This year's Ardmore Pattern Festival will see the revival of the Ardmore Song Contest. Yes, we invite all you seasoned or budding Songwriters to enter "A Song for Ardmore" Song Contest 2012 and perhaps be the author of the next Ardmore Anthem. There’s a cash prize, trophy and studio recording session up for grabs!
Yes, decades before X-Factor was ever heard of, Ardmore played host to a Song Contest during the annual Pattern celebrations. One of the last to win the Ardmore Pattern Song Contest - in 1968 - were Welsh natives, Frank Hennessy & his musical partner David Burns, who formed part of the winning group. David still displays the Cup with pride. Frank is a radio presenter with BBC Wales and is best known for his composition of "The Old Carmarthen Oak," which hit the Irish Charts in the guise of the well-known song, "The Old Dungarvan Oak."
The Ardmore Pattern Festival Committee now plans to revive the Pattern Song Contest and we are, therefore, inviting Songwriters to enter "A Song for Ardmore" Song Contest. As the title suggests, the song must relate to Ardmore and reflect the composer's own special connections with the area. The music & lyrics must not have been performed in public, broadcast or have been made available on the internet prior to 1st March 2012. The contest is open to all genres and can be entered in English or Irish. Initial adjudication will be based on entries received, from which finalists will proceed to perform their song at the Live Final to be held during the week of the Ardmore Pattern Festival, from the 23rd-29th July.
The winning Songwriter will receive €500, a Studio Recording Session and a specially commissioned Ardmore Pattern Festival Song Contest Trophy. So, get writing and get those entries in by completing the Song Conest Entry Form below and sending it back to us before the Closing Date, which is the 24th June 2012.
A Song for Ardmore Entry Form
All entrants must be over 18 years of age and an entry fee of €20 applies. Please note that further terms and conditions apply – see the Entry Form for details.
“Music expresses that which cannot be said, and, on which it is impossible to be silent" - the inspirational words of Victor Hugo highlight the importance of music in our lives. Ardmore has been a special place for many people for generations and much has already been written in rhyme and verse to record its history, culture, people and places. It is a place on which "it is impossible to be silent". So, we look forward to receiving your entries and happy song-writing!
If you have any queries, please e-mail us or further information is also available from John Supple on +353 (0)86 2330810.