Songs # 36 - 40 - Songwriter Showcase with Christy Moore

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.

Previous Submissions

Songs # 1 - 5

Songs # 6 - 10

Songs # 11 - 15

Songs # 16 - 20

Songs # 21 - 25

Songs # 26 - 30

Songs # 31 - 35

Songs # 36 - 40

Songs # 41 - 45

Songs # 46 - 50

Songs # 51 - 55

Songs # 56 - 60

Songs #61 - 65

Song #36 - Louise Rogan / Ten Thousand Melodies

My name is Louise Rogan and I'm originally from Manchester, UK. Six years ago I moved to Chicago to pursue classical vocal training as a mezzo soprano and I am now based in the Windy City with my husband and our mini goldendoodle, Margie. Despite my love of classical music and performing opera, traditional folk music and especially songwriting has always been very dear to me. 

"Ten Thousand Melodies" is a reflection on what has been a somewhat emotional transition to a new life in America. Leaving family and loved ones thousands of miles away was not easy, but despite the physical distance between us, music continues to find ways of bringing us together, connecting home with home. 

Song #37 - Bill Troxler / Last Earl of Clare

My name is Bill Troxler.  I play in the trio, 3 Sheets.  The trio performs fifty or sixty two-set shows a year.  Our music includes traditional, Celtic, nautical, original and old-time styles. I teach hammer dulcimer and bodhrán as well as music theory classes.  I also play cittern, guitar, whistle, mandolin and bouzouki.  I live on Chincoteague Island, four miles off the coast of Virginia in the U.S.A.  I was founding president of the traditional music and arts festival Common Ground on the Hill   Common Ground will celebrate its 21st year of operation in July 2015.  

My entry to the Tradconnect Songwriter Showcase 2014 is titled "The Last Earl of Clare".  The song tells the story of a 19th century technique used by noblemen to ensure that their daughters did not marry below their station.  The noblemen would, sometimes, arrange for a young suitor to be trundled off to a ship with a one-way ticket to America.  But, at least in this song, the young lovers have the final say in the matter.  This song has never been previously recorded.  

Song #38 - Ray Campbell / This Side of the Hills

I'm an illustrator, designer, amateur musician and very recently (as of your competition) song writer. Firstly apologies… I'm not a singer or a sound recordist but as this is a song writing competition I guess that's ok. The song is about people who have no choice but to work away from  home and family, often exploited and often unlikely to return.  This one though (unusually) has a happy ending.  'This side of the Hills' can of course be anywhere, both geographically and emotionally. I've drawn my inspiration from living 30 years on the East, (flat) side of England then returning to the Somerset hills where I was born.

I had no idea how much I missed the good natured people and hilly landscape until I saw a cloud formation on the horizon whilst driving into work. It fooled me for a moment into seeing a range of hills. A moment of joy then lead to that sinking feeling which made me realise how attached I was to that part of the Country. I've now been back for 20 years. England of course is not just one Country but consists of several cultures. North of Watford is another world to Londoners. Somerset is a million miles from the Essex coast... in every sense except geographically. The song digs into those deep longings, disappointments and the dawning of reality, which I've then applied to the plight of migrant workers who represent a form of modern day slavery. Not a million miles from here.

Song #39 - Orla Mockler / Humming Bird Blue

We are two sisters from Dublin that have grown up playing guitar and singing folk songs together, always focusing on incorporating vocal harmony when performing.  We love to play at local sing/songs sessions, family events, weddings and occasional city gigs. We set a project for ourselves over this summer to write a song of our own. 

 This is a simple folk ballad and melody telling a simple story enhanced by vocal harmony.  We also play acoustic guitar on this track as a minimal accompaniment. We really hope you enjoy this simple air.
Thank you, The Mockler Sisters.

Song #40 - Robert Doyle / Flags of Belfast

Robert Doyle is an acoustic guitarist and singer from Dublin playing a mixture of traditional and original material. His debut album, Life in Shadows, was released in 2011 and the follow-up is scheduled for 2015. As a past student of French-Algerian master musician Pierre Bensusan his guitar playing has received notable acclaim.

The song 'Flags of Belfast' was written, to a traditional air, after the recent protests over the flying of the Union Flag at Belfast City hall.

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