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.
The closing date for entries is 31st December 2014
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Song # 46 - Fiona O' Leary / Loaded with the Blues
My name is Fiona O'Leary and I have been writing songs for many years now. I am a Mother to five wonderful children and a lover of Music. This song "Loaded with the blues" is written about my turbulent relationship with my Father. It was written 15 years ago and it means a lot to me as my Father is not in my life anymore. My Father was one of the many Irish emigrants who was sent to England in the sixties at a very young age and had to make it on his own. I hope you enjoy it.
Song # 47 - Seán Butler / My Land
Hi my name is Seán. I'm 29 and from Dublin. I'm a singer and I suppose a songwriter now since I've just wrote this, my first song. It's about emigration. I was due to leave a few years ago, visa and all paid for, but I happened to get a job a few weeks before hand so I didn't leave. I find myself in the same position now with no job. I've seen my family and friends leaving over the years, some married and settled now, never to return other than every few years for a holiday. So the song is about what I feel it would be like leaving. Hopefully it won't happen because despite its faults, I love this country.
Song # 48 - Cáitlín Seoighe / The Ballad of Newfoundland
This Song is sung by Róisín Seoighe aged 15. Róísin lives in Connemara. At the aged of 8 Róisín danced sean nós on the Late late Toy Show. Also at the age of 8 she traveled under invitation of the then president Mary Mc Aleese to Liverpool where she both danced and sang sean nós in Saint Georges Hall. Since then she has won many local competitions as well as many All Ireland titles at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and Oireachtas na Gaeilge. The Song she is singing is called the Ballad of Newfoundland it is written by her mother Cáitlín Seoighe who writes many songs, but this is the first time ever entering a competition.
Song # 49 - Bud Frazer / How Many More
I am a singer/songwriter from Co. Antrim and have been involved in folk music since the mid 90's. I have written many songs and have two CD's recorded of my work. One is a general collection of my work and the other is a CD written specifically for the 100th commemoration of the loss of the Titanic. I generally play in sessions around Co. Antrim but have also played in parts of Europe and South Africa. I love being involved in the pub session. This song I have written stays on the emigration theme and is based on a friends daughter emigrating with her Scottish husband to Canada. The reference to the harp in the song refers to her previous involvement in the Belfast and Irish Harp Orchestras. She continues to play harp in Canada.
Song # 50 - Harris Tobias & Dhomhniall Lopez / On the Banks of the Rivanna
One of my greatest honours to date has been to work with two great talented musicians and a creative lyricist, namely Dulahan IRL (Joe & Adele Greene) and Harris Tobias,....all members of Tradconnect. Together, we have accomplished a wonderful original piece of music entitled "ON THE BANKS OF THE RIVANNA". The Rivanna River, 42.1 miles long, is a tributary of the James River located in Central Virginia, USA. There is an historical connection of many Irish & Scottish settlers in the area.
Lyrics by Harris Tobias
Music by Dhomhniall Lopez
Arrangement magnificently assisted by Joe & Adele Greene of DULAHAN IRL
Vocal / 12 String Guitar: Dhomhniall Lopez. Mandolin / Organ : Joe Greene. Violin: Adele Greene