Two Derry performers have scooped first prize in a national song competition after the Beatles’ former tour manager judged their song the best in the contest.
Matt Whoriskey and Maria Bonner are both teachers from Derry who are currently based in Manchester. Together with their fellow band member Rob Ryle, the pair are part of successful folk trio ‘The Folk Remedy’ who’ve been receiving significant airplay across the water with their debut EP Sirens.
Maria and Matt entered the title track of the EP for the recent Moville Songwriters competition which was judged by former Beatles Tour Manager Tony Bramwell.
Bramwell, who grew up with Beatles members George Harrison and Paul McCartney, gave ‘Sirens’ one of the highest marks in the competition and awarded the Derry duo the 300 euro prize.
Speaking after the win, vocalist Matt told the Journal: “We’re delighted that our song was chosen by the panel. It means a lot to have people not only listen to our songs, but also to enjoy them.
We’re grateful to the organisers for putting on this competition. It raises the profile of songwriting in the area and it has also put Moville on the map in relation to original music. It was great to see so many familiar faces from Derry.”
The Folk Remedy have been busy in England recently and are gradually establishing themselves on the competitive scene over there as Matt explained.
“We’re playing a lot of live music at the moment to promote our EP, which is called ‘Sirens’. We’ve had some radio play on BBC 6 Music recently and we’re trying to build on that in the run up to the EP launch on the 21st of June in Manchester. All of our gigs can be found on http://www.songkick.com/artists/6569999-folk-remedy. “
For more on the band visit www.thefolkremedy.com