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SIANSA GAEL LINN MUSIC COMPETITION


SIANSA GAEL LINN 2018 - FINAL DATE FOR ENTRY  - 1 NOVEMBER 2017


THE COMPETITION

Siansa is one of the country’s most prestigious competitions for young traditional Irish music and singing groups. Organised by Gael Linn with support from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and Irish Music Magazine, Siansa provides a platform for talented teenage groups who aim to emulate groups such as Téada, Altan, Danúetc. While Siansa is essentially a competition, the groups are helped and encouraged along the way by highly regarded traditional musicians. The event is run entirely through the medium of Irish.

ENTRY
  • Please read the rules/conditions of participation below carefully!  Then complete the entry form AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE and return it by 1 November 2017. You will receive an acknowledgment by email.

STEP ONE

  • Groups are  required to record an imaginatively arranged 10 to 12 minute continous programme of traditional music, together with one song in Irish on CD, MP3 or WAV.  (See link to videos of SIANSA GAEL LINN 2017 groups on this page.)
  • The deadline for receipt of recordings is Tuesday, 5 December 2017.  After entering the competition, guidelines will be issued to each group leader/teacher regarding the submission of CDs, MP3 or WAV files to Gael Linn.  A form must be completed with information about the group at this time, and recordings will not be accepted without this document.
    (Groups are advised to keep a copy of their recording in case of loss or damage in transit.  No recordings will be returned by Gael Linn.)

  • It is important that the recording be of such standard as to enable the adjudicator to hear and assess the music/song - but a professional studio recording is not necessary. 
    Groups should ensure that:
    (a) every instrument is in tune
  • (b) there is a good sound balance between the different instruments
    (c) each singer and every instrument is audible
  • When putting the programme together, groups are advised to incorporate all the various elements of music i.e. rhythm, phrasing, chords, notes, etc. to create imaginative links between the tunes/song.  ~New arrangements of old tunes ( reels, jigs, hornpipes, barndances, slides, slow airs etc. ) or newly-composed pieces in the traditional style, are acceptable. The emphasis should always be on traditional Irish music, and a balance struck between tradition and innovation when choosing and arranging the tunes~
  • The song is an important element of the programme (25 marks out of 100) and due  time and consideration should be given to sourcing and arranging one that complements the group and the selection of music. Traditional songs in Irish (and lesser known songs in particular), old poems set to newly-composed airs, or newly-composed Irish songs in the traditional style are acceptable.  Songs translated into Irish, however, are not allowed.
    (Click HERE  to download further notes regarding the song)

  • There are no restrictions regarding musical instruments in the competition ( but they should be appropriate to the music ! )
  • Dancing is not permitted as part of the performance – only music and singing will be considered.
  • Groups are advised not to copy/imitate the musical arrangements of other groups, either professional traditional groups or previous participants in this competition.
FIRST ROUND
  • All recordings will be listened to by a recognised musician whose written critique will be forwarded to each group.The groups who have been chosen, depending on their standard, to go forward to the second round of the competition - the workshops - will be announced by mid-January.  Certificates will be awarded to the groups who are not selected.

WORKSHOPS

  • The groups who have progressed through the first round will attend a one-day workshop between Friday, 23 February 2018 and Monday, 26 February 2018, in one of four venues throughout the country.  Every effort will be made to organize venues as central as possible for the participating groups.  The workshops will be conducted entirely through Irish by well-known traditional musicians/singers who will offer help and advice to all the groups on various aspects of their performance ( i.e. choice of tunes/song, arrangements, accompaniment, voice projection etc. )
  • 8 groups will be chosen from among the groups who have participated in the workshops to contest the final.  Musical and singing competency, along with potential, will be taken into consideration when the selection is being made.  ( See Rule 7 below ). Certificates will be awarded to groups who are not selected.
FINAL
  • The SIANSA GAEL LINN 2018 Final will be held in the National Concert Hall, Dublin on Sunday 22 April 2018. RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will broadcast the concert live.
PRIZES

The winning group will receive a prize of €2,500 together with the Gael Linn Trophy.
Second prize is €1,250 and third prize €750.

Every musician who takes part in the final receives a memento of the occasion. 

