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Highlights of Mountshannon Trad Festival 2014

8 p.m. Spud’s Place Friday 26th September

CD Launch "Winter Swimming". Accomplished songwriter and fiddle player Tony Trundle launches his new album.  Tony grew up in Co. Down and is now living in Co. Galway. Tony has worked with many bands and musicians from Ireland and abroad including Dermot Byrne, Johnny Moynihan, Helen Watson, Mick McGolderick to mention just a few. Influences from trad through to rock n roll can be heard on this album. The uniqueness and depth of Tony's voice, alluringly draws the listener in to a multi-sensory experience of his songs that he describes as snapshots of characters, memories and short stories.


Friday 26th September

9.30 p.m. Mountshannon Hotel, Ceili – Four Courts Ceili Band,

Saturday 27th September

10 a.m. FREE Workshops

8 p.m. Mountshannon Hotel

Grand finale of the 2014 Wings Over Mountshannon Song Competition and concert with John Weir, Bernie Geraghty and Eithne Ni Domhnail
Tickets €10.

Sunday 28th September

2 p.m. Keanes Bar
Singing session:  Fear an Ti Michael Scanlan with guest singer Michael Marrinan.

Wings Over Mountshannon Song Competition 2014

Sept. 26th - 28th

This year, 2014, is the commemoration of the death of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, and the battle of Clontarf. Brian Boru was born in Killaloe, Co. Clare and had a number of associations to various locations along the Shannon, including Holy Island, where his brother Marcan was Bishop-Abbot of Iniscealtra.

To honor our connections with Holy Island and Brian Boru, the words for inclusion in this years song competition are “Holy Island” or “Iniscealtra” and “battle”. The song composition does not have to be, but can be, about Brian Boru.

             RULES OF ENTRY

1. The lyrics must be the original work of the songwriter. The melody can be but does not have to be original. The lyrics should include reference to “Holy Island” (Iniscealtra) and "battle".

2.The contest has two categories under 18 years and 18 years and over.

3. Songs must be Traditional in character and may be entered in either the English or Irish language.

4. The Contest is open to national and international songwriters.

5. Songwriters may enter as many songs as they wish for consideration, with €10 entry fee per song.

6. Entries will not be returned – all songwriters should retain a copy of their song submission.

7. Entries may be submitted on a CD, accompanied by a copy of the lyrics; typed or clearly written, or online as mp3 recording, and typed .doc file format for lyrics.

The name of the applicant must not appear on the lyrics page but on a separate cover letter. For online applications – acceptance of application will be confirmed via email upon receipt of entry fee by post.

8. A commercial recording of the entry must not be released for sale before Saturday 27th September.

9. Finalists will be notified by 12th September, 2014.

10.The provisional adjudication will be on the basis of the CDs submitted/mp3 recording, from which 8 adult finalists will be chosen. One winner from the under 18 years category will be chosen, in advance, by adjudicators and will perform and receive their prize on the final concert night.

11. Each of the 8 finalists, and/or their chosen performer must be available to attend the final concert adjudication on Saturday 27th September. Backing tracks are not permitted for this performance. Acoustic guitar is the sole accompaniment accepted.

12. Each songwriter will be responsible for providing the singer his/her entry in the final at his/her own expense.

13. One prize only adult section – €500. Under 18 - €200.

14. Final adjudication will be on the night of the final. Decisions of the adjudication panel will be final.

15. Entry for the contest implies acceptance of all the rules.

16. All postal entries should be sent to: Cliodhna Donnellan, Co-Ordinator Mountshannon Trad Festival, Mountshannon, Co. Clare

All email entries should be sent to: cliopatricia@gmail.com
Please include your name, address, phone number, on a cover page and entry fee of €10 with your entry.

29th August, 2014.

For enquiries contact: cliopatricia@gmail.com



Mountshannon Traditional Festival

28th - 30th September 2012


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