Christy Moore to team up with Tradconnect for major new Traditional Songwriter Showcase.

This autumn we will be launching a Songwriters Showcase on Tradconnect and we are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Christy Moore for this event.  Detailed below is the official Press Release.  Tradconnect’s goals have, and always will be to highlight the best new music for our members and readers.  Providing an outlet for composers and writers is an essential aspect of this and we hope that this showcase will in some small way bring some new names to the public’s attention. We are honoured to have Christy listening to this material and giving his support.

To provide a clearer focus we are asking writers to submit new songs that deal with the theme of “modern day emigration in its many forms. The overall goal is to showcase as many new writers as possible.  It is hoped that other recording artists that follow this campaign may pick up on some of this new material and possibly record it. Submitted songs must be in the folk and ballad tradition.  Songs should be presented a cappella or with as little as possible in the way of background accompaniment.  The use of a single instrument such as guitar or piano would be preferable to full band backing.

Christy Moore for his part is excited by the prospect of discovering some great new material and will be listening to all the submissions.  He has also kindly offered an award of €500 for a song and writer that really touches a nerve with regard to the theme.  

The overall format will be similar to our New Traditional Tune Composition campaign which you can view on the site at the moment.  On this Peadar Ó Riada is listening to all the new material for us.  Have a look at this article to understand the format.  We will post up instructions closer to the time. In broad terms you simply add your song to which is free, and then send us a link with a very short bio or information about yourself and the song. We will post them on Tradconnect in batches of 5-10 depending on the numbers we receive.

Finally if you have friends in print or online media please send them the official press release detailed below, or simply a link to this blog asking them to share it with their audience.

This gives you 2 months to find inspiration or to revisit older material that you think may fit with the theme. Good luck.


Christy Moore to team up with Tradconnect for major new Traditional Songwriter Showcase.

Traditional Irish music website have just announced a major new Traditional Songwriter Showcase that they will run on the site this Autumn.  They have teamed up with legendary Irish singer Christy Moore to provide a platform that highlights the work of songwriters in the folk and ballad tradition across the globe. Songwriters will be invited to submit a new song on the general theme of “modern day emigration”. Tony Lawless, founder of Tradconnect explains that “I have long felt that social media needs to be more proactive in showcasing musicians, writers and composers.  Its hard for them to find a space online where people actually listen. This should hopefully highlight some great new material that other recording artists may hopefully pick up on and record.

On Christy Moore’s involvement Tony explained that “I wanted someone to come on board to listen to the material and be involved with what we are doing and Christy’s was the first name that came to mind.  He immediately liked the idea and was delighted to be involved which is fantastic.  He also offered to put up an award of €500 for the song he feels touches a real nerve with regard to the theme of emigration". Christy has stated that "the idea of opening up our songwriters to a wider audience is very appealing. It gives them another outlet for their work and hopefully the songs will reach the ears of others in the process. Its a great idea and I'm looking forward to hearing material that may not otherwise get an airing."

Over the last 3 years Tradconnect has grown to be one of the most innovative web platforms for traditional Irish musicians. They have gained global audience of musicians, broadcasters, writers and thousands more involved with traditional arts. They write regularly on traditional music and engage directly with artists and musicians, highlighting the latest music, recordings, events etc. They have recently launched an innovative series of online album launches and are presently running a showcase for composers of traditional tunes.

Tradconnect’s Songwriter’s Showcase will be accepting submissions from 1st September 2014 when more detailed submission instructions will be posted up on the site.

For further information contact :

Tony Lawless
Email : tradconnect (at) gmail (dot) com

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Comment by Robbi McMillen on August 4, 2014 at 0:22

Well tone TradConnect and Christy, I can't wait to hear more on this! Ádh mór!

Comment by Charles Andrew Robinson on July 1, 2014 at 13:25

Fantastic! Thanks  Tradconnect  and Christy. I very much am looking  forward to it! 

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