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 #51 - Carlos Suberviola Oroz / The Last Minute
I am an amateur flutist that plays in the sessions throughout the Basque Country an beyond. Here is a little jig for the "New Tune Composition 2014" awards.
Tune #52 - Joe Carey / An Siocán Sneachta
Joe Carey, a native of Geesala in County Mayo, has been an active member of the music scene in Mayo for many years. He is well known as an accordion player and singer.
This tune was written during a recent spell of icy weather. The title, "An Siocán Sneachta" refers to a bird which appears along the west coast during the cold winter months. Its appearance, or so the older generation believed, was a sign of impending frost and snow.
Tune #53 - Alan Jordan / Féinmheas
Alan Jordan from Co. Mayo plays guitar, whistle and flute. He Recently recorded an album called 'Silver Threads' with concertina player Yvonne Bolton; www.yvonneandalan.com
Tune #54 - Davy Rogers / Cruisin
My name is Davy Rogers and I am a multi-instrumentalist and have been composing tunes for the last 25 years. I have published 108 of my compositions in a book (see my website www.davyrogers.com for details). I wrote "Cruisin'" in 2006 for a friend of mine Aideen Cruise, as a birthday present. I wrote it in open Gm tuning on guitar. Joe and Adele Greene from Co. Kildare kindly proof-read my book prior to its publication and recorded "Cruisin'" along with a few of my other compositions and posted them on Youtube.
Tune #55 - Noreen O' Sullivan / Caoineadh Uí Shúilleabháin
Noreen O’Sullivan is one of the finest exponents of whistle playing in the world of traditional Irish music. Her playing is characterised by its effortless flow, clarity and musicality, which, to the discerning ear, is based on an underlying mastery of technique, command and control of her instrument, the whistle. So many young musicians start their musical journey by ‘learning the whistle’, an instrument which is potentially one of the most ‘simply complex’ of instruments – Noreen’s musicianship illustrates the full potential of this most ‘intimate’ of traditional instruments. Noreen O’Sullivan is also known nationally for her detailed and dedicated commitment to teaching Irish traditional music at all levels. She has been a highly respected senior tutor at Scoil Éigse for many years, a tutor on CCE’s TTCT Teachers Course and has also contributed very significantly to the SCT exams initiative. Noreen has composed a number of tunes - three of which are on her CD "The Quiet House" released in 2012. She also won the newly composed tune competition with her double jig "Just like that" at Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann in Cavan in 2012. Seo é an chead fonn mall atá chumtha ag Noreen.
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