Jack tuned in for success

Sean Keane

Reporter:

Sean Keane

Jack Carey could make a hurl sing when he used to line out at centre forward for Young Irelands (Gowran).

Jack Carey could make a hurl sing when he used to line out at centre forward for Young Irelands (Gowran).

Now he has turned his hand to writing songs with huge success. Blessed with a great singing voice, Jack and two Carlow songwriters Paul Kealy and Ciaran Brennan, have watched their songs sail through to the finals of the UK Songwriting Contest, one of the oldest and most prestigious song contests in the world. They entered six songs, reaching one final and four semi finals with their songs. There were over 10,000 entrants. Two of their entries received special commendations from the judges.

Jack and Paul’s “Fall Before You Fly” scored 8 out of 10 in the semi-final. While their songs “When You’re On Your Own” and “Last Of The Free” also reached the semi-final, both scoring 7 out of 10. The lads saw ‘The Emigrants Story’ wrote by Paul (Lyricist) and Ciaran (Composer) and performed by Jack reach the final, scoring an impressive 9 out of 10. A song produced by Bill Shanley, a producer who is well known for his work with artists such as Christy Moore, Paul Brady, Sinead O’ Connor and Ray Davies of The Kinks fame. “The Emigrants Story” has received rave reviews since its release, from people such as Singer/Songwriter Luka Bloom, who said “This Emigrant’s story will be sung by Irish people everywhere who miss home” It has also featured prominently in the media both at home and further afield in America, the UK and Australia with the ‘Irish Times’ calling it “A Ballad For Modern Ireland” and ‘New York Times’ author David Mixner describing it as a “Beautiful Irish folk song”. It has been play listed on radio stations throughout the world from Boston to Sydney, and is quickly becoming considered one for the Irish songbooks of the future.

Jack wasn’t expecting to see so many of their songs reach the final stages. “It’s a bit of a shock to be honest but great to receive recognition from such established professionals in the music industry. Getting so far in contests like this gives you the motivation to keep at it, and the confidence to continue writing and making music. Acknowledgements like this are a wonderful bonus. I’m collaborating with Paul again on my new album. I am in the studio a lot at the moment, so hopefully people will enjoy my new album,” he said.