New Tune Composition 2014 - Closing date - 31st August 2014

The final date for receipt of tunes has been extended to 31st August 2014.  This composer showcase is a partnership between Tradconnect and the award winning concert series Tunes in the Church, organised by Cormac Begley. Peadar Ó Riada is the adjudicator and will pick the final tune.  This is really a showcase for composers of Irish traditional music and is not a competition as such. Although a prize for the selected tunes exists, we have done this solely as an incentive to get people to submit their work. Over the course of this campaign we hope to uncover and highlight as many composers as possible.

The process will be as follows. Composers will be invited to submit a tune in an agreed format and those tunes and their composers will be highlighted on Tradconnect on a weekly basis. Tradconnect members will be allowed to vote for their favorite tune and a final shortlist will be drawn up.  
From this shortlist a standout tune will be selected by Peadar Ó Riada and the winning composer will receive a cheque for €500 from tunes in the Church plus the opportunity to have their tune included on the next Tunes in the Church album. In addition to this prize a segment of a submitted tune will ring out on the bells of St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway to signal the start of each Tunes in the Church concert.
We are delighted to be working with Cormac Begley who had done tremendous work on the west coast with his Tunes In The Church series. Over the summer months, interactive concerts present established and less well-known traditional musicians, dancers and singers in the heart of Galway city’s historic St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church. This concert series provides an unparalleled environment and respectful platform in which traditional musicians can showcase their talents while open communication and interaction between the audience and performers is encouraged.  This series is into its’ 5th year and will run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from mid June to September. This summer’s line-up will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit for more details.

The prize is as follows :

1. Tunes in the Church will provide the winning composer with a cash prize of €500
2. The winning tune will be recorded and included on the next Tunes in the Church album to be recorded in 2015, subject to it fitting with the album's overall theme.
3.  In addition to the above prize a segment of a submitted tune will be ring out on the bells of St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway to signal the start of each Tunes in the Church concert.

The Rules :

1. It must be a new composition that does not feature on any previous recording.
2. Tunes will be confined to Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes, Barndances, Polkas, Slides, Stratspeys, Flings, March, Murzukas & Slow Airs
3. Only one composition per composer is allowed.
4. The tune must be played on its own ( not as part of a set ). 
5.  Entrants must insure that the recording is of sufficient quality.
6. The submission must be in accordance with the format detailed below.
7. The composer and musician playing the tune must be detailed.
How to submit

1. You must first upload the track to If you do not have a Soundcloud profile you can create one for free.
2. Once uploaded to Soundcloud, copy a link to the track and email it to Tradconnect at the email address detailed here. The content of the email must say "New Tune Composition"
3. Within your email please provide some bio information on your background, the tune, your music etc. This is important as it is presented in the various blogs we write.  See this link regarding final format.
Closing Date
1. We have not set a closing date yet.  This will be dictated by the volume of tunes received. We expect to run it for at least 2 months from today's date.
Some other Information

1. Tradconnect and Tunes in the Church can at any time cancel this competition and will not be responsible for any costs or inconvenience suffered by the entrants.
2. The duration of this competition will be dictated by the volume of tunes that we receive and notice of the end date will be posted on the site and on Facebook/Twitter.
3. Please ensure that the sound quality and musicianship of the submissions is as good as possible. Use a competent musician that you know for the recording process if necessary.
Sample Soundcloud Format :
When adding you tune to Soundcloud include the following information.
Composer : Joe Bloggs
Tune Name : The High Reel
Tune Type : Reel
Musicians : Paul Smith ( flute ) John Bridges ( guitar )
Website : Include if you have one.
Tunes submitted so far

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Comment by Patrick Hutchinson on May 26, 2014 at 0:45
Could you please add March to the possible kinds of tunes in the competition? I see you added Mazurka, so....

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