Tunes 11 to 15 - 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.

To listen to previously submitted tunes, follow the link

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Tune #11 - Shane Meehan / In Memory of John Meehan

My grandfather taught me the fiddle starting around the age of eight. I became interested in composition when I was about thirteen or fourteen. My tunes have a East Galway inclination, but this is mainly due to the fact that my grandfather was a big fan of that style of music and his favourite key was G minor. My favourite composers are Finbarr Dwyer, Ed Reavy, and Seamus Connolly. While I take inspiration from these great composers I also try to develop my tunes into their own aesthetic. 
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Tune #12 - David Munnelly / Cross Strand
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This is a tune I composed last year in honour of the Eirrs Peninsula in North West Mayo where I’m originally from. Website www.davidmunnelly.com
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Tune #13 - Armand Aromin / The Donkeys Breakfast
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My name is Armand Aromin, and I am a musician and luthier based in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition to winning the Senior Fiddle competition at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in 2010, I was a finalist in the Séan Ó Riada Gold Medal Fiddle Competition held in Cork, Ireland in 2011. I studied at Berklee College of Music and the University of Limerick, and I am a graduate from the North Bennet Street School where I received my diploma in Violin Making & Repair in the Spring of 2014. 
 
Picking up the fiddle and tin whistle in my mid-teens, I learned most of my music from Jimmy Devine and Patrick Hutchinson, both of whom helped to foster an interest in the lyrical and colorful styles of older musicians such as Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford, Bobby Casey, Johnny Doherty, and Tommy Reck. I began composing around the same time and draw influences from many sources.
"The Donkey's Breakfast" is another name for a straw mattress. It initially began as an attempt to compose a polska, but clearly did not want to be one. The world needs more mazurkas. Website : www.arominviolins.com
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Tune #14 - Bláthnaid Nic Cába / Taoiseach na Saoirsí (The Liberties Chieftain)
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Taoiseach na Saoirsí (The Liberties Chieftain) is a jig that I've composed in memory of the great Seán Potts which I would like to submit for the competition. In terms of my background, I grew up in Ashbourne Co.Meath in a house full of traditional music as my father plays the uilleann pipes and my mother is a native Sean nós singer, both hailing from Connemara.  I have been playing music from the age of four having learned my first tune from my father and then progressed onto concertina, flute, piano and uilleann pipes a few years later. I had regular tuition from Catherine McEvoy who lives nearby in Ratoath and also Noel Hill who, as well as my parents, both enriched my understanding and interpretation of traditional music. But, I will always be indebted to my first concertina teacher Mags Maxwell who set me off on my concertina journey. I also hold the veterans of the tradition in a high regard such as Willie Clancy, Seamus Ennis, Junior Crehan, Mrs Crotty and many more. 

I have been teaching music on concertina and flute for a number of years in my local and surrounding areas to ensure our rich and ancient tradition lives on.  I enjoy the process of composing music where I usually begin by experimenting with a few notes on the piano which then eventually grow into a new tune. For me personally,  a new tune is born depending on my mood or maybe at times of commemoration or celebration.  I work as a primary school teacher in Dublin. 
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Tune #15 - Cameron Mather / The Yellow Tailed Guppy
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Cameron Mather is a musician based in Sydney, Australia. He has been playing Irish traditional music since age 12, starting out on guitar and quickly moving on to tenor banjo to satisfy his urge to play a melody instrument. Cameron grew up surrounded by Irish music; although his parents do not play the music, they were constantly playing recordings of Irish music and foster a true love for Ireland and the music. He has gone on to play music professionally in Sydney, releasing two full length solo albums to date on which he sings and plays every instrument as well as opening for a number of touring Irish artists including The Coronas, Finbar Furey and Damien Dempsey to name a few. While Cameron often performs Irish ballads and 'folk' music, his true passion lies with traditional music and he can be found in sessions between Sydney and Dublin playing banjo, bouzouki or guitar.
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The Yellow Tailed Guppy is a tune inspired by the erratic movements of one of Cameron's fish. Guppies are a lively, energetic fish that flip wildly around in the aquarium and the melodic turns in this tune reflect the happy, playful nature of the fish!
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