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Friday 29 August 2014

Songwriting trio reach finals of UK competition

Published 10/09/2013 | 05:24

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Three Carlow songwriters are flying high having seen their songs sail through to the finals of the UK Songwriting Contest, one of the oldest and most prestigious songwriting contests in the world.

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Paul Kealy, Jack Carey and Ciaran Brennan were delighted with their progress with a song that Paul and Ciaran wrote together reaching the final and a further four songs that Paul and Jack wrote together reaching the semi-finals.

The competition is judged by some of the finest producers and musical directors that the UK has to offer and is monitored by some of the biggest names in the music business, with many past winners going on to enjoy thriving music careers.

Between them, Paul, Jack and Ciaran entered six songs and were up against over 10,000 entrants. 'The Emigrants Song' written by Paul Kealy (lyricist) and Ciaran Brennan (composer) and performed by Jack Carey scored an impressive 9 out of 10.

The song has gone down to rave reviews from artists such as Luka Bloom, who described it as 'a ballad for modern Ireland'.

Paul said, 'I'm delighted to see our songs in the finals. It's a great feeling to be recognised by your peers. I have always enjoyed songwriting, so to do well in an international competition like this is great.

'It gives us a lot of confidence to do other things and it has created a lot of new opportunities for us.'

Jack, originally from Gowran, Kilkenny but now living in Carlow, said, 'It's great to receive recognition from such established professionals in the industry. Getting so far in contests like this gives you the motivation to keep at it and the confidence to continue writing and making music.'

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