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Christy Moore’s search for new songwriting talent

Folk music legend Christy Moore has teamed up with musicians’ site Tradconnect in a project to help the next generation of songwriters.

The ‘Songwriter’s Showcase’ provides an opportunity for new writers and performers to gain some exposure.

Christy Moore's search for new songwriting talent

Moore will listen to songs by the artists and offer support. He says he is excited at the prospect at discovering some great new material.

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Norwegian choir give a new take on classic Irish tune

A Norwegian University choir has put a new twist on one of Ireland’s favourite songs.

Norwegian choir give a new take on classic Irish tune
The folk classic Rocky Road to Dublin was performed by the Trondhjems Studentersangforening, an 80-strong singing group, and they do a pretty good job with it.

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Dubliner’s audition delights X Factor judges

Ireland has a star-in-the-making as Dubliner Janet Grogan wowed both judges and audience on the X Factor with her second audition at Wembley.

Dubliner’s audition delights X Factor judges
The 26-year-old gave a stunning rendition of U2’s Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. The performance had the crowd on their feet cheering, and head judge Simon Cowell grinning from ear to ear.

Grogan received a ‘Yes’ from Cowell and fellow judges Cheryl Cole, Mel B and Louis Walsh, to progress through to the next stage of the competition.

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Irish singer Coade’s moving video celebrates father and son bond

Irish singer songwriter Coade has teamed up with photographer Mick Quinn to produce a moving video to one of his songs.

The song, called Understand, was written by Coade for his son when he was a child. The video features several pairs of fathers and sons.

Coade’s son is now aged 21 and lives in America. He was unable to feature in the video. Instead Coade took the ‘son’ role in the video, appearing with his father.

Still from video for Understand by Coade

Coade said: ““I’ve been a musician forever. I actually wrote this song years ago for my boy Sam. I knew he would grow up and I wanted it to document my love for him.

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Butterfly rests on flute player’s face during competition

A Japanese flute player was joined by a fluttery friend as she took part in a competition earlier this week.

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It seemed that a butterfly was so enchanted by the delicate music performed by Yukie Ota that the equally delicate animal perched on the flutist’s face to get a closer look as she played.

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