Ukulele Tuesday win battle of buskers

Ukulele Tuesday win battle of buskers

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.