Song writing – Elton John http://elton-john.net/ Wed, 18 May 2022 16:56:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://elton-john.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.jpg Song writing – Elton John http://elton-john.net/ 32 32 Newcastle teenage twins among 10 finalists in songwriting competition https://elton-john.net/newcastle-teenage-twins-among-10-finalists-in-songwriting-competition/ Mon, 16 May 2022 14:04:13 +0000 https://elton-john.net/newcastle-teenage-twins-among-10-finalists-in-songwriting-competition/ Twins Hannah and Grace Stobart have discovered a unique way to navigate the ups and downs of adolescence. 16-year-olds draw on their experiences to write heartfelt songs. And now the two sisters have just been preselected in the top 10 finalists of the songwriting contest of the Song Academy (category 13-18 years old). With over […]]]>

Twins Hannah and Grace Stobart have discovered a unique way to navigate the ups and downs of adolescence.

16-year-olds draw on their experiences to write heartfelt songs. And now the two sisters have just been preselected in the top 10 finalists of the songwriting contest of the Song Academy (category 13-18 years old).

With over 850 entries for the competition in total, the girls are understandably thrilled to have reached this milestone. Their song, Sweet 16, is about the challenges teens face and the complex struggles of growing up, whether it’s the back and forth of friendships, peer pressure, self-doubt and solitude.

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Grace has been writing songs since she could write, but the Covid lockdown gave the sisters time to sit down together to start recording some of the tracks. Hannah is self-taught in music production and tends to focus on harmonies and instrumentation, while Grace is usually the lead singer.

Hannah said: “Our song, Sweet 16, is about the difficult teenage years, so it’s inspired in part by things we’ve been through, but just as much by situations other people have faced. It’s a really tough time growing up and it’s not uncommon for people our age to find themselves struggling in school and somehow feeling on the outside looking in.

Grace added, “Sweet 16 is about this pain and confusion, loneliness and self-doubt that our age group has experienced. This is a painful time for many teenagers.



Grace Stobart and Hannah Stobart are the 10 finalists in the songwriting competition

“It often feels like everyone is better off and they seem to have it all; perfect friendships, relationships and better social life, while you feel like your own life is a constant battle on all fronts. Hopes are pinned on things getting better as you approach your milestone birthday of 16, but things don’t really change.”

Taking this stage offers finalists the opportunity to perform their song live at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill, London in late June. Their song can also be featured on the Young Songwriter 2022 album and Amazing Radio’s Song Academy channel; bringing all the “shiny” opportunities for new artists and songwriters.

The girls say they can’t believe they entered the competition’s top 10 and their song was heard by such an “incredible” panel of judges, including Grace Davies and Dan Gillespie Sells.

The girls are avid musicians and have taken music lessons for many years, including vocals, piano and strings. Grace has always been writing songs since she was very young and was told about the contest a few years ago by an elementary school teacher who knew about her songwriting.

The girls have already entered the competition in the past but without success and this year they are delighted to have arrived there.

You can follow the girls @twayntwins or listen to their track by searching sweet 16 Twayn on SoundCloud or by clicking this link.

https://soundcloud.com/song_academy/sweet-16-twayn?in=song_academy/sets/top-30-uk-13-18

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Nayland girl in national songwriting contest final https://elton-john.net/nayland-girl-in-national-songwriting-contest-final/ Wed, 04 May 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://elton-john.net/nayland-girl-in-national-songwriting-contest-final/ A TALENTED young girl has entered the finals of a national songwriting competition after penning a track inspired by her mother’s lockdown battle. Georgia Taylor, who is 11 and attends Littlegarth School in Nayland, has been named a finalist in the Song Academy’s Young Songwriter competition. The music maestro, whose favorite artist is Adele, was […]]]>

A TALENTED young girl has entered the finals of a national songwriting competition after penning a track inspired by her mother’s lockdown battle.

Georgia Taylor, who is 11 and attends Littlegarth School in Nayland, has been named a finalist in the Song Academy’s Young Songwriter competition.

The music maestro, whose favorite artist is Adele, was shortlisted for the top prize in the age eight to 12 category after submitting her track Miracle.

After fending off competition from more than 850 other entrants, Georgia’s record will now be judged and meticulously scored by the likes of Tom Odell and Tom Grennan.

She said: “Listening to the other finalists, there are amazing songs and talent and I can’t believe I’m mixing with such talent.

“Also knowing that top artists are on the judging panel and liked my song enough gives me a huge boost of confidence – I feel excited and also very lucky.”

