A GROUP of young musicians from Falcarragh has been selected to represent Donegal in the sixth annual Irish Youth Music Awards national final.
Kai Ferry, Cillian Boyle, Ultan O’Donnell and Stephen Cannon, collectively known as Epic Solution, were chosen at last Saturday’s Donegal heat in the Greenroom Live, Letterkenny.
Young bands and artists from across the county competed to have the chance to represent the county at the final in Liberty Hall in Dublin on April 27. They will perform an original track plus an original written by Joel Harkin which won best song at the Donegal Heat.
The Irish Youth Music Awards is unique in that the regional final works off a principle where all the competing bands have one vote and they have to select who they think will represent the county best at the national final.
Donegal acts have a great history at the IYMAs, claiming the Paul Clancy Songwriting Award in 2011 and the overall award in 2008.
Fellow bands are asked to work together to support the Epic Solution and if the Donegal act is successful in the final all the local acts get to be part of a professionally recorded album.
At the national final there is also the added bonus of all the bands learning a little bit more about the music industry and meeting representatives from the Irish music industry, and they are judged on all aspect of the Donegal team’s project, such as putting on preparation gigs, photography, styling and fundraising efforts to help bring the band and supporters to the national final.
The IYMAS are Youth Work Ireland Initiative.