FolkWorld Issue 42 07/2010

News & Gossip

++ 100% Music Songwriting Contest ++ Kevin Dempsey ++ Bill Whelan ++ Brian McNeill ++ Steve Tilston ++ Goran Bregović ++ Joan Baez ++ Martin Taylor ++ Dinny McLaughlin ++ Tim Hart ++ Den2Radio ++ Serbian World Music Summit ++ Cantigas do Camiño ++ La Mar de Músicas ++ Up and Coming: ... ++ Tommy Sands ++

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100% Music Songwriting Contest


100% Music Songwriting Contest is an annual songwriting contest that awards the best international songwriters from all over the world and connects them with music industry and media professionals though the creation of a promotional CD that will be distributed worldwide. After an initial selection made by the 100% Music Songwriting Contest, the 10 best entries in each category will be judged by an external jury composed of industry and media professionals. 3 winners per category will then be chosen, as well as 3 overall winners from each first-place winner in each category.

The 2010 Edition is currently accepting entries and is open from June 14 to November 16, 2010. Contest categories are:

  • Acoustic: Acoustic, Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Bluegrass, Country
  • Pop/AC: Adult Contemporary, Pop
  • Rock: Rock, Classic Rock , Alternative, Goth, Metal, Punk
  • Electronic: Electronic, Dance.
  • Blues/Jazz: Blues, Jazz.
  • Soundtracks, TV, Video games
  • World: World, Celtic, Gospel, Funk, Latin, Reggae, Soul, etc.
  • Hip Hop/R&B: Hip-Hop, Rap, Urban, R&B

  • Happy Birthday
    Kevin Dempsey, *29.05.1950, England. Guitarist, singer and songwriter Kevin Dempsey made his first impression as part of the progressive pop/rock band Dando Shaft. Following the group's breakup in 1972, he spent time in India before heading to America, where he played jazz and Latin music. Kevin later returned to England, where he formed a folk duo with singer Polly Bolton. He spent most of the 1980s and early '90s as a member of Whippersnapper, featuring Martin Jenkins, Chris Leslie and Dave Swarbrick. The collaboration with Swarb continued when they formed the group Lazarus in 2006, as Swarb recovered from his lung transplant. Since 2001 Kevin is also playing with young fiddler Joe Broughton. In 2009 he recorded an album, "The Salty Diamond," with young American fiddler and vocalist Rosie Carson.

    "The Roots of Riverdance"

    Bill Whelan, *22.05.1950, Limerick, Ireland. Bill Whelan is the composer who was asked to compose a piece for the interval segment of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. The end result, "Riverdance," was a seven-minute display of traditional Irish dancing that became a successful full-length stage production and spawned a worldwide craze for Irish dancing and Celtic music. Whelan was honoured with a 1997 Grammy Award when "Riverdance Music From The Show" was named Best Musical Show Album. It is an album of 15 compositions which marry Irish, Russian and Spanish influences, featuring artists such as Eileen Ivers, Nikola Parov and Davy Spillane. Bill Whelan's work with traditional music has occupied much of his time when he joined the legendary Irish band Planxty on keyboards in 1979.

    Brian McNeill

    "The Baltic tae Byzantium"

    "Timedance," composed by Whelan and Donal Lunny and performed by Planxty, featured in the interval of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. In 1987, he wrote his first major orchestral suite commemorating the film music of Seán Ó Riada. He also produced records for many folk artists, including Andy Irvine and Davy Spillane, and bands such as Patrick Street, Stockton's Wing, and The Dubliners.

    Brian McNeill, *06.04.1950, Falkirk, Scotland, UK. Brian is recognised as one of Scotland's foremost musician, songwriter and musical director. He has brought traditional and new Scottish music to a worldwide audience, starting his musical training with violin lessons, but soon taking up the electric guitar. His student years brought him to Celtic music and back to the fiddle. In 1969 he co-founded The Battlefield Band, which since became one of Scotland's most popular outfits. He played with the Batties until 1990, in the 1990s he toured extensively with the group Clan Alba, and more recently he has collaborated and toured with fellow Clan Alba member Dick Gaughan. His songwriting about Scotland's past and present has established him as one of Scotland's most acclaimed songwriters. Brian has also published three mystery books.

