Tunes 5 to 10 - 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 submit a tune follow this link


Tune #6 - Ed Harris / The Waterfall

I am a multi-instrumentalist and soloist who enjoys composing, arranging, and recording traditional and contemporary traditional music in the Celtic, Folk, and Bluegrass genres. I have played guitar (my primary instrument) since age 6, and I had studied classically under Jose Serrano later as a young adult. I was also influenced by the likes of Chet Atkins, James Taylor, and Jim Croce. I play fiddle, keyboard, acoustic upright bass, mandola, mandolin, harmonica, cello, and I provide all instrumentation on all recorded material. My most recent projects included release of my first CD, “Two Rivers”, (Jan 2014) and providing music for a documentary film project (Directed and Produced by “Folk Films”). This latest documentary represents the 4th film I have provided material for.  I perform all instrumentation and record all my material from within my home studio. Thank you in taking the time to listen, and it really is a privilege to be considered for this project.

Tune #7 - Charlene Adzima / The Bird on the Bow

My name is Charlene Adzima and I'm a fiddler living in Stoughton, Wisconsin, USA. I have been playing violin for 22 years and began my interest in Irish music nearly 20 years ago. I started playing Irish music at my local session in Columbus, Ohio, led by House Band member Ged Foley. Over the years, the tunebug bit me and I took workshops with Liz Carroll, Antóin Mac Gabhann, Seamus Connolly, James Kelly, Oisín Mac Diarmada, and more. I did not grow up with a CCÉ group, but I did still compete at several Midwestern USA Fleadhanna Cheoil and won the 2005 Senior Fiddle competition, heading to Ireland for the second time. I have played in many bands and have had a great time playing festivals, concerts, and workshops all over the USA. I currently teach violin and fiddle in the Madison, Wisconsin area.

I wrote my first tune in 1995, but it wasn't until 2001 that I started taking it a bit more seriously. I wrote tunes to commemorate my graduation from high school and the closing of Tara Hall, where our local session was located. I am greatly influenced by the playing and tune-writing of Liz Carroll, although I also enjoy tunes by Mairtín O'Connor and Finbar Dwyer.

My submission, "The Bird on the Bow" is a reel that I wrote for my fiddle twin Amy McNally, with whom I grew up playing violin in Columbus, Ohio. When we were young, she would put her lovebirds on her bow and they would happily stay put, even as the bow moved up and down and across the strings. The funny thing was that loads of people attributed that feat to me, even though I did not have birds at the time. I do now have three cockatiels and none of them enjoy a bow ride. Thanks for this opportunity and let me know if you need anything else!

Tune #8 - Cormac Crummy / S.T.J.

My name is Cormac Crummey, a 16 year old banjo player and guitarist from Belfast. As part of an upcoming band "Athrú" we play a lot of new material composed by ourselves, the recording itself was taken from our performance in Derry's "An Re Nua 2014" competition a few weeks ago in which we were fortunate to win. Since then we have begun recording our debut EP so things are busy with exams too! With regards composing, I'm fortunate enough for it to just come naturally to me. Being a nominee in BBC's Young Composer Competition last year, winning the Newly Composed Competition in the Fleadh at County and Provincial level, and achieving 100% in GCSE Music Composition, I find composing a really enjoyable thing to do.

The tune "S.T.J." itself is a Jig in A major. Initially written when I was 14 as a simple 2 part Jig in A, with a slight twist in the second part. Almost a year later I discovered the tune on an old piece of manuscript entitled "S.T.J." (Not entirely sure what it meant) and decided to write another two parts, again, the 2nd part of this addition to the tune had a twist. Even today, no one apart from myself and the lads in Athrú actually knows what "S.T.J." means, but the clue is, the "J" stands for Jellyfish...

Tune #9 - Gavin Collis / Slow air at Sligo

This tune is named after a harbour in north Sligo - which looks back onto all the mountain ranges in Sligo, and faces the Atlantic on the other side. While all the music in Sligo traditionally has come from various parts around  the south of the county - the scenery is to the north and west. It's a tune that reflects the wide open spaces of Sligo , and the sea that surrounds it , a tune that ebbs and flows.

Tune #10 - Eddie Smyth / Maureen's Delight

I  come from Co Meath but I am now living in Belturbet Co Cavan. I have been playing the box for quite a few years now both on and off stage. I grew up in a Musical Familly, my father played the box and my mother the Melodeon. A few years ago I started getting into composing a few tunes and this Hornpipe here'' Maureens Delight'' I composed for my daughter.

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