Traditional Irish Music
In the Autumn of 2014 we undertook a Songwriters Showcase on Tradconnect and were delighted when Christy Moore came on board with us to listen to the material. We expected maybe 30 songs, and in the end we received 65.
The showcase was about giving exposure to writers and proved a major success. Thousands of readers listened to the songs and it was one of the most successful campaigns that we have run on the site.
The task for Christy was a big one, as the quality of the material was very strong. There is never really a ‘best’ or a ‘winner’ in these situations and picking out one song is difficult.
In the end Christy went with the song “Forgotten Sons” by Dublin band The Jeremiahs.
Here is what Christy had to say.
“Dear Songsters, Linnets and Balladeers……When Tony Lawless contacted me about this project my first reaction was very hesitant. On further reflection I was attracted to the opportunity of hearing a large collection of songs from 65 different writers. Tony subsequently sent me the songs in batches of 15 and the listening process began. It was a very enjoyable experience. The standard of songs was very high. There was a great variety of styles. I never knew what to expect, what was coming next. There were a few singers whom I'd met along the way, a few others whom I'd heard at different sessions. After a few listens I shortened the list to 14 songs. After further listening I chose "Forgotten Sons" by The Jeremiahs. I'm not going to say that this song was "better"than the others. All I can say is that, at the time of listening , this is the song that tickled my ears the most. Thank you all for sharing your creations. Long may your songs ring out…” Christy Moore.
In their initial submission The Jeremiahs said that “The inspiration for this song came after watching a documentary on the forgotten Irish in England and the Irish film Kings which is based on the play The Kings of Kilburn Road. We jokingly refer to one of Ireland's pastimes being emigration but the truth is the Irish have a long history and tradition of emigrating to try and find a better life. Some succeed and some don't and this song is dedicated to the latter.”
We spoke to them yesterday and they said “We were delighted to hear that Forgotten Sons has been picked by Christy Moore as the winner of The Tradconnect Songwriter Showcase. To be singled out by one of our role models, and given the high quality of the other songs in the competition, it is an honour. It is also very encouraging to see the growth in popularity and support by fellow musicians and music lovers in our own music. It is about time we made an effort to support our homegrown talent. The song really resonates with the times at the moment.”
As a final note the band said “we sang this song recently in The Newcastle Irish Centre and an old man thanked us afterwards. He said he had not been home in over 40 years.”
The Jeremiahs combine traditional and contemporary sounds to create their own brand of Urban Folk music. Members include Joe Gibney (Vocals/whistle), Brian Corry (Tin whistle/Flute/ Fiddle), James Ryan (Guitar/Bouzouki) and Jean Christophe Morel (Fiddle). You can visit their website at www.thejeremiahs.ie They also have their debut album on release which can be purchased through their website.
The showcase was not all about the one song and here are the other shortlisted entries. We will also look at publishing some more of their work on Tradconnect in the coming months.
Christy kindly made available a cash prize of €500 and this will be presented to the band on 21st April 2015 after his Vicar Street concert. For more information on Christy’s gigs visit www.christymoore.com as he is on tour at the moment.
Thanks to everyone who followed this showcase.
Other shortlisted songs were -
Song #5 - Mick Ryan / Rags to Riches to Rags - Link to original post
Song #16 - Maurice McGrath / Band of Gold - Link to original post
Song #20 - Mike Cole / One Day I'll Find You - Link to original post
Song #21 - Ian Lynch / Déanta in Éireann - Link to original post
Song #27 - Aidan O' Brien / Famine Song - Link to original post
Song #32 - Aidan Doyle / The Forgotten Children - Link to original post
Song # 41 - Tim O' Leary / I Leave on the Light - Link to original post
Song # 46 - Fiona O' Leary / Loaded with the Blues - Link to original post
Song # 48 - Cáitlín Seoighe / The Ballad of Newfoundland - Link to original post
Song #51 - Andy Galligan / Bible Joe - Link to original
Song #53 - Peter Sinclair / Too Young - Link to original
Song #54 - Wendy Jack / For All Who Come After Me - Link to original
Song #62 - James C Heaney / The Banks of the Barrow - Link to original
Finally a playlist with all the songs included
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