Tunes 21 to 25 - 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.

The final tune will be chosen by Peadar Ó Riada.

To submit a tune follow this link.

Tune #21 - Shannon Heaton / Frame The Cat

My name is Shannon Heaton. I play/sing in a duo with my husband Matt. I also perform with the Boston-based band Long Time Courting. In 2001,  I moved to Boston from Chicago (with pit stops in Boulder, Colorado; Suphanburi, Thailand; and several winters in Clare and Galway in the late 90s.).

I wrote "Frame the Cat" after our friend Janet gave us a handmade picture frame for a photo of, well, a cat. This cat looked a bit like a swan, so I referenced the great Ed Reavy tune at the very start. Please be in touch with Shannon at

Tune #22 - Maurice Lennon / Ben Lennon’s Hornpipe

This is a tune I wrote in honor of my Dad Ben in respect of his contribution to Irish music and as a little Christmas gift last year. Many thanks. Maurice

Tune #23 - Saileog Ní Cheannabháin / Méaracáin Mhordáin

Saileog Ní Cheannabháin is a musician and singer. A native Irish speaker, her sean-nós singing style is mainly influenced by singers from Iorras Aithneach in the Connemara Gaeltacht. She plays traditional music on fiddle, piano and viola, and also studied classical piano for twelve years. Having graduated with a BMus (2009), University College Cork awarded her the Seán Ó Riada Prize, for a study of the Songs and Singers of Iorras Aithneach. She has performed at various festivals and venues in Ireland and abroad, including Féile Joe Éiniú, Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh, Éigse Dhiarmaid Uí Shúilleabháin, Scoil Geimhreadh Merriman, Cooley-Collins Festival and Scoil Samhradh Willie Clancy. In 2012, Saileog released a CD of sean nós songs that were collected by Seamus Ennis in the 1940s in Iorras Aithneach, Connemara.

About the tune: This tune came about when I was out walking near Aill na Méaracán (the cliff of the foxgloves) on a bog road in Iorras Aithneach, Connemara, a few years ago. The first part of the tune came into my head while looking over at Cnoc Mordáin (Mordán's hill), and I added the rest of it later on. Mordán, according to local folklore, was a druid who had the hill named after him. The title is a mixture of the two place names, so it became "Méaracáin Mhordáin"  - Mordán's foxgloves.

Tune #24 - Patrick Dunn / The Sheep's Head

My name is Patrick Dunn. I grew up playing flute in Holyoke, MA. There were lots of good sessions and great older Irish American players in the Holyoke/Springfield area. I now live in Govan in Glasgow with my wife (from Govan) and son. I played music in pubs for a living for a good few years. Now I prefer to play at home but it's hard to stay at home with so many great musicians playing in Glasgow. I have a particular interest in antique flutes and piccolos. I restore them to the best of my ability. The tune is a 3 part mazurka named for a procession through the streets of Govan (the Govan Fair) that is preceded by a Sheep's head on a pole. The tune is played on a French flute with very small holes that I am working on.

Tune #25 - Yvonne Casey / After Midnight

Co. Clare fiddler Yvonne Casey began playing at the age of 7. Her first teacher was Frank Custy, and she grew up surrounded by the richness of Clare music. Yvonne has always respected and loved the playing of musicians like Tommy Peoples and James Cullinan. Like many young musicians, in her teens Yvonne discovered the joys of Doolin. There she befriended Kevin Griffin, Eoin O’Neill and many of the great musicians in that place. Since the 1990’s Yvonne has played with The Ceili Bandits, and they recorded 2 CD’s. Yvonne recorded a beautiful CD of her music in 2004. She toured Europe, the U.S, and Ireland with The Ceili Bandits and she has played in the UK and Ireland as a member of Bushplant.  Yvonne loves to play with other people especially singers like Luka Bloom, Jon O’Connell and Gerry Molloy. She teaches regularly and has been composing music for 15 years.

To submit a tune follow this link

Tunes submitted so far


Tunes 5 - 10

Tunes 11 - 15

Tunes 16 - 20

Tunes 21 - 25

Tunes 26 - 30

Tunes 31 - 35

Tunes 36 - 40

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Comment by Susie Cox on July 2, 2014 at 14:02

#22 sounds remarkably like Flo's Hornpipe, composed by Kevin Carey, and recorded by him in 2001 on the cd Suantrai, with John Canny and Terence O' Reilly.

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