Traditional Irish Music
These are the final songs in this Songwriters Showcase which is a 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 has highlighted 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.
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.
The Showcase is now closed to submissions
Song #61 - Kevin McCormack / Soft She Lies
I moved to the states in 2008, to pursue a life singing folk songs in the states. Through the ups and the downs my adventures have taken me all over the states playing in bars and clubs. This song was recorded as part of my debut album in Seattle in 2012. I have since moved back to the East Coast and am based in New York, playing almost nightly in the city various Irish bars, venues and folk clubs.
Kevin McCormack - Vocals, Guitar, Alice Tilton - Fiddle, Tom Creegan - Uilleann Pipes, Jacqui Sandor- Bass and Liam Gallagher - Hammond Organ
Song #62 - James C Heaney / The Banks of the Barrow
My name is James C. Heaney. I live and work in Carlow, where I teach English Literature by day and write poetry by night. 'The Banks of the Barrow' is my first attempt at ballad-writing. It is inspired by the beautiful (still under-appreciated) landscape of Carlow, and particularly the sights to be seen along the banks of the river Barrow. It's about lost love - the greatest form of exile known to man!
Song #63 - Pearse O' Byrne / Bridge Song
There's a huge emotional minefield between being an Irish rover and a sentimental gobshite..... I'm a Dub who left Ireland in the late 'seventies, lived and worked everywhere, and now living in Vermont. I'm an actor/writer /musician type, a person my father once described as a bit of a loafer, and he wasn't far off the mark. I've never really stopped thinking about living in Ireland and this year, 2015, I hope to make it happen.
This particular song is a rag-bag of memories about emigrating. I think most Irish people who've left always feel, at some level, that leaving family is painful. I've posted about fourteen songs on SoundCloud so far. I grew up in my teens on Andy Irvine and Paul Brady, (and some Rory Gallagher and John Martyn) , but as a child my parents had Hank Williams and Marty Robbins on the record player all the time so I have a very eclectic taste in music and song, as I'm sure do a great many of my compatriots... I'm trying to get my head around O'Carolan on clarinet and I'll keep writing and playing, too late to stop now etc..,
Song #64 - Patrick O' Sullivan / Autobiography of a Navvy
The lyric connects with various projects to do with my development of Irish Diaspora Studies. The title of the song is a kind of homage to Patrick MacGill (1889-1963),
'The Navvy Poet'. The lyric also connects with a small research project conducted by the charity, Leeds Irish Heath and Homes, which looked at precisely where in Ireland the Leeds Irish come from. Mostly the Irish of Leeds come from Mayo, and have well-established links and networks.
But the charity also found a number of elderly men, from many different parts of Ireland, living isolated lives in bedsits in Leeds. These were the navvies, still living where they happened to be when the last contract ended, and when the body could no longer do the work. My lyric uses some 1970s navvy words, like 'lump' and 'subby'.
The lyric will go to the tune that in Ireland is known as 'The Croppy Boy', and in England is known as 'Lord Franklin' - and is very like the tune used by Bob Dylan in 'Bob Dylan's Dream'...
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