Jezzebelle)

Song: “Never Ends”

Katie&GaryPicJezzebelle is Katie Carpenter & Gary Burke. Their recent success on RTÉ’s “The Hit” saw award winning artist Julie Feeney select their new song ‘Dimension Me’ for possible release.

An acoustic rhythm n’ roots duo from Dublin Ireland, Jezzebelle are undoubtedly products of the live music scene, spending most of their time on tour in Ireland, Europe & North America. They signed a publishing deal with Notting Hill Music in late 2012 and teamed up with producer Chrissy Tignor for remix of their track ‘All the Stars’ due for release in late 2013.

Releases to date include 2010’s studio album ‘Roll a Double’, 2011’s self-produced EP ‘Ruff’, 2012’s EP ‘Back to the Start’ (produced by Sharon Kearney and mastered by Mark Chalecki) and a string of singles in 2013, the latest of which; ‘Look Around’ was mastered at Abbey Road in London.

http://www.jezzebellemusic.com/

 

Entry to the live final is free of charge, but due to limited capacity, booking is advised. To reserve a place in the audience, email IMRO at  or phone 01 661 4844. Show starts at 8:30pm.

The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition is supported by Tralee Chamber Alliance, The Troubadour Club, Radio Kerry, Kerry’s Eye, Tralee Advertiser  & The Carlton Hotel.

Shortlist Announced for the 3rd Annual IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest

Christie Hennessy Poster 2013_1

Live Final Taking Place at The Carlton Hotel, Tralee

Saturday, 19th October | 8:30pm

Guest performances by Hermione Hennessy & RTÉ’s Aonghus McAnally

The live final of the third annual IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place on Saturday, 19th October at The Carlton Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists, selected from over 200 entries from across Ireland and beyond, will perform their song in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges. The winning songwriter will be presented with a cheque for €1,000, courtesy of Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and Tralee Chamber Alliance.

The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest 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.

Special guest performances on the night will come from Christie’s daughter, Hermione Hennessy, and RTÉ star, Aonghus McAnally, who will perform some of Christie’s most well-known songs. The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest is among a number of events taking place in Tralee over the course of the weekend of 18th to 20th October at the Carlton Hotel, Tralee, including live music with the Troubadour Club on Friday 18th, a songwriting workshop on Saturday 20th, a young songwriter’s showcase on Sunday 20th and a series of interactive workshops with the WholeWorldBand music platform throughout the weekend.

Last year, Dublin and Cork songwriting duo, Enda Reilly and Christine Deady, took home the top prize in the IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest for their song, “Follow the Water”, while the inaugural contest winner of 2011 was Paul McDonnell for his song, “Superman”.

The ten finalists taking part in the 2013 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest are:

Andrew Basquille – “What Needs Fixin First”
Katie Carpenter & Gary Burke – “Never Ends”
Joe Casey – “May the Road Rise”
Paul Casey – “Every Time It Rains”
Roberta Howett – “Eclipse”
Alan Kavanagh – “Bitter Man”
Liam McDermott (Funzo) – “Amour Fou”
Paddy Nash – “The Old Country”
Aidan O’Brien – “Maid of the Isle”
Doug Sheridan – “Speed Dating”

Entry to the live final is free of charge, but due to limited capacity, booking is advised. To reserve a place in the audience email IMRO at ei.ormi@pihsrebmem or phone 01 661 4844.

The Christie Hennessy Song Contest is supported by Tralee Chamber Alliance, Radio Kerry, Kerry’s Eye, Tralee Advertiser, The Troubadour Club & The Carlton Hotel.

 

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