Competition gives Limerick songwriters fresh opportunity

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

A NEW songwriting competition is giving writers and composers of original music the opportunity to have their music heard by a wider audience.

A NEW songwriting competition is giving writers and composers of original music the opportunity to have their music heard by a wider audience.

Mark Maguire, Shane O’Reilly and Callum McAdam from rock band, Bipolar Empire, took time out from their hectic touring and recording schedule to lend their support at the launch of Ballyhoura Community Radio’s brand new nationwide songwriting competition. The competition is open to all writers/composers of original music. The winning entrant receives prizes to the value of €10,000, recognition, exposure and the chance to be heard by a group of judges consisting of well-known artists and industry professionals. This year’s judges include Dave Reid, founder and director of choice music prize, Kieran Lynch, internationally renowned producer, mixer and recording engineer, Steve Wall, singer and songwriter from The Stunning and The Walls, Nadine O’Riordan, RTE, Phantom radio and Sunday Business Post and Shane Dunne, managing director of Curve Music Management.

Dublin-based band Bipolar Empire, are themselves no strangers to success on the Irish Music scene, storming the airwaves with their hit songs ‘Tempomanic’ and of course ‘Feel that you own it’.

The success of ‘Feel that you own it’ led to Ireland 2012 Olympic hopeful, world champion boxer Katie Taylor starring in their acclaimed music video. Speaking from the BCR studios at Smiths Lane, Charleville lead vocalist Shane O Reilly said: “We are delighted to lend our support. As a songwriter myself, I would encourage any composer of original music hoping to make it in the industry to enter. It’s a brilliant opportunity to gain a platform for your songs and the prizes are amazing.” The closing date for entry is August 12. For information visit www.bcradio.ie or contact Keith at the studio 063 30033