    Steve Tilston, *26.03.1950, Liverpool, England. English singer-songwriter Steve Tilston was a graphic designer before taking up music professionally in 1971. He crosses classical and jazz music with traditional Irish and English folk. In the early 1980s he ran a folk club with Bert Jansch in London.

    Steve Tilston "Ziggurat"

    He was a member of John Renbourn's group Ship of Fools and performed frequently with Maggie Boyle, his partner in the 1990s. Tilston's most popular composition "Slip Jigs and Reels" has widely been recorded.

    Goran Bregović, *22.03.1950, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Goran Bregović is one of the most internationally known composers of the Balkans. He rose to fame playing guitar with the ethno rock band group Bijelo Dugme (White Button), one of the most popular bands in the former SFR Yugoslavia from 1974 to 1989. In the 1990s, Bregović entered the world of film music and composed the scores to a number of Emir Kusturica’s films ("Time of the Gypsies", "Arizona Dream", "Underground").
    His compositions are a fusion of popular music with traditional music from the Balkans. Since 1998, Bregović has been performing with his "Weddings and Funerals Orchestra", comprising a brass band, bagpipes, a string ensemble, a male choir and Roma singers. In 2010, Bregović was awarded Best Artist at the Songlines Music Awards 2010, whereas his participation in the Eurovision Song Contest proved unsuccessful.


    Joan Baez

    In March 2010, Joan Baez has received the Orden de las Artes y las Letras de España (Order of Arts and Letters from Spain) in recognition of "a trajectory governed by the artistic and personal commitment in favor of individual rights and civil and political liberties." The award is the most prestigious award given to foreign artists in Spain. In recommending Joan for this honor, the Culture Ministry said that she "has been a benchmark that transcends the field of music for a generation of Spanish defenders of political freedom and peaceful coexistence." The ceremony was attended by Spanish folk singers such as Pablo Guerrero, Luis Pastor and Concha Buika .

    The Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (RSAMD) have announced they are to award guitarist Martin Taylor with an Honourary Doctorate of Music in July 2010.

    The award is the first time that the prestigious RSAMD have given an honourary doctorate to a guitarist. This spring saw Martin Taylor launch the Martin Taylor Guitar Academy with one of the co-founders of AOL, David Butler. In its first day students from over 15 countries signed up.

    Dinny McLaughlin of Buncrana, Co. Donegal was awarded the International Fund for Ireland's Intergenerational 'Pass It On' Award in May 2010. The award recognises the recipients passing on the music or dance tradition. Dinny has done both over the years: there are now many dancing and fiddle teachers in Inishowen who got their early education from him. His past pupils include Altan's Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Ciaran Tourish who are playing all over the world and are musical ambassadors for the Northwest traditions of Ireland.

    Rest In Peace

    "The Very Best Of Steeleye Span"

    Tim Hart (1948-2009). We didn't notice, but the English folk singer had already passed away on Christmas Eve 2009. Lincoln-born Tim Hart was best known as a founding member of folk rock band Steeleye Span. Since 1966 he was performing with Maddy Prior, touring English folk clubs and recording two albums, "Folk Songs of Olde England" (Vol. 1 & 2). From 1970 to 1982, Hart and Prior were the backbone of Steeleye Span. After resigning, Hart released two albums of nursery rhymes originally written for his own children. Since his health seriously declined, he emigrated to La Gomera in 1988 and abandoned performing altogether. As there was no guidebook to La Gomera available in English, he wrote "La Gomera: A Guide to the Unspoiled Canary Island" (2004).

    Den2Radio Online
    Find out what’s happening in Denmark by going to the Den2Radio website, and listening to the online radio program ”Folk Danmark – in English”. Folk Danmark is the world’s only online radio program focused on the Danish roots and folk music scene. This English language version of "Folk Danmark" speaks to roots and world music fans outside of Denmark; it offers both a general overview of Danish folk music and a unique chance to learn about what’s happening now in the Danish music scene. By listening to Folk Danmark you can be on top of the latest developments in Danish roots music, and hear the latest recordings. You’ll also discover how to gain free online access to over 10,000 traditional Danish fiddle tunes collected from old Danish handwritten manuscripts. The show is presented by Danish musician and music journalist, Morten Alfred Høirup, and is free of charge.

