The Pan Cheilteach National Song Contest are seeking entries to find the newly composed song in Irish to represent Ireland at the Pan Celtic International Song Contest 2023.
Following a break of two years due to the pandemic, it has been confirmed that the Pan Celtic International Festival will return in 2023 and the six-day event will be held in Carlow town.
Details of the Pan Celtic National Song Contest have also been announced and there’s a cash prize of €1,000 on offer for the composer of the winning song which will then go forward as the Irish entry in the Pan Celtic International Song Contest 2023 next April.
The national competition sources newly composed songs in the Irish language and is open to all styles whether traditional, pop, rock, country, jazz or classical. The only requirement is that both the lyrics and the music must be original and ‘as Gaeilge’.
The songs may be written for and performed by soloists, groups or bands. Recordings may be on smart phone, mp3, cd etc and the deadline for receipt of entries is 5pm on Tuesday, 20 December 2022.
Entries received by the deadline will be shortlisted and the chosen finalists will then compete at the live gala final which will be held on Saturday, 28 January 2023 in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre @ Visual.
A panel of judges will pick the winning song which will go forward to represent Ireland and compete with the other national winners from Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man at the International Pan Celtic Festival 2023 which will be held in Carlow from 11-16 April.
FULL DETAILS, RULES & ENTRY FORM:
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Entries on mp3/cd etc with entry form by 5pm on Tuesday, 20th December 2022
By email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to:
Comórtas Amhrán Nua Pan Cheilteach 2023,
Glór Cheatharlach, Áras na nÓg, Éire Óg,
O’Brien Rd, Ceatharlach, R93 Y020
Featured image of 1st Place winner of the Pan Celtic National Song Contest 2020, Áine Durkin, details of which are outlined below:
Amhrán / Song: ‘Mar a Bhíonn’
Cumadóir / Composer: Áine Durkin
Cur i láthair / Performed by: Gráinne Ní Fhátharta
Áine is a veteran of the Pan Celtic Song Contest having won the contest here in Carlow in 2013 with ‘Le Do Thaobh’ as well as winning both the National and the International competition last year with her song ‘Ní Thuigim’. The Connemara native has been living in Buncranagh, Co. Donegal since 1980 where she writes songs, poetry and her blog ‘Mise Áine’. Sponsored by IMRO, the winning composer was presented with a cheque for €1,000 and the national trophy as well as having the honour of representing Ireland in the Pan Celtic International Song Contest. The Pan Celtic International Festival returns to Carlow, Ireland in 2023, running from 11th – 16th April, and will be a celebration of the cultural links between the celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man.
The Pan Cheilteach National Song Contest is proudly supported by IMRO