|Judge Brian Flynn|
Time! To Face ! The Music! Part X Factor, part Macra na Feirme Talent Competition, the Clare FM event pitted dancers actors and singers against each in their bids to secure a coveted place in the final of Clare's Got Talent 2012. In the full Glór auditorium, partisan supporters and family members witnessed a show of 12 acts performing one turn each followed by comments from the judging panel of broadcaster and entertainer, Brian Flynn, Tracy Crawford of Ballyo Promotions and musician & entertainer Nigel Bridge fresh from playing in Cahercalla
Happily, there were no Cowellesque histrionics here with all acts getting a well deserved verbal pat on the back and no wrangling among the trio. The event was compered by Gavin Grace of ClareFM
The evening opened with a montage of clips of video images but no sounds from the audition process, the audio element sadly replaced by pulsating rhythmic backing track. Female vocalists were the largest category of entertainer with trio Skilled Mulah, and singer Dan O'Halloran adding some gender balance. Most vocal acts opted for backing tracks over live accompaniment.
|Judges and sponsor|
The winners were Louise O Rourke from Kilkee and the Breakthrough Crew from Ennis with the Lissycasey Lunatics voted best by the audience.
|Judge Tracy Crawford|
Regarding the singers I had two issues. One of the best things about the evening is that it is in live entertainment and I feel the use of a live accompaniment should be rewarded and encouraged. How lovely to see Claire McDonnell accompanied by fellow student Caoimhe ( a Lissycasey lass herself) at the piano. In general, I found the collaborative efforts more entertaining than the solo voices. The best costume award had to go to the AbbaTribute act Sub Zero from Newmarket on Fergus in their charming retro paisley dresses and knee high white boots. Skilled Mulah added a bit of contrast with three chaps on guitar on beat box and proper grand piano and the Burke Sisters accompanied by dad had potential. My pick were trio Bel Canto, Mary and Alice Healy accompanied by Jillian Bridge. The ladies looked glamorous and sophisticated, were accomplished vocally and in contrast to most of the other girls, they could walk in their high heels!
Sponsored by Clare FM and St Francis Credit Union, this is a great initiative, providing a platform to encourage local entertainment and getting people out to support live acts. It was good to see it attracting a wide range of genres and I was heartened to see the wide range of ages participating. Now in its second year, it seems set to become an annual fixture. The final takes place at the weekend. Check out Glór website for details
Maybe I'll have a go myself next year. Now where did I put those tap shoes....!
1 Skilled Mulah Beat Box Rolling in the Deep Piano Guitar Vocal harmony
2 Singer Aisling Shannon Valerie Backing Track
3 Singer Ciara Normoyle Hey Soul Sister Backing Track
4 Singer Dan O Halloran Guitar
5 Breakthrough Dancers
6 Singer Claire McDonnell Ar Eirinn Ni eosfhainn Ce Hi Live Piano Caoimhe accompanying
7 Bel Canto Mary &Alice Healy Jillian Bridge accompanist
8 Singer Louise O Rourke Backing Track
9 The Field Drama Pat Cusack O Brien's Bridge
10 Sub Zero Trio Singers Backing Track Mamma Mia
11 Lissycasey Lunatics
12 Burke Sisters Dad on guitar Duo
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