SINGER-Songwriter Caitriona Kenny was announced the winner of the Mick Touhy Memorial Perpetual Cup for Best Irish Entry at the 2012 Tipperary International Song of Peace event which took place at the Excel Theatre in Tipperary Town as part of the Tipperary International Peace Award Festival.
The Mick Touhy Memorial Perpetual Cup is awarded each year to the Best Irish Entry at the 2012 Tipperary International Song of Peace Competition. In 2012 there were five Irish entrants with other songwriters from the USA and the UK. Caitriona’s song, “Peace Be With Me”, came second overall in the Song of Peace competition.
“I’m very honoured to receive the Mick Touhy Memorial Perpetual Cup,” said Caitriona.
“The song was performed brilliantly by Marji and the performers and they were all buzzing and so happy when they came off stage.
“To me, that was rewarding enough, so to receive a trophy for the Best Irish Entry was just fantastic for all of us.”
Caitriona is a local artist living in the Glen of Aherlow. She is a songwriter, photographer and the Clonmel Nationalist correspondent for Tipperary Town. In 2007 Caitriona was the August winner of the Tipp FM Arts & Entertainment Award for her artistic photography and is well-known for her artistic work.
“Peace Be With Me” was performed on the night by well-known vocalist Marji Maxwell who’s career has spanned over three decades and is also currently the Musical Director of Portlaoise, Aherlow and Tipperary gospel choirs.
Marji was joined on stage by an array of performers, dancers and children from the Class Act Productions Drama Group in Tipperary Town.
Caitriona says the inspiration for the song came over five years ago: “when Marji asked me to write a gospel song for her and although it was a genre I had never considered before I said I’d give it a go!
“That night, after some wee drinks in Cashel I went home and was lying in bed trying to get to sleep. As any artist will tell you, melodies and inspiring thoughts will come into your head just as you are about to fall asleep and if you don’t get up and write them down they are gone by morning. One of the choruses came into my head and I knew I had to get up and write it down, but I was so tired.
“Then, inexplicably I saw five or six nuns around my bed all singing different harmonies and melodies like something out of the movie Sister Act. I got up at 3am, spent an hour trying to find all my equipment to record, hooked it all up and completed the song including all the nuns harmonies and instrumental arrangements by 9am the following morning.”
Caitriona’s performance of the song at the Song of Peace competition is on youtube. Type “Caitriona Kenny” or “Tipperary Song of Peace 2012” into the search engine.
In 2003 Caitriona finally found the courage to professionally record one of her songs titled “James Kenny” - a poignant ballad about her father’s battle with cancer.
Recorded in Houston, Texas, its reputation soared as radio DJ’s across Ireland gave it airplay to over one million radio listeners.
In 2004, confidence nourished, Caitriona released her self