Georgia has been experimenting with writing music and lyrics every day since she was seven years old, when her parents Daniel and Cressida bought her a digital piano.

Before that, however, from the age of four, she sang constantly and proudly around the house, flexing her vocal tones and finding her voice.

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These days, Georgia jots down her ideas in her songwriting journal before revealing them to the world, and inspiration can come from all sorts of sources.

Miracle, for example, is about her mother’s vulnerability and the health issues she faced during the lockdowns.

Shortly before the Covid crisis hit, Cressida was diagnosed with a rare form of arthritis, which meant she couldn’t do much more and could potentially die if she caught coronavirus.

Fortunately, Cressida has now recovered around 80% of her mobility, but will still have to deal with a weakened immune system for the rest of her life.

Dad Daniel added: ‘Georgia prayed every day and believed someone was looking down, saw we were struggling and protected her mum.

“Bad day or good day, she’s right at the piano and it helps her understand and process her emotions.

“Having the confidence at 11 to expose herself to comments and criticism takes courage with something so personal, but she decided to be a songwriter.”

To listen to Miracle visit tinyurl.com/2undwpav.

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Linslade Statyc School Band Reaches International Songwriting Competition Finals https://elton-john.net/linslade-statyc-school-band-reaches-international-songwriting-competition-finals/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 17:22:00 +0000 https://elton-john.net/linslade-statyc-school-band-reaches-international-songwriting-competition-finals/ Five ambitious students from Cedars Upper School are proud to have their original work, Machine Head Boy, shortlisted for the Young Songwriter competition, with a chance to win Yamaha gear and a recording session in a London studio. The Sixth Formers, who call themselves ‘Statyc’, hope they have what it takes to go all the […]]]>

Five ambitious students from Cedars Upper School are proud to have their original work, Machine Head Boy, shortlisted for the Young Songwriter competition, with a chance to win Yamaha gear and a recording session in a London studio.

The Sixth Formers, who call themselves ‘Statyc’, hope they have what it takes to go all the way and are delighted that their lyrics have been judged by artists including Tom Grennan, Amy Wadge and Tom Odell.

Lucy Raffe (vocals) – whose other members include Sam Cook (bass), Ben Curtis (drums), Monty Johnston (guitar) and Joe Walton (guitar) – told the LBO: “It was really nerve wracking to knowing that someone so popular is listening to us, but we will certainly take advantage of it.

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“We are looking for concerts and are happy to do events!

“I originally wrote Machine Head Boy about a man who watches so much TV he turns into TV, and that also inspired our band name, Statyc.”

Indeed, the musicians had a lot of fun with the lyrics and even made a cardboard television for bassist Sam to wear during The Stables’ recent Battle of the Bands competition.

“The original was gigantic and I had to remove it because I couldn’t see anything!” he’s laughing.

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The five students, aged 16 to 18, are currently preparing for their baccalaureate and hope to pursue the subject of music at university.

Meanwhile, back at Linslade, their greatest support was their music teacher, Mr Oliver Smith, who allowed them to use the department for band practice.

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Lucy said: “He said he really liked our music and told us many times that he was very proud of us – he’s sort of our mentor.

“He was in a band called Ego Trip, which released an EP in 2011 when they were in 12th grade, and they’re our favorite band.

“If we win, we’ll donate the equipment to the Cedars.”

Statyc is now waiting to hear the results of the Battle of the Bands and Young Songwriter contest, which had more than 850 entrants.

The top 10 finalists across all young songwriter categories will be announced on May 6.

Following this, the top three finalists will be announced on June 13 and the UK/Ireland winners on June 25 during The Young Songwriter 2022 live showcase to be held at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.

Finally, the international winners will be announced during an online showcase on June 26 at 2 p.m. GMT.

Lucy concluded, “I would say our music is for people who are really cool and feel like they don’t fit in with other people.

“It’s like being in a group of people who are pretty much your family.

“They are literally my best friends, so I can’t imagine spending time with anyone else.”

To find out more about the Young Songwriter competition, organized by the Song Academy, click here

You can find out more about Statyc on Instagram: @statyc_band or to book them for a concert, please email [email protected]

The group would love to be as big as Leighton Buzzard legends Kajagoogoo and welcome all bookings in LBO land and beyond!

