TEN acts from around the county participated in the Kilkenny Music Awards organised by Ossory Youth in Desart Hall Youth Centre on March 12.
The acts were competing for the right to represent Ossory Youth/Kilkenny in a national competition in Dublin’s Liberty Hall on May 8.
“The standard of the acts this year was amazing. Everyone put a huge amount of effort into their rehearsals and this was clearly evident for the quality of the performances,” said Kevin O’Driscoll, youth worker with Ossory Youth.
The acts that performed on the day were Pyrotechnix, Shiksa, The Almost Originals, Indigo Eye, Copper Blue, Raising Cain, Ripple Effect, Alan Grace, Injustice and O.B. Swaggerboy, plus a guest performance from last year’s representing act, Johnny Scribble.
“All of the acts performed brilliantly and the large crowd were well entertained,” Mr O’Driscoll said. A crowd of over 150 turned up to show their support and cheer on the acts.
It was not an easy task to pick a winning act on the day because of the high standard of competition. However it was a task that had to be completed and after a tense wait for all concerned Ripple Effect was announced as the winner.
Ripple Effect is a four-piece rock band from Graignamanagh with DJ Campbell on lead vocals and lead guitar, Eoin Russell on drums, Conor McGuinness on guitar and Lee Irwin on bass guitar.
“We are absolutely delighted to win,” DJ said after the event. “It is our second year entering and we worked really hard this year to try and win.” The band will now spend the next few weeks practicing to get ready for the national competition.
It is hoped to make youth music gigs a permanent fixture in Desart hall. Any volunteers interested in helping are asked to call Ossory Youth on 056 7761200.