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The Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition 2015

The Clancy Brothers Song Competition 2015 is now open for entries. With free entry, and a prize fund in excess of €1,500, the competition this is an open competition for new, original songs.

Following a successful first year, competition organisers are looking forward to hearing a wide range of music from across Ireland.

The competition is open to all musical genres and styles, and to all ages and nationalities. As long as it is a song, it is eligible for entry.

‘Last year we had everything from folk to heavy metal’, said Pete MacGowan, ‘and entries came from the all over Ireland and abroad’.

This is a songwriting competition with the songwriter in mind. Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics. The quality of performance and production will not be considered.

The three finalists will perform their song at a concert on Sunday May 31st in the Nano Nagle Chapel, Carrick on Suir, during the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art 2015 as part of a fifteen minute set. Last year’s winner, Lisa Loughrey, will headline the concert with her band, The Mariannes. The winner will be announced at the end of the concert.

With cash prizes of €500 for the winner and €200 for each of the runners up sponsored by the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art and IMRO, no one will leave empty handed. The winner also receives a voucher for CD duplication from Duplication Ireland and all three will gain premium services from

With further support from IMRO, (Irish Music Rights Organisation), Music Matters and the Clancy Brothers Festival, this songwriting competition is set to grow.

Entries are accepted on CD by post or by email in MP3 format. Closing date is April 29. For full details on how to enter go to

2015 Winners

Lisa Loughrey’s winning song, ‘Lost with all Hands’ is the title track on The Mariannes’ new EP. The Mariannes launched their CD in Whelan’s, Dublin, on Thursday April 9th. And runner up Robb Murphy’s song, ‘Mysteries of the Heart’, features on his new album, ‘Sleep Tonight’, due out in March.


Email entries:

Postal entries:
Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition
C/O The Tudor Artisan Hub
42 Main Street
Co. Tipperary

Closing date: April 29th, 2015.
Finalists will be notified by May 13th, 2015.
Please read the full rules before entering.

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Competition Partners

·         IMRO –
·         Why Music Matters –
·         Duplication Ireland –
·         InMusik –
·         The Tudor Artisan Hub -
·         The Clancy Brothers Music and Art Festival –
·         Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition:

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