New Fleadh talent search launched

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Young Irish musicians will have the chance to compete perform at Derry’s Fleadh Cheoil na h’Éireann alongside some of the biggest names in traditional music.

Comhaltas Dhoire and Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin have teamed up to create ‘An Ré Nua - the New Era,’ a competition designed to give young innovative musicians a launching pad into folk and traditional music.

Bands, duos and singers will have the opportunity to perform at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, sharing a bill with popular acts such as Flook, Beoga, Cara Dillon, Tim Edey & Brendan Power, and Dervish, as well as feature on an album showcasing the best of new traditional music.

Eibhlín Ní Dhochartaigh, chairperson of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and Arts Development Officer at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin said: “I’m really excited about this new project. It’s the perfect way to gear the city up for the overload of great music we will have in August, but it also gives young musicians a fantastic platform for furthering a career in music.”

Odhrán Ó Maoláin, the project co-ordinator, said; “The eyes of the cultural sector are on Derry this year, making it the ideal location for the An Ré Nua project. Acts that take part should expect maximum exposure to the folk music industry and loads of media interest.’

The winners will have their music professionally recorded and the album will be launched at the first ever Fleadh Cheoil in Derry City. They will also be booked for a prestigious gig as part of the Fleadh’s live music line-up. In addition, all finalists will get a showcase spot at Music City, another major music event in the City of Culture programme.

Entries must be submitted by 1st March 2013 and anyone interested can register online at or call the fleadh office on +44(0)28 71 373 573.