The votes are in and the top three songs are…
‘Make it Stay’ by Avi McGourty (Templemore, County Tipperary)
‘The Truth is Not Your Own’ by Jamie Mulrooney (West Coast of Mayo)
‘Southern Fire’ by Katie Carpenter, Gary Burke and Liz Madden (Dublin)
With more than 120 entries from the four corners of Ireland, and as far away as Canada and Jamaica, this year’s Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition was hotly contested.
Now the votes are in, the top three are on their way to Carrick-on-Suir to play a in the beautiful, atmospheric Nano Nagle Chapel on Sunday May 31st in what is sure to be one of the highlights of this year’s Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art. The winner of the competition will be revealed on the night.
Lisa Loughrey, last year’s winner, will headline with her group The Mariannes, an urban folk band with strong Irish folk, blues and alternative country roots, and songs forged with hard hitting lyrics, beautiful melodies and harmonies, and powerful arrangements. They recently released an EP with Lisa’s winning song, ‘Lost With All Hands’, as the title track. Lisa used her prize from last year to help towards the cost of producing the CD.
With cash prizes of €500 for the winner and €200 for each of the runners up sponsored by the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art and IMRO, no one will leave empty handed. The winner also receives a voucher for CD duplication from Duplication Ireland worth €215 and all three gain premium services from InMusik.co. Other competition sponsors are Music Matters Ireland and the Tudor Artisan Hub.
Doors open 7pm and tickets for the concert are €10 from the Tudor Artisan Hub, 42 Main Street, Carrick-on-Suir, Ph 051 640921.
For more see www.clancybrothersfestival.org.
Following a successful first year, competition organisers are looking forward to hearing a wide range of music from across Ireland.
The competition is open to all musical genres and styles, and to all ages and nationalities. As long as it is a song, it is eligible for entry. Entries are accepted on CD or by email in MP3 format, so it couldn’t be easier to enter.
This is a songwriting competition with the songwriter in mind. Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics. The quality of performance and production will not be considered.
The three finalists will perform their song at a concert on Sunday May 31st in the Nano Nagle Chapel, Carrick on Suir, during the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art 2015 as part of a fifteen minute set. The winner will be announced at the end of the concert.
With cash prizes of €500 for the winner and €200 for each of the runners up sponsored by the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art and IMRO, no one will leave empty handed. The winner also receives a voucher for CD duplication from Duplication Ireland and all three will gain premium services from InMusik.co.
With further support from IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation), Music Matters and the Clancy Brothers Festival, this songwriting competition is set to grow.
Last Year’s Winners
Lisa Loughrey’s winning song, ‘Lost with all Hands’ is the title track on The Mariannes’ new EP. The Mariannes are launching their CD in Whelan’s, Dublin, on Thursday April 9th. And runner up Robb Murphy’s song, ‘Mysteries of the Heart’, features on his new album, ‘Sleep Tonight’, due out in March.
Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition
C/O The Tudor Artisan Hub
42 Main Street
Closing date: April 29th, 2015.
Finalists will be notified by May 13th, 2015.
Please read the full rules before entering.
For full rules and information go to www.clancybrothersfestival.org or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
Sponsored by IMRO in association with Gael Linn and Glór Cheatharlach, the composer of the winning song will receive a cash prize of €1,000 and the song will go forward to represent Ireland at the Pan Celtic International Song Contest to be held in Derry in April.
The twelve finalists are:
Sharon Ní Chuilbin – “Tá Dóchas Ann”
Helena Byrne – “Is Tú Grá”
Pádraig Mac Domhnaill – “Oíche na Gaoithe”
Brighdín Carr – “Árainn Mhór”
Marcus Mac Conghail – “Is Cuma sa tSioc”
Eilín Ní Bheaglaoich – “Deoraí”
Tiarnán Ó Sé – “€50,000,000,000”
Bríd Ní Chionnaith & Róisín Nic an Starraí – “Imithe”
Colette Nic Aodha – “Oileán”
Damian Mac Gabhann & Aidan Cranny – “Imigh a Dhamhsóir”
Enda Reilly & Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin – “Go Beo go Deo na nDeo”
Lorna, Laine, Eoghan, Evelyn & Kiarán Ó Maoileáin – “Anseo”
The judging panel will be made up of Seá Ó Sé, Liam Lawton and Pádraigín Caesar.
All are welcome. Tickets @ €10.
Enquiries to 087 2857048, 059 9158105 or
The competition is being held in conjunction with the Allingham Arts Festival, taking place for the third year running this November, with the winning songwriter set to receive the first prize of €1,000. Singer, songwriter and poet, John Spillane, will lead the judging panel on the night.
Closing date for applications is Thursday 17th October. For further details, rules of entry and to download a copy of the application form, see http://allinghamartsassociation.com/allingham-festival-song-contest-launch/
Galway-based band, The Deans, have achieved first place in the Rock category of international song competition, Unsigned Only 2013. Their song, “Lonely Like Me”, was selected from over 9,000 entries from 100 countries by a judging panel that included Chrissie Hynde, Cyndi Lauper and Black Francis.
Kildare band, Miracle Bell, also achieved second place in the “Pop / Top 40” category for their track “Love Sounds” while Northern Irish singer-songwriter, Ben Glover, was placed second in the “Folk / Singer-songwriter” category for “Melodies of Midnight”. Canadian country artist Wes Mack was the overall Grand Prize winner.
Unsigned Only is a unique music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. The goal of Unsigned Only is to find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist…a newcomer or veteran…raw or polished – the “gem” that needs to be discovered.
Since 2009 The Deans have toured extensively throughout Europe, playing venues and festivals throughout France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Holland. After being sighted at the Guitare-En-Scene festival in France by the organisers of the Montreux Jazz Festival, the group were invited to perform at the 43rd anniversary of the world renowned music festival. 2011 saw the group’s first venture stateside to NYC’s lower east side, where they performed shows in The Studio at Webster Hall, Arlene’s Grocery and the prestigious Kenny’s castaways, to name but a few.
“Lonely Like Me” is now available for sale through iTunes. If you want to catch The Deans live before they head stateside once again in a few weeks, keep an eye on their Facebook page for news of upcoming gigs – https://www.facebook.com/thedeans.
Rules of the Ballad Competition.
- Entries to be received by no later than Friday, July 12th 2013
- Entries to be submitted on CD with 3 typed copies
- Entries to be accompanied by cheque/postal order for €25.00
- No entries will be returned.
- Name, address and telephone number to be clearly written on CD cover and back of each copy of lyrics.
- Finalists will perform their entry in Teach Siamsa Finuge on Saturday 3rd August at 8.30 p.m
- The overall winner and runner-up will be decided then.
- Entries may be in English or Irish.
- Entries must be original and not previously performed or published.
- No in-house music supplied by committee.
- No pre-recorded backing music allowed.
- Adjudicators’ decision is final.
- Make Cheques or Postal Orders to Sean McCarthy Weekend.
- Performances on the night of the final may be recorded and /or video at the Committees discretion. Such recordings may be played /transmitted on the sound and visual media, e.g. radio, television, Internet, entrants are deemed to have given their permission for it unless otherwise indicated by them to the Committee
Send entries to
Peggie O’Connell, Irremore, Listowel Co.Kerry. Phone 068-40203
Mobile: 087 -9049371
Enquiries: Bridget O’Connor, phone 087–6250516
E-mail: moc.dnekeewegunif@ofni www.finugeweekend.com