 TRAVEL

  • A small travel allowance is paid as appropriate to groups taking part in the Siansa final.  Travel arrangements must, however, be made by the groups themselves.

 MARKING SYSTEM

As a guideline, the following marking system will be used by the adjudicators throughout the competition (advice, rather than marks, will be given to each group).

SECTIONS                                                     MARKS

Rhythm                                                                 10

Instrumental Playing skills/tuning                          20

*Music Choice/arrangement                                 20

Ensemble playing/presentation                            25

Singing                                                                 25

Total                                                                   100

*See note regarding choice of music above ~

RULES/CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION*

(*Gael Linn will have the final decision in the event of a dispute arising regarding interpretation of rules/condititions of participation or any other element of the competition. )  
1. All correspondence with Gael Linn regarding Siansa should be in Irish.

2. Young people taking part in Siansa must be over 12 and under 19 years of age on 1st January 2018.

3. It is a condition of participation in Siansa that an adult mentor of 25 years or older be in charge of each group.
-This is an essential requirement in order to facilitate and ensure distribution of information regarding Siansa among, and also the gathering of information from the group members, or to seek information on their behalf.
-Most of the correspondence will be by email, and it is essential, therefore, that the address is clear on the initial entry form. No private contact details (e-mail or telephone number) will be shared with a third party.
In the event that the named mentor is no longer available, the group must agree a new mentor and forward all relevant contact details to Gael Linn . Of course, groups may have a music teacher independent of the mentor, but it is with the mentor only that Gael Linn will correspond or deal with regarding any aspect of the group’s participation in the competition)

4. There are three stages in the selection process:

i) An adjudicator listens to recordings and choses groups for the workshops

ii) Workshops at which 8 groups will be chosen to contest the All-Ireland Final

iii) The All-Ireland Final in the National Concert Hall

5. There is no limit to the number of groups a school/club or other may enter in Siansa.

6. Each group must have between 6 and 8 members throughout the competition.

6.1 Group members do not have to be associated with a particular school, club or organization - i.e. friends can enter as a group.

6.2 It is the named group members who can be heard on the recording at 4 i) above who are counted as members of the original group.

6.3 Musicians/singers are allowed to participate Siansa with their original group only.

6.4 In the event of illness, examinations or for any other reason, however, one change is allowed, either temporary or permanent, in the personnel of a group throughout the whole process.
-For example, a new member could be added to the group ( where a group has only 6 or 7 original members ), the group members could be reduced by one ( but not fall below the required minium of 6 ), or a substitute could be put in place of a member on a temporary or permanent basis, for the workshop or at the Final.
-Any temporary or permanent substitute or new member must comply with Rule 2, and of course, no musician/singer who has been a member of another group at any stage of the current competition may be used as a substitute, even if that group is no longer in the competition ( see 6.3 above).

7. Only groups ( see Rule 6 ) who have qualified through the selection process at i) and ii) (see Rule 4 above ) will be allowed to participate in the Siansa final. Where the original group is unable to forward to the next stage of the competition, the adjudicators shall nominate the next highest placed from the workshops ( 4 ii) to take their place.

8. The final decision regarding the prizewinners rests with the adjudicators, and no correspondence with be entered into.

9. RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta retains the rights to the first broadcast of all recordings of the groups taking part in Siansa. Gael Linn may record the groups and use these recordings thereafter as the organisation wishes.

10. Gael Linn reserves the right to use any photographic or video material recorded at Gael Linn events in future publicity.

  PUBLIC LIABILITY

  • Gael Linn Public Liability Insurance Policy covers all of our events. At these events, however, Gael Linn is a facilitator rather than a supervisor and students must at all times be under the supervision of an adult*. (see Rule 3)
WINNERS 2017

First Place (€2500) 'Dúchas', Corofin, Co. Clare

Second Place (€1250) 'Fiúntas' Co. Laois

Third Place (€750) 'Leoithne' , Ballincollig, Co. Cork

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Niamh de Búrca,
Gael Linn,
35 Sráid an Dáma,
Baile Átha Cliath 2
01.6753303 R-phost: niamh@gael-linn.ie

REMINDER! FINAL DATE FOR ENTRY - 1 NOVEMBER 2017 - BÍ LINN !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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