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Ashanti doubles songwriting credits for Jennifer Lopez https://elton-john.net/ashanti-doubles-songwriting-credits-for-jennifer-lopez/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elton-john.net/ashanti-doubles-songwriting-credits-for-jennifer-lopez/ Ashanti has been a force in the R&B industry since the 90s. During Ashanti’s time on the scene, Jennifer Lopez aka JLo was simultaneously making a name for herself in the industry as a bold and beautiful new talent. His contributions to the world of R&B would also influence hip-hop culture, from famous collaborations with […]]]>

Ashanti has been a force in the R&B industry since the 90s. During Ashanti’s time on the scene, Jennifer Lopez aka JLo was simultaneously making a name for herself in the industry as a bold and beautiful new talent. His contributions to the world of R&B would also influence hip-hop culture, from famous collaborations with Murda Inc to his first solo album which features hits such as Foolish, Baby, Happy, and more.

While JLo has created success in her career, many fans of both sometimes don’t know that Ashanti has contributed singles such as “I’m Real” and “Aint it Funny.”

In an interview with Metro UK, Ashanti, who just received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, explained the sentiment behind the recognition of her writing credits.

“You always have to worry about credit for what you do, no matter what industry you’re in, it’s really important to give credit,” she said. “Especially these days because things are so much smoke and mirrors. It’s not that it’s frustrating…the word has been out over the last couple of years and I’m grateful a lot of people know that and they were surprised, but it’s more of a “yes, thankful you know that”.

“It’s weird because obviously you get frustrated with not getting credit or not being properly labeled, but it turns into something you’re admired for,” she continued.

Along with receiving her props for her early contributions, in an interview with The Breakfast Club in 2021, the singer revealed that she would be re-recording all of the songs from her self-titled debut album so she could own the master and the rights. to his music before his 20th birthday.



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Remote songwriter duo ready to go on tour | Liverpool City Champion https://elton-john.net/remote-songwriter-duo-ready-to-go-on-tour-liverpool-city-champion/ Thu, 14 Apr 2022 17:30:15 +0000 https://elton-john.net/remote-songwriter-duo-ready-to-go-on-tour-liverpool-city-champion/ By the time guitarist Mick Turner and singer Helen Franzmann met, they had written almost enough music to fill three albums. Turner, best known as one-third of the rock band Dirty Three, has performed with Nick Cave, Kurt Vile and Cat Power, while Franzmann performed under the moniker McKisko for over a decade. Turner was […]]]>

By the time guitarist Mick Turner and singer Helen Franzmann met, they had written almost enough music to fill three albums.

Turner, best known as one-third of the rock band Dirty Three, has performed with Nick Cave, Kurt Vile and Cat Power, while Franzmann performed under the moniker McKisko for over a decade.

Turner was looking for a singer in 2020 when a friend recommended Franzmann, and the result is the Mess Esque partnership, which has so far seen two albums, a series of dates at home and now a US tour.

The prolific duo had unorthodox beginnings — closing state borders due to COVID-19 meant they had to compose music over email.

Lockdowns have become an intensely creative time for the couple despite their location in Melbourne, with Franzmann based in Brisbane, Turner told AAP.

“Helen wrote most of the lyrics. I would send in a simple piece of music and she would improvise on it and write lyrics or melodic lines and send it back,” he said.

The process has resulted in two albums so far. Dream #12 was released in April 2021, the second self-tipped album later the same year, with enough tracks remaining for album number three.

Mess Esque’s sound can be described as ethereal, with music press reviews drawing comparisons to dream pop and The Velvet Underground.

Their launch into live shows was nowhere near as smooth as Franzmann’s otherworldly vocals, with seasoned performer Turner admitting their first full-scale show opening for Ed Kuepper and Jim White at the Rising festival in Melbourne was a nervous time.

“It was quite difficult. We didn’t play the songs as they were recorded, we didn’t play together, and we didn’t change much to rehearse,” he said.

“We were really nervous, but everything went well, and we’ve certainly improved a lot since then.”

Like many music groups, Mess Esque had to cancel dozens of shows during the pandemic, including a date at the Opera for the 2021 VIVID festival.

But things are looking up – the duo have been invited to Wilco’s Solid Sound festival in Massachusetts and are booked on a three-week US tour.

In his typically understated way, Turner’s response is that it’s “nice to be invited.”

“It’s the kind of old-school festival where it’s actually held and they pick bands that they find interesting. I’m pretty flattered they asked us,” he said.

“A lot of festivals now, they actually choose the programming by algorithm, based on the number of social media visits and things like that.”

