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Alice's tune is a 'Hit' – with more to come

David Medcalf

Published 13/08/2013 | 05:34

Alice Lynskey

FERNS songwriter Alice Lynskey finds herself in the charts after writing a successful song for The Stunning.

And the 21-year-old from the Carnew Road says she plenty more tunes in the locker.

Though she very seldom performs her material in public, Alice's song 'Run and Hide' is on radio play lists thanks to RTÉ's 'The Hit'.

Her effort was among a flood of a thousand entries submitted to the television programme for consideration.

It made the first cut and was one of 250 sent to Steve Lillywhite in California, where the former U2 producer chose it as one of the best 30.

The Stunning became involved when Alice sang 'Run and Hide' on the show and they liked what they heard.

After their version reached number six in the Irish pop chart, the tune is now guaranteed a place in the series final on August 30.

The new star is a native of Tallaght and commutes from Ferns to DIT in her home city to study pharmaceutical health care.

But Alice hopes that her future lies the music business rather than the laboratory, whether as a performer or as the supplier of hits to others.

She is a pupil of 'Irish soprano' Deirdre Masterson who was the first to spot the potential of 'Run and Hide'.

Alice Lynskey confessed that hearing her creation played by The Stunning for the first time on TV was an emotional moment.

'I heard my song and it was great at first but then I remembered that I was on camera and not to make a strange face – but I cried,' she said.

Meanwhile, Orchard Studio in Enniscorthy has been working on another potential hit called 'Not Today' from the talented Ferns resident.

The recording session was arranged as part of a bursary scheme sponsored by Wexford County Council and 'Not Today' is just one among many she could have chosen.

'I have got hundreds of songs,' said Alice who is in the habit of writing a song a day. 'I have tons of music in may head but I don't know all the chords.'

She says that if she wins the €20,000 first prize with 'The Hit' then she will spend the money putting together an album and taking guitar lessons to help her identify some of those mystery chords.

She is no stranger to the world of television, having made an appearance on ITV's 'Stars in Their Eyes' when she was a teenager, taking the microphone in front an audience of more than 1,000 at the Helix Theatre.

'Alice has a bucket load of songs,' confirmed Paul Dowling, who worked with the young composer at the Orchard recording studio in Enniscorthy. 'She could have an album very easily with a bit of work. 'She is not gigging but now she is a bit more in the public eye.'

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