    Serbian World Music Summit

    The first Serbian World Music Summit was held at the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade on 30th April 2010. Misteria Carpatica Harpsichordist Milos Petrovic, guitar player Dragomir Milenkovic, singer Biljana Krstic and ethnomusicologist Marija Vitas once again drew attention to the bad situation of world music in Serbia and to the impossibility of its presentation to the world. They stated that only a few artists had a chance to perform at festivals worldwide and only thanks to their personal engagement and eagerness.

    The President of the World Music Association of Serbia and editor-in-chief of the world music magazine Etnoumlje, Oliver Djordjevic, stressed out that a main goal of the association would be co-financing performances of Serbian artists on domestic and foreign festivals. He said they were also preparing a Serbian world music internet radio and constructing a new recording studio.

    During the summit, ethno-jazz bands Popecitelji, SM & A Priori and Misterija Carpatica appeared on stage.

    Cantigas do Camiño

    "Cantigas do Camiño"

    La Taberna de Elisa 2010 is one of those special years called Xacobeos, to celebrate the medieval pilgrimage way to Saint James burial place in the city of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, NW Spain). The Galician government and other organisations have relied on the record label Do Fol Música to get together a list of up to 27 top Galician folk musicians & bands, to release a sampler CD ‘Cantigas do Camiño’, and to take them on tour throughout Galicia and Madrid.

    The bandwagon also stopped at the La Taberna de Elisa in Madrid's downtown. La Elisa is run by the Galician gaita piper Santy Barral (Xtramonio), who never misses any opportunity to keep the flame of folk music alive in this place. In June, fans of Irish traditional music had the chance to catch fiddler Tommy Peoples and uilleann piper Paddy Keenan. The local duo Nua, consisting of Irish fiddler Eoghan Neff and Spanish uilleann piper Cesar Pastor, is frequently performing in the pub.

    La Mar de Músicas
    Colombia will be the main character in the 16th edition of La Mar de Músicas, organized by the Culture Department of Cartagena Town Hall, which will be held between 9th and 24th July 2010. Music, Art, Cinema and Literature will revolve around this Latin American country During the festival many other stars will shine, and the worldwide premiere of the project Afro-Cubism will start the festival. Afro-Cubism is the work that finally joins music from Cuba and Mali, after the attempt to merge musicians from both countries by Nick Gold in 1996 which had the legendary Buena Vista Social Club as a result. Gold has eventually carried out his original idea and has merged Eliades Ochoa, Toumani Diabaté, Basekou Kouyaté and Kasse Mady among others for a record which is going to be marketed this summer.

    FROG Festival Listing
    Up and Coming ...

    3rd Friday of each month - NOTES & NARRATIVES
    Dublin, Ireland:

    2-4 July 2010 - TFF.RUDOLSTADT
    Rudolstadt, Germany:

    Kaustinen, Finland:

    15 July - 9 Sep 2010 - GONG CONCERT SERIES
    Torino, Italy:

    Caladh Nua

    21-25 July 2010 - EUROPEADE
    Bozen, Italy:

    Viljandi, Estonia:

    Britanny, France:

    6-8 August 2010 - DRANOUTER FOLK FESTIVAL
    Dranouter, Belgium:

    13-15 August 2010 - FOLKWOODS FESTIVAL
    Eindhoven, Netherlands:

    26-29 August 2010 - TØNDER FESTIVAL
    Tønder, Denmark:

    27-30 August 2010 - WADEBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL
    Wadebridge, Cornwall, Britain:

    11-14 Nov 2010 - William Kennedy Piping Festival: Armagh, Northern Ireland

    Tommy Sands   "Let
    the Circle Be Wide"

    Last but not least: Tommy Sands Refused to be Censored

    Northern Irish songwriter, performer and peace activist Tommy Sands' scheduled performance at the "Festival Bloomsday Concert" in June 2010 was cancelled after Sands refused to be censored. Sands was asked by the organizers of the events, the Israeli Ireland Friendship League in association with the Municipality of Ramat Hasharon, to not perform "Peace on the Shores of Gaza," the song he had written as the anthem for the MV Rachel Corrie that set sail from Ireland to Gaza. Tommy Sands was performing in Israel, Palestine and Gaza during his tour. When asked about his role as a peace activist musician he responded, "Trust me, it would be a lot easier to stay home and make records, but we have a duty to contribute to the betterment of society."

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