Mess Esque will play a series of dates on the east coast before heading overseas, with shows in Melbourne and regional Victoria, as well as Adelaide and Sydney in May.

Australian Associated Press

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West Lothian star Leon Jackson’s life after X Factor – songwriting, life in LA and more https://elton-john.net/west-lothian-star-leon-jacksons-life-after-x-factor-songwriting-life-in-la-and-more/ Thu, 14 Apr 2022 10:03:51 +0000 https://elton-john.net/west-lothian-star-leon-jacksons-life-after-x-factor-songwriting-life-in-la-and-more/ West Lothian star Leon Jackson suddenly shot to fame after beating all the competition to win The X Factor in 2007, aged just 20. The local West Lothian lad has gone from digitizing shopping in Iceland and folding clothes at GAP to international stardom – but what is he doing now? The 32-year-old won the […]]]>

West Lothian star Leon Jackson suddenly shot to fame after beating all the competition to win The X Factor in 2007, aged just 20.

The local West Lothian lad has gone from digitizing shopping in Iceland and folding clothes at GAP to international stardom – but what is he doing now?

The 32-year-old won the fourth season of the hit ITV competition 15 years ago.

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Below is everything we know about what Leon is like so far, having experienced his first musical career high at such a young age.

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Leon was a fresh-faced 20-year-old when he appeared on The X Factor in 2007, and was mentored by the stunning Dannii Minogue in the boys category.

The Scottish lad impressed not only the judges but the hordes of fans every week on the show as he sang his little heart out on national television.

The singer swooned in front of the panel with his version of Michael Buble’s Home during his first audition and ended up making it to the final – where he took home the grand prize by beating fellow band contender Rhydian Roberts.



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Its winner’s single “When You Believe” went to number one on the UK charts and sold 400,000 copies.

Her debut album Right Now also fared well, with second single “Don’t Call This Love” peaking in the top three of the charts.



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Performing on The X Factor in 2007.

However, the Creative and Stargazing singles fell in terms of chart performance, and the young singer was subsequently dropped from Simon Cowell’s Syco label.

After this disappointment, Leon opted for a more acoustic sound in his music and started recording on his own.

The star has played a number of smaller festivals and gigs across the UK and also helped Vince Kidd of The Voice write his song Sick Love in 2016.

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In 2016, Leon also decided to move to Los Angeles, where he had written and recorded a new album – which had yet to be released.

He now divides his time between Los Angeles and Scotland, where he remains alone.



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The star headed for the lights of LA in 2016.

Charitable work

Leon is a star ambassador for the Scottish charity Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.

He shared his support in 2019 on Instagram telling fans: “Today is the last day of my fundraising for Glasgow Children’s Hospital.

“If you are inclined to make a contribution, you can find the link in my bio, it would go a long way to help some disadvantaged young people.”

You can still find all of Leon’s music online, and who knows, maybe he’ll come back to Scotland to make more music one day!

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Rochford partners with Talpa for songwriting format https://elton-john.net/rochford-partners-with-talpa-for-songwriting-format/ Thu, 14 Apr 2022 08:05:44 +0000 https://elton-john.net/rochford-partners-with-talpa-for-songwriting-format/ British entertainment format creator Rochford Productions and John de Mol’s Talpa have teamed up to create the songwriting competition format I Want Your Song. This summer, SBS6 in the Netherlands will debut the format, which features five unknown songwriters pitching an original song written by themselves to some of the biggest artists in the Netherlands. […]]]>

British entertainment format creator Rochford Productions and John de Mol’s Talpa have teamed up to create the songwriting competition format I Want Your Song.

This summer, SBS6 in the Netherlands will debut the format, which features five unknown songwriters pitching an original song written by themselves to some of the biggest artists in the Netherlands.

Each episode features a top Dutch artist looking for their next big hit by listening to the pitches. The audience is filled with 100 of the artist’s biggest fans. If the artist has a doubt about a song, he can ask the fans for advice. The winning song chosen at the end of the episode is immediately available for download and streaming along with a music video.

Rochford Executive Producer Chris Hopkins said, “This is a new path in the music industry for all of our potential singer-songwriters. Their ability to write an original hit song for someone else could change their lives forever.

I Want Your Song is a format created by Rochford Productions and Talpa Concepts. The show is produced by Talpa Entertainment Productions and distributed by Talpa Distribution.

Geertje Hoek, Managing Director of Talpa Concepts, adds: “Working with creatives outside our own company to create new formats is something we are focusing on more than ever. Seeing ideas turn into formats and then hitting the screen is what drives us all here at Talpa.

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Writing Original, Emotional Songs That Inspire: Hovig Nassanian’s Stunning Acoustic Single Captures the Hearts of Global Audiences https://elton-john.net/writing-original-emotional-songs-that-inspire-hovig-nassanians-stunning-acoustic-single-captures-the-hearts-of-global-audiences/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 21:19:53 +0000 https://elton-john.net/writing-original-emotional-songs-that-inspire-hovig-nassanians-stunning-acoustic-single-captures-the-hearts-of-global-audiences/ With his stunning new track, Hovig Nassanian secured the semi-finalist spot in the coveted 2021 International Songwriting Competition with “Worth Waiting For” Few artists can capture the spirit of their genre with unparalleled dynamism and originality, but talented composer Hovig Nassanian is here to defy all odds. With his original and moving track, “Worth Waiting […]]]>

With his stunning new track, Hovig Nassanian secured the semi-finalist spot in the coveted 2021 International Songwriting Competition with “Worth Waiting For”

Few artists can capture the spirit of their genre with unparalleled dynamism and originality, but talented composer Hovig Nassanian is here to defy all odds. With his original and moving track, “Worth Waiting For”, the artist shares with the world one of his many distinct and memorable songwriting styles.

“The wait is worth it” was written 17 years ago and is an original independently written by Hovig Nassanian. In 2021, the single was selected as a semi-finalist in the infamous international songwriting competition.

“Worth Waiting For” also features as a piano solo on the artist’s album.Peaceful‘ which was only unveiled last year, and released as a single in March 2021.

Competing with the best songwriting talent from around the world, “Worth Waiting For” exudes an aura of uniqueness that sets Nassanian apart from other artists. A meaningful, poignant and emotional offering, the acoustic track was written as an instrumental number for the artist’s wedding in 2005, as the final track of a CD the artist and his wife produced for their wedding guests.

Last year, inspired by a milestone anniversary and wanting to add a new dimension to songwriting, the eclectic artist penned the lyrics to the track and asked his fellow musician Johan Drejare, who is based in Sweden, sings it. The track was later released both as a single release and music video.

“I also talk about this song and why I wrote it on one of my podcast episodes, Drop A Note. It’s especially meaningful to my wife, who has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis since the age of 15 years old and who suffers from chronic daily pain”, explains the artist about his new release.

Follow the artist on Spotify, listen to Hovig Nassanian’s famous and moving single and stream the official music video and/or the piano version on YouTube. Head over to the artist’s podcast episode where he talks about the new track.

For interviews, reviews and/or collaborations, do not hesitate to contact the artist by e-mail.

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Hovig Nassanian is an Armenian pianist and composer born in Lebanon but living in Cyprus most of his adult life. He is married to Anna from Sweden and together they have a son who is also a young pianist. Hovig composed his first piece in his early teens and since then he has continued to write various songs, compositions and arrangements. He has written 4 musicals in collaboration with colleagues and produced over a dozen established and original productions.

His debut solo piano album (Peaceful, January 2021) has already been featured on several Spotify playlists and featured in various press reviews and interviews. It aired on Cyprus Broadcasting Corporations CyBC Radio 4 and is on Calm Radio, One World Music and The River of Calm playlists. His second piano album, Peaceful Christmas, was released in December 2021.

In addition to the piano album, Hovig has released several songs and music videos with collaborating artists in 2021, and also has a podcast, Drop A Note, in which he talks about his compositions, the stories behind them, and memorable anecdotes. and fun of his life.

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Bob Dylan is releasing a songwriting book https://elton-john.net/bob-dylan-is-releasing-a-songwriting-book/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 06:25:17 +0000 https://elton-john.net/bob-dylan-is-releasing-a-songwriting-book/ Nobel laureate and folk-rock legend Bob Dylan is due to publish a new book on songwriting in November this year according to his publisher Simon and Schuster. “The Philosophy of Modern Song” is the first book of new writing Dylan has published in nearly two decades. His last book “Chronicles, Volume One” came out in […]]]>

Nobel laureate and folk-rock legend Bob Dylan is due to publish a new book on songwriting in November this year according to his publisher Simon and Schuster.

“The Philosophy of Modern Song” is the first book of new writing Dylan has published in nearly two decades. His last book “Chronicles, Volume One” came out in 2004.

According to its publishers. Dylan began writing his last book over a decade ago and will include over 60 essays, pondering artists from Hank Williams and Nina Simone. The famous poet will also discuss the art of songwriting in the book.

Jonathan Karp, Director of Simon and Schuster, said: “The publication of the brilliant and kaleidoscopic work of Bob Dylan will be an international celebration of the songs of one of the greatest artists of our time.

“’The Philosophy of Modern Song’ could only have been written by Bob Dylan. Her voice is unique and her work conveys her deep appreciation and understanding of the songs, the people who bring those songs to life, and what the songs mean to all of us.

Rumors of a “Chronicles, Volume Two” have been circulating for years, but now fans will have “Philosophy” to guide them until, or if ever, the second edition is written.

Dylan, who burst onto the New York folk scene in the early 1960s, has sold over 125 million records worldwide. His latest and 39th studio album, “Rough and Rowdy Ways”, was released to critical acclaim in 2020.

The 80-year-old, who was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016, maintains a rigorous touring schedule which is scheduled until 2024.

The news that Bob Dylan is releasing another long-awaited book, this time about songwriting, will be welcomed by fans and musicians alike.


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Limerick singer-songwriter returns to writing ‘honest to goodness’ songs https://elton-john.net/limerick-singer-songwriter-returns-to-writing-honest-to-goodness-songs/ Sun, 30 Jan 2022 21:05:35 +0000 https://elton-john.net/limerick-singer-songwriter-returns-to-writing-honest-to-goodness-songs/ LOVE, longing and resilience are the main themes of a new EP, Echoes, which has just been released by West Limerick singer-songwriter Paul Dunworth. The five-track EP, which was released on Friday, is just part of Paul’s creative output during the Covid-19 pandemic but, Paul is quick to point out, the songs aren’t about the […]]]>

LOVE, longing and resilience are the main themes of a new EP, Echoes, which has just been released by West Limerick singer-songwriter Paul Dunworth.

The five-track EP, which was released on Friday, is just part of Paul’s creative output during the Covid-19 pandemic but, Paul is quick to point out, the songs aren’t about the lockdown .

“It’s quite personal,” he explains.

But Covid has been kind to his creative instincts and he has, he says with some satisfaction, plenty of new songs in his song bank.

This, however, upset some of his plans.

In early 2020, just before Covid took hold, Paul was on a roll, touring with his debut EP Through the Forest. On March 1, 2020, he and his band performed at the famous De Barra’s in Clonakilty, having performed a gig the night before at another well-known venue, Levis in Ballydehob.

Two weeks later, the country closed. But now Paul, with the release of his new EP, is well positioned to return as society begins to navigate its way into the new normal. Some of the tracks were released in advance as videos.

Robert’s Cove, for example, appeared before Christmas, evoking a peaceful little seaside spot in Cork that is special to Paul and his wife Robin, while Secrets of Imagination was released online last week.

All songs appeal to memory and experience. A World of Dreams is a song Paul wrote after his late father appeared to him in a dream shortly after his death, while two of the most evocative tracks, These Days and For Her, are love songs that reach the heart.

“It’s like keeping a diary. It documents that part of your life, but it doesn’t always have to be personal. It could be being creative with a story. I like to be honest. That’s what I try to be, as honest as possible,” says Paul, explaining his approach to songwriting which only started after returning to Newcastle West after many years of study. , living and working abroad.

But his musical journey began much earlier when, at age 15, an aunt gave him his first guitar. “I’ve always loved acting,” Paul explains. “I spent my youth pretty much locked away, training.”

A year on a FETAC course in Cork led to a scholarship to the London Guitar Institute where he graduated. But for eight years in London, he never sang or wrote. His idea has always been to associate with a singer but, back home, he started singing and then writing his own songs. It was, in many ways, a case of “having to do it myself”.

He sees himself as belonging to a modern indie folk tradition but musically, Paul does not recognize boundaries and categories.

His own musical tastes are eclectic and he names bands/groups such as Ye Vagabonds, Bon Iver, The Breath, The Gloaming and Planxty as influences while he is also a fan of John Martyn, Neil Young, Andy Irvine, John Smith and Luke. Kelly.

He also enjoys playing the blues and has played at a number of festivals around the country while for many years before Covid he was a regular performer at the Cork International Jazz Festival. “I played a lot of electric stuff for years,” he reveals. “But I rarely play now.”

The resonance and versatility of the acoustic guitar is now the big draw.

He’s happy to let Echoes out into the world as his second EP and hopes to spin it up with some live gigs in the weeks and months to come.

Echoes is now available on Bankcamp and YouTube.

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