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Shortlist Announced for The Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition 2015

Clancy Brothers songwriting logo NEWThe Shortlist has been announced for the 2015 Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition.

The votes are in and the top three songs are…

(Drumroll…)

‘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.

The Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition Open for Entries

Clancy Brothers songwriting logo NEWThe Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition 2015 is now open for entries. With free entry and a prize fund in excess of €1,500, this is an open competition for new, original songs.

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.

Entries

Email entries:

Postal entries:
Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition

C/O The Tudor Artisan Hub
42 Main Street
Carrick-on-Suir
Co. Tipperary
Ireland.

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.

 

Donegal Group Win the Pan-Celtic National Song Contest

Pan Celtic Winner 2015‘Foireann Bhrí’, led by well-known songwriter Brighdin Carr, were a hugely popular choice with their song ‘Árainn Mhór’ at the Pan Celtic National Song Contest held in Carlow on Saturday night. The song was composed by Brighdin and delivered by singer Jason Ó Frighil supported by ‘Foireann Bhrí’ including a host of musicians and singers.

The song contest was sponsored by IMRO and Brighdin was presented with a cheque for €1,000 by Keith Johnson, Director of Marketing & Membership at IMRO. ‘Árainn Mhór’  will go forward to represent Ireland at the Pan Celtic International Song Contest in Derry on Thursday, 9th April.

For more, see www.panceltic.ie

Twelve Songs in the Running for Pan Celtic National Song Contest 2015

Pan Cheilteach Amhrán  Náisiúnta 2015 postaer A3 jpegTwelve songs will go head to head in the Pan Celtic National Song Contest 2015 which will be held in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow on Saturday, 7 March at 8pm.

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 Inaugural Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition 2014

Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition

A new songwriting competition is about to make a big splash in the music scene.

With a prize fund in excess of €1,500, the Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition is set to be one of the biggest such competitions in Ireland.

This is an open competition so all musical genres and styles are welcome. It is open to all ages and nationalities. As long as it is a song, it is eligible for the competition. Entries will be accepted on CD or by email in MP3 format, so it couldn’t be easier to enter.

This is a songwriting competition with songwriters’ in mind. Not only are there substantial cash prizes for the top three entries, first prize includes recording time in a professional studio, mixing and mastering, provided by Emeraz.com, and CD duplication and packaging by Duplication Ireland. The winner will effectively have everything necessary to record and produce their song to CD and Radio quality.

There are also cash prizes for the top three entries: 1st €500, 2nd €200, 3rd €100.

Emeraz.com will also provide premium services for all three finalists. And every entrant will receive online vouchers for Emeraz services.

‘I look forward to the song writing competition at this year’s Clancy Brothers Music and Art Festival. I know it will prove to be a fantastic addition to this year’s Festival,’ Finbarr Clancy, the High Kings.

There will be three finalists asked to perform their songs at the launch of the Clancy Brothers Music and Art Festival on Tuesday May 27th, 2014, as part of a fifteen minute set. After which the winner of the inaugural Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition will be announced.

This is a songwriting competition so songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics. The quality of performance and production will not be considered. A songwriter may nominate someone else to perform in their place.

The Clancy Brothers Music and Art Festival already contains a strong songwriting element with the SongCraft series of concerts and workshops. Running for the last two years, these have featured John Spillane and Charlie McGettigan as headline acts and workshop facilitators. Local songwriters have also benefited from the opportunity to support these acts.

‘The Clancy Brothers Festival is a magical little festival in the most beautiful town of Carrick-on-Suir, nestling under the Comeragh Mountains, in the home of the Clancy Brothers. There is music in the air, and storytelling and poetry. Go to this festival, and soak in the great tradition of melody and balladry that is the legacy of the Clancys,’ John Spillane.

Email entries:

Postal entries:
Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition
Clancy Brothers Music and Art Festival
C/O The Tudor Artisan Hub
Main Street
Carrick-on-Suir
Co. Tipperary
Ireland.

Closing date: April 29th, 2014. Finalists will be notified by May 13th, 2014.

Entries must include the name of the songwriter(s); address; email; phone number; and signature of consent from parent(s) or guardian(s) where the songwriter(s) is under 18 years old. Where there is more than one songwriter, please indicate clearly who is the contact.

For further details and full rules of the competition please go to www.clancybrothersfestival.org  or find the Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition on Facebook.

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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.

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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.

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