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 #41 - Séan Quinn / Róisín's Favourite
I play accordion, both piano- and button-box and have many years of playing in Northern ceili bands (Blackthorn, Árd Rí, McPeakes, McElroys, Trasna etc) and also in sessions around counties Antrim and Down. I have been composing for a long time and a few of my tunes have made it into the wider traditional music community, through broadcasts and recordings. I hope to publish all my tunes in the near future in booklet form and also on the web.
Now in my 70s, I had a lifelong interest in sound recording, and I set up a small studio and CD publishing business in the 1990s (www.glensmusic.com) which gave me an outlet for my own music and that of other Northern Irish players. I co-operated with the fiddle teacher Denis Sweeney to produce and sell online his CD/booklet series "The Fiddle - Step by Step".The tune I have chosen to enter is a reel I composed a little while back for a friend on the birth of her first child: Róisín's Favourite. On this recording I accompany
myself on the guitar.
Tune #42 - Solomon Foster / Two Weeks To Wait
I wrote "Two Weeks To Wait" in the middle of a seemingly eternal two-week waiting period between medical tests. Its writing helped distract me from an agonizing blend of hope and anxiety over the procedures. When the wait was over, the result wasn't what we were hoping for. Half a year later, we were doing it all over again -- but that time the outcome was positive. The result was born some months later and has kept us on our toes ever since.
I'm a software developer from Michigan who has been writing tunes since 2002. For this recording, I used a Glenn Schultz Water Weasel Bb whistle.
Tune #43 - Dick Glasgow / Maurice Duncan's trip to Ballycastle
I was born in Scotland, but have been living near Ballycastle, Co. Antrim for the past 20 years. I have been playing traditional music, mostly Irish, for over 40 years now & as a full time musician I've been teaching traditional music in a number of local primary schools, both Maintained, Controlled & Integrated, here in North Antrim, for the past fifteen years. I also play in a number of local sessions.
I was inspired to compose this tune, following a visit to our local session by the very fine Scottish Fiddle player Maurice Duncan. As County Antrim is famous for Marches it just had to be a March. I play a number of instruments including Fiddle, Mandolin, Anglo & English Concertinas, Hammered Dulcimer & Nyckelharpa, but for this recording I settled for the Fiddle, Mandolin, Nyckelharpa & English Concertina. Website : http://www.dickglasgow.com/
Tune #44 - Cormac Gannon / Creek Road
I am originally from County Mayo and have been living in The San Francisco Bay Area since 1991. I have been involved in the music scene here since shortly after arriving. Two of the first musicians I met were Vincy Keehan from County Galway and Kenny Somerville from County Fermanagh, and we still play together to this day, in a couple of bands, called The Gas Men and The Toast Inspectors. I am also one of the organizers of The Fairfax Irish Music and dance Festival.
Tune #45 - Kees Knegt / Bram's Lament
I have decided to enter my tune "Bram’s Lament” for the showcase…I have composed this song a couple of weeks ago, while thinking of me father Bram, who passed away four years ago….it’s a slow air/lament, a bit in the classical Scottish tradition
Well, you asked for some bio, here goes…I’m Kees, from Spijkenisse, the Netherlands. Working as an operator on an oil-refinery, 48 years old, married and father of two lovely daughters….Born Dutch, but somehow I’ve always been „Irish” to the core….maybe not ïrish but IWish :-) I’ve been a trad junkie for many’s a year. I think it all started when I was quite young, and heard the Dubliners for the first time, think it was in 79 or so, when they released their hit with the Pogues, the Irish Rover…I was 14 at the time. But anyway, I’ve been a Dubliners fan ever since. And a lot of my singing repertoire is actually Luke Kelly stuff. I think he and Ronnie were my true teachers. And not to forget the Corries, God what a couple they were. I think they’re very much under-estimated these days, as for their heritage…And both Roy and Luke died way too early. But that’s another story altogether….I’ve been writing songs for many years too, mostly for myself, just to keep my English in shape, and as a challenge to myself. So a lot of my songs never left the building so to say…That is, until I found out about Soundcloud. It turned out to be soooo cool to record and share my songs, that I’m hooked now, and that when you get feedback on your songs it’opens up a whole new dimension….Anyway, it was also then when I bought my first whistle, at a Dubliners concert, and I’ve been hooked to that little instrument ever since….
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