Traditional Irish Music
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 #31 - Kiérah / Russian Red
My name is Kiérah from Vancouver, B.C. and I am a Celtic fiddle performer. I studied classical violin for 13 years along with listening to and learning different Celtic fiddle styles. I had various fiddle teachers over the years, however my biggest influence was just listening to the recordings of Martin Hayes, loving his smooth bow and lovely lyrical playing. I have recorded 3 CDs, the last one, “Stonemason’s Daughter”, received a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year. A lot of that CD was influenced by my travels in Ireland during the summer of 2012.
My website www.irishmadness.com has lots of information with some youtube videos and tracks you can listen to. Russian Red was the 70th tune that I have written - although not yet recorded. I love the tune Come West Along the Road made popular by Martin Hayes. However, trying to find a tune to follow that one was met with difficulty so..……I wrote one. Here it is.
Tune #32 - Gerard Lord / Lords
Gerard Lord is my name and I'm from Co. Meath. I play banjo and guitar . I listen to various types of music so I am unsure what this tune could be influenced by . I have not written many tunes but this seemed like a good opportunity to test myself.
Tune #33 - Ray Campbell / Jim’s Dog
Hi, I'm Ray Campbell. I'm an English illustrator and Designer, amateur fiddler, Morris musician and recent tune writer. Although born in the West of England of British parents, whenever I play in Ireland I’m asked where I’m from... I always get the same reply... “No you're not, you’re from Donegal”. The last time it happened, the usual response ( in my English accent) was followed by “What’s your surname?” When I said “Campbell” I was told “Aye that’s right, The Donegal Campbell’s”.
I picked up the instrument aged 45 and got this comment from my Sister "Shame you're too old to be any good"... What more incentive does anyone need? I suspect I may have a small amount of Irish DNA as I have such a love for the music Oh! ...and My Great grandmother was from that area of Ireland.
The tune was written for Jim McAuley, a fiddler from Larne and not just a great interpreter of Irish music but also a lovely player and writer of tunes. At the time, he was saddened by the death of his dog ‘Pippa so I wrote and gave him the tune to cheer him up. He sent me a video recording of himself playing it although, my (pale by comparison) version can be found on YouTube I love this very traditional sounding version.
Tune #34 - Dulahan ( Joe & Adele Greene )
DULAHAN - Joe and Adele Greene. We are a husband and wife duo based in County Kildare. Originally from County Donegal and Belfast respectively, we began playing traditional music together in 1999, performing in Ireland, the Netherlands and France. Our first album 'Airs and Gracenotes' features some of our early compositions and we hope to record our most recent compositions on a new album in the near future. We have uploaded many of our new tunes on our youtube channel.
About Cosán na Sióg: We composed this jig about a path in North Donegal where the fairies are said to go from one habitat to another.
Tune #35 - Tommy McCarthy / A Trip to Miltown
Here is a jig I composed call A Trip to Miltown.
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