Traditional Irish Music
The Seán Riada Gold Medal is a landmark competition on the traditional calender and there is still time to get your entry in. Up for grabs is a €2,500 prize and this year it is the turn of fiddle, as the competition runs in a 4 year cycle of instruments. Here is the official press release on the competition.
"Cuireadh Chun Ceoil is a 2 hour radio program broadcast on RnaG nationwide and world wide via the Web, every Friday night. The program previews new releases, plays music from old recordings as well as the current readily available cds etc. The program maintains a continuous dialogue with listeners via its website and the Internet. A traditional Irish music competition for the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal and a €2500 purse is held on the program every year. Any and every musician from any place, creed, age or race around the world, may enter without cost. The competition runs on a 4 year cycle – Fidil, Flutes (flute/tin-whistle). Harp and Pipes, Box and Concertina and then back again to fidil etc. We have had competitors from Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Switzerland, Finland, Russia, Japan, Australia, Canada, America and so on.
This year we are back to the fiddle again. To enter all one has to do is register on site at www.cuireadhchunceoil.ie and then, as a member of the site, upload 5 tracks of you playing traditional Irish music unaccompanied. All the entries are then short listed down to the last 15 who are then invited to the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork for the final which is broadcast live on Friday 6/2/2015. The winner is awarded the Gold Medal and the purse. This years adjudicators will not be announced until the competition entry is closed. In 2010 they were Martin Hayes, Sean Keane and Liam O Connor. Entry to the competition is free and there are no restrictions as to who may compete. We are proud of our sponsors, RnaG, Gael Linn, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Iontaoibheas Fodhla and the Rochestown Park Hotel. Aoife Ní Bhriain is the only owner of a Seán Ó Riada Fiddle Gold Medal, 25 of which are awarded in a century."
Acceptance of entries will close soon.
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