July 6, 2022
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Music to their ears: Cancelled folk festival seeking young Kilkenny musicians for online busking competition

A long-running local festival which had to cancel its event this year due to Covid-19 is determined to bring a bit of entertainment to the masses by hosting some events online.

The Clancy Brothers Folk and Art Festival, which was due to take place in Carrick-on-Suir this upcoming June Bank Holiday weekend has announced their Youth Busking Competition is going online this year and are now looking for young musicians from county Kilkenny to take part.

This year would have seen the 13th edition of the hugely popular event and festival PRO Pete MacGowan told KilkennyNow.ie: “We may be locked down, but we can still have some fun in this ‘stay at home’ era.”

“We have decided to go ahead and run the youth busking competition online this year and broadcast it online when it was due to take place during the festival.

“The competition is open to all buskers under 18 and entrants can be solo musicians, duos or group acts. It doesn’t matter so long as social distancing and current government health guidelines are followed.

“Buskers can play on their doorsteps or anywhere that the current guidelines allow. The judges will be looking for creativity and inventiveness, singing quality and musicianship, originality and presence,” Pete explained.

The busking competition has three categories, under 12, under 15 and under 18 and each winner will receive Carrick-on-Suir gift vouchers.

Entrants can send a video of themselves playing two songs and/or tunes to clancybrothersbusking@gmail.com or if the file size is too big, it can be sent by Dropbox, WeTransfer or GoogleDrive.

All videos will then be uploaded to the Clancy Brothers Festival Facebook page and streamed from 2pm on Saturday, May 30, after which the winners will be announced.

Entries will be accepted from Monday, May 18 to midday on Wednesday, May 27.

For full details go to www.clancybrothersfestival.com or the Clancy Brothers Festival Facebook page.


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