Traditional Irish Music
This Songwriters Showcase is a new collaboration with the legendary Christy Moore. Providing an outlet for composers and writers is an essential goal of Tradconnect and it is hoped that this showcase will highlight some great new writers and performers. We are honored to have Christy listening to this material and giving his support.
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 stands out. While we have a desire to uncover songs that deal with "modern day emigration" we will accept all songs in the folk and ballad tradition as set out in the link below.
To submit a song read this article where we set out some basic guidelines. A closing date for entries has not yet been set, so check back for updates.
Song #11 - Padraig Lalor / The Exiled
Hi. My name is Padraig Lalor, I have been a singer songwriter for many years. Most of my writing reflects growing up in Northern Ireland. The song "The Exiled" was written from memories of family members leaving Belfast during the troubles and fleeing to Australia. Due to the peace process many of those exiles are now returning. More information about my music can be found on my site at www.padraiglalor.com
Song #12 - Rémi Branvihan / Remembering Ireland
I was born and bred in Brittany (Breizh) from an Irish loving mother and a naval officer from France. I grew up between my little town of Keroman and "Le Bar des Pêcheurs" (a traditional Breton bar) in Lorient. Every year, during the Inter-Celtic Festival, I would be highly exposed to Irish, Scottish and Galician music, this on top of the traditional Breton music which I grew up with. Me Ma kept telling me stories about a green land up North (Ireland) which was the heaven of the wild, the passionate, the scholars, the loving, tortured but peaceful mind.
At the young age of 20 I left my house, friends and family with 300€ in my pocket and took a flight bound for Ireland. I lived there for about 4 years and if my experiences there were quite special - you still have that trauma of leaving your keen - I fell in love with the country, its people, and was quickly adopted as one of their own. Ireland gave me the passion for life, peace and - most importantly - music, and I started to write songs there. I wrote and wrote, composed, learnt tunes, played sessions, I could never give up on the music... It was part of the gift that Eireann had granted me. People were kind both in their critics and advice.
This song that I am sending you, I played it for the first time at The Liffey Arms pub in Newbridge (Co. Kildare) where my best friend lives (Christy will understand why this place is meaningful to me). The song relates to whom I was before my travel and whom I was bound to become because of the warm welcoming of the Gaels. I am not afraid to say that Ireland has conquered my heart and soul, and I would not choose to die in any other country when time will have me worn out and dry as an olden tree.
Song #13 - Stephen Martinez / The Emergency ( Emerald Green)
The Song is inspired by the brave Irish men that fought against the Nazis only to be shunned at home while their British comrades were welcomed home as heroes. My grandfather, Seamus Behan, while being every bit as much of a republican as his more famous brothers Brendan and Dominic and proud of his father, Stephen (one of Michael Collins’ Twelve Apostles) nevertheless loved England and was proud to have fought to defeat fascism. I have been playing guitar and writing songs for the last 20 years. At present I am part of the Pig and Whistle Band with My uncle Brendan Behan. We play traditional Irish Folk songs and of course many of the songs penned by Dominic, Brendan and our Great Uncle Paedar Kearney.www.facebook.com/BrendanBehansPigAndWhistleBand ; I also play solo gigs and teach guitar and ukulele. When not playing music I teach Taekwon-do and I am a carpenter specializing in historic buildings. Many thanks. Stephen Martinez
Song #14 - David Brennan / Tipperary Star
Below is a link to my song uploaded to Soundcloud called Tipperary Star. I have just returned to Ireland after living abroad in Tokyo for twelve years. I have been writing songs for the last few years and have self produced 2 albums. I formed and played in an Irish folk band in Tokyo and had another band for original songs called John The Elephant. I have played twice live on the Dublin radio station Dublin South Fm and have had songs played on that a few times. I am currently living in Limerick where I continue to write songs, short stories, poems and I'm working on a novel.
Song #15 - Pat McCullagh / Dublin Days
I am a designer, songwriter and bass player from Dublin. I have played bass guitar in many Dublin bands and trad sessions over the years for enjoyment, and have been songwriting since the 80's. I wrote the song "Dublin Day's" about the effect recent emigration has had on life's journey for many young Irish people. Though she has made a successful new life for herself abroad, the subject of the song, always feels a sense of loss and yearning for the people who make Dublin her true home. Gerard Farrelly co-wrote the music, arranged and played the piano. Sinead's beautiful voice enhances the song demo greatly.
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