Last Saturday, June 25, over thirty entries from Longford, Roscommon, Westmeath, Cavan, Dublin and even the UK battled it out in the 2016 Midlands Busking Festival in Edgeworthstown.
There was €1,500 in prize money up for grabs. The €1,000 prize money for the senior competition was sponsored by the AIB Branches from Longford, Mullingar, Cavan, Carrick-on-Shannon and Roscommon and such was their delight at the talent on display, they sponsored an additional third prize of €200.
Junior prize money, meanwhile, was sponsored by generous businesses in Edgeworthstown.
The judging panel - made up of Gordon O’Bric (AIB Longford), Aoíbheann Murphy (3-time All-Ireland Fleadh Winner from Fermoy, Co Cork) and Mark Hogan (singer/songwriter and lead singer of ‘Hogan’) - had an extremely tough job on their hands but the deserving winners they selected are as follows:
Junior Busking Competition (under 15 years): 1st prize of €250 - The Keadue Lassies from Boyle, Co Roscommon; 2nd prize of €150 - Aisling & Katie from Ardagh, Co Longford; 3rd prize of €100 - Dearvinn from Dring, Co Longford. Highly Commended trophies were awarded to Aaron Gray, Ballinamuck, Co Longford, and Tomás Mulligan, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford.
Senior Busking Competition (15 years and over): 1st prize of €500 - Ukulele Tuesday from Dublin; 2nd prize of €300 - Derravaragh from Castlepollard, Co Westmeath; 3rd prize of €200 - Mad4Trad from Finea, Co Cavan; 3rd prize of €200 - Triple Clef from Dring, Co Longford.
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