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.
Songs # 1 - 5
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Songs # 11 - 15
Songs # 16 - 20
Songs # 21 - 25
Songs # 26 - 30
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Song #21 - Ian Lynch / Déanta in Éireann
My name is Ian Lynch, I am 33, I have an MLitt in Irish Folklore, and I play in a band called Lynched.
I started off trying to write a song about emigration and how terrible it was that so many young people had to leave the country to find a living. But then I realised that most people I know are delighted to get out of the country, which in many ways has become something of an embarrassment in recent years. I realised that simply writing another emigration song, in the traditional sense, would make no sense. So the song grew its own legs, lifted one, and ended up pissing all over Ireland and our self-perceived greatness. It’s not all gloom and doom however, and the last few lines express the hope that one day we might actually learn to stand up for ourselves.
Song #22 - Robin Hiermer / The Banks of Inishfree
My name is Robin Hiermer. I'm from Germany. In the early 90's I got inspired by the beautiful music in McGann's Pub in Doolin, Co Clare. One-legged Ted MacCormack sang those breathtaking songs and later explained the stories behind them. In '96 I founded THE CEILI FAMILY and began to write more and more original songs. I always try to take the musical roots but also add something in order to create something new. The Banks of Inishfree is about things I saw in Ireland during my numerous visits and about things I only saw in my imagination.
My main inspirations are the songs of Shane MacGowan, Phil Chevron, The Pogues, The Dubliners and...of course Christy Moore. I was lucky enough to see all of them live and also interview some of them which was great and a big honour!
Here's more Solo Demo stuff: http://ceilifamily.de/THE_CEILI_FAMILY/SOLO_DEMO.html
Song #23 - Richard Whelan / Spanish Point
I am a singer/songwriter who likes to write songs in the vernacular. I use my own accent and write about real life. This was written after a walk on Spanish Point beach. I was thinking of the sailors wading ashore from the shipwreck, and the idea that one of them took up with an Irish girl. Its a love song and a ghost song.
Song #24 - Declan Healy / Where They Did Grow
My name is Declan Healy and I perform as Himself and the Rest. I started writing these songs 2 years ago, tackling issues such as immigration and the recession in Ireland as I watched it unfold around me. I'm from Donard in Wicklow and the song I wish to submit is about my older brother and sister who are both living in Australi, my sister for 6 years. I wrote this last year as it was the first time we were all together in 5 years for Christmas, probably the last ever Christmas we'll spend completely together as we grow older and our own families grow.
The song is entitled Where They Did Grow.
Song #25 - Edmund Gorman / Meat and Potatoes
Edmund Gorman is a young 48 year old man living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Both of his parents came from County Donegal in the late 1950's. He has enjoyed success with bands like Eardrum, The Herd, Puck Finn, and his current project, Edmund Gorman and Two Left Shoes. He incorporates his Irish soul, humour and wit into his music! He is also the proud father of two amazing musicians......Patrick on drums and Maya on violin! Edmund is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, accordionist and too many other things to mention! Slainte!