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 honoured 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 #6 - Lorcán Mac Mathúna / I am the Foyle
I wrote this song about departing from Derry, for the Fleadh in Derry 2013. It references the Foyle and its flow through the city and to the sea, and the memories it collects on its way. Lorcán Mac Mathúna is known as a Sean Nós singer who dabbles in composition and arrangement.
Song #7 - The Jeremiahs / Forgotton Sons
The inspiration for this song came after watching a documentary on the forgotten Irish in England and the Irish film Kings which is based on the play The Kings of Kilburn Road. We jokingly refer to one of Ireland's pastimes being emigration but the truth is the Irish have a long history and tradition of emigrating to try and find a better life. Some succeed and some don't and this song is dedicated to the latter. Grá mór. www.thejeremiahs.ie
Song # 8 - Kevin Wade / A Hundred Years
Kevin Wade here from band “Screefy” we would like to enter our song which is called “A Hundred Years” into the competition. The song was written by lead singer Andy Murphy, accompanied by myself on keyboard strings, and Audrey Trainor on Violins. We are not a traditional Irish music band as such but we use a lot of traditional influences in our music and particularly in this song. We hope that does not put us at too much of a disadvantage on this occasion. You can check out more information on the band using the links below http://screefy.net
Song #9 - Harry Cullen / Home thoughts from W.A.
My name is Harry Cullen. I play in a number of groups in the Dublin area including The Nightowls (originals and covers) and The Squares (just covers). I play guitar, uke and harmonica and sing. I lived in Perth, Western Australia for 3 years, and the longing for home filled my waking and sleeping. Thinking of home, dreaming of the good times, the grass is always greener etc. So my dream one day was filled of memories of a weekend in Cappanalea, Co. Kerry, and a song popped out.
Song #10 - Kees Knegt / The Flower of Argyll
I’m Kees, from Spijkenisse, the Netherlands. Working as an operator on an oil-refinery, 48 years old, married and father of two lovely daughters….Born Dutch, but somehow I’ve always been "Irish” to the core….maybe not Irish but "IWish". I’ve been a trad junkie for many’s a year. I think it all started when I was quite young, and heard the Dubliners for the first time, think it was in 79 or so, when they released their hit with the Pogues, The Irish Rover…I was 14 at the time. But anyway, I’ve been a Dubliners fan ever since. And a lot of my singing repertoire is actually Luke Kelly stuff. I think he and Ronnie were my true teachers. And not to forget the Corries, God what a couple they were. I think they’re very much under-estimated these days, as for their heritage…And both Roy and Luke died way too early. But that’s another story altogether….I’ve been writing songs for many years too, mostly for myself, just to keep my English in shape, and as a challenge to myself. So a lot of my songs never left the building so to say…That is, until I found out about Soundcloud. It turned out to be soooo cool to record and share my songs, that I’m hooked now, and that when you get feedback on your songs it’opens up a whole new dimension….Anyway, the song I’d like to enter I’ve named "The Flower of Argyll.” It may not be completely on modern immigration, but immigration it is….So here goes :
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