Tunes 26 to 30 - 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 #26 - Danny Diamond / Doris Street

Doris Street is a very new tune, not yet two weeks old. It's named for the street where I live.

Danny Diamond is a fiddle player based in Dublin, Ireland. His music draws heavily on family influences (his parents Dermy and Tara being well-known traditional musicians) along with the Donegal fiddle tradition and the musical traditions of Dublin city.

Danny has just finished work on his debut solo album which will be launched in July 2014 at the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. He also plays with the Irish traditional band Mórga, who released their second album 'For the Sake of Auld Decency' in December 2013, and with experimental acoustic trio Slow Moving Clouds.

Tune #27 - Órlaith McAuliffe / Brogan’s Summer

My name is Órlaith McAuliffe and I am a flute and whistle player from London. My parents hail from Killarney, Co. Kerry which I visit every year, and this is where my love for Traditional Irish Music stems from. I have been playing Irish music since I was 7 years old and began composing at the age of 12. The majority of my compositions have come to me during my school and university holidays - (when my brain is nice and relaxed!) and the same goes for this tune I have submitted.  I wrote this reel 4 years ago for my sister, Brogan McAuliffe. Brogan is a whistle and concertina player, and can be heard here on the concertina playing 'Brogan's Summer' with me on the flute. I hope you like it!

Tune #28 - John O’ Neill / John’s Song

John O'Neill, from Ballon, Co Carlow. Born 1929. Emigrated 1949. Made my way eventually with my wife, Eileen, daughter Ann, son Robert to New Zealand where I now live alone in the village of Kaiwaka and loving it. Two years ago I renewed my childhood interest in traditional music and the harmonica which I found I could still play - after a fashion. I do a gig with friends for local retirement homes and similar captive audiences.

This song has haunted me, unfinished, for a long time because of of childhood memories which also frame my novel, Children of the Cromlech, on e-books.  Your Tradconnect set me a challenge to finish it. It deserves better treatment but I have my limitations.

I have lyrics - “When I remember now/All the children/ All the mother's sons/And daughters dear /My heart is sore/With sadness mourning/The ones who died/As if never here.”

I'm working to complete. Maybe a flight to Carlow/Kilkenny in October will move it along.

Tune # 29 - Dan Possumato / The Derryloughan Polka

‘The Derryloughan Polka' is a tune Dan composed and named after an area near Newport, Mayo, where he recently played tunes with some old and new friends.

Dan Possumato has lived in Alaska, Virginia, Oregon, West Virginia and Germany, where he was usually able to find trad music within commuting distance.  He was with the U.S. Army in Germany for a total of 15 years, and during that time he estimates he made about 20 or more trips to Ireland to share tunes with other musicians. He mainly plays the one-row melodeon, but also plays a two-row box. His debut album “Land of Sunshine” was released in 2006, and his second CD was released in 2010. Both have received critical acclaim in Ireland, the USA, and elsewhere. Dan is working on a third CD entitled "Tunes Inside," due out sometime in the Fall of 2014. He currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Tune #30 - Cathal Faughnan / Michael Faughnan’s

This is a trad tune I named after my Father. I wrote it as a melody on piano and transcribed it on Sibelius. Kial Wallace produced it and I enlisted Darragh Brannigan to play banjo. He sent me a demo and he had recorded guitar in the background. I thought it really suited it so I asked him to record guitar as well.

Cathal Faughnan is a twenty- one composer from Co. Mayo. He is the primary songwriter in A Few Brave Souls. You can listen to their music at this website He is currently studying Composition and is going into his fourth year in Dundalk Institute of Technology.

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