Tunes 1 to 5 - Tradconnect/Tunes in the Church "New Tune Composition 2014"

Welcome to the Tradconnect/Tunes in the Church "New Tune Composition Award" 2014.  This award is a partnership between Tradconnect and the award winning concert series Tunes in the Church, organised by Cormac Begley. The winning composer will receive a prize of €500 plus the chance to have the tune recorded on the next Tunes in the Church CD.  This is really a showcase for composers of Irish traditional music and is not a competition as such. Although a prize for the selected tunes exists, we have done this solely as an incentive to get people to submit their work. Over the course of this campaign we hope to uncover and highlight as many composers as possible.

We have posted a more detailed background on how to enter which you can find by following this link.  Submitted tunes will be highlighted in batches of 5 to 10, depending on volumes.

Tune #1 - Gráinne Brady /  The Quartz Jig

My name is Gráinne Brady and I am a fiddle player from County Cavan. I have been playing since I was about 4 years old and began composing when I was 15 years of age. I developed my style initially through trad sessions in Ireland, but since settling in Glasgow nearly 3 years ago, I have had more of a Scottish influence.

I play in a duo with piano player Tina Jordan Rees and our set list is comprised entirely of our own compositions. I am passionate about writing and arranging tunes. I have recently started up a small business and website (www.cailinfolkmusic.com) which specialises in writing and arranging music for events. I therefore post all my new tunes on my Cailín Folk Music soundcloud account.

I composed this jig around just two chords; Dmaj and Cmaj, and am pleased with the result, as it meant I could easily back it on the fiddle. I have recently started up a traditional string quartet with friends, and have nicknamed us "The Quartz" until we settle on a band name. When I arranged the tune for soundcloud they were en route to mine for our first rehearsal so I quickly named it "The Quartz Jig"!

Tune #2 - Tina Jordan Rees / Superknit

My name is Tina Jordan Rees and I was brought up in Lancashire where I learnt Irish dance and Irish music on the whistle, flute and piano. I studied on the BA Irish Music and Dance in Limerick and transferred to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow to complete my degree with a BA Hons in Scottish Music. My style of playing is steeped in traditional Irish music and I now have influences from Scotland. I am now based in Glasgow working as a professional musician. I teach the piano, whistle and flute and play in various trad ensembles including a duo with fiddler Grainne Brady where we play all our own compositions. I was a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2011 and a nominee in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2013.

I love composing tunes and was excited when I heard about this competition. The tune I have submitted is a jig in A minor called "Superknit". The title is for my mum, a super mum who is a super knitter. I have been trying out various composing techniques over the past few months and for this one I set myself a time limit. I am delighted with the result as this is one of my favourite tunes that I have written.


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Tune #3 - Enda Seery / The Wisdom of Seamus
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‘The Wisdom of Seamus’ (jig) is a tune Enda Seery has composed for his Dad, Seamus Seery. Seamus has been associated with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann for over 30 years and his wise words and calming manner always have had a positive effect on people. He is being honoured this July with a Comhaltas recognition award at the Leinster Fleadh Cheoil in Moate in his home County of Westmeath for his service, volunteerism and dedication to Comhaltas in his local branch of Castletown Geoghegan and on the County Board of Westmeath Comhaltas.

Enda Seery from Streamstown, Co. Westmeath in the heart of Ireland is a whistle and flute player, composer, singer and teacher very much on the rise. He is also a respected adjudicator and administrator with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. His debut album “The Winding Clock: Traditional Irish Music on the Whistle” was released to critical acclaim in 2010.  In 2012, Enda graduated with First Class Honours from the Masters course in Traditional Irish Music Performance from the University of Limerick. In April of 2013, he released his second studio album, “Síocháin na Tuaithe: Peace of the Countryside, Traditional Irish Music and Song” which features many more of Enda’s traditional compositions with Enda this time expanding to whistles, flute, piano and vocals. Enda is now a professional teacher and musician.


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Tune #4 - Ruairí Crummey / 2-1-2-2-1-2-1
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Tune #5 - Ronnie Bracke / Ron's Barndance
Hi. Here is the link to my tune. I would think of it as a barndance. I am a session flute player and about every two months I am in Ireland to play tunes. I live in Belgium and am a member of Tradconnect. Thanks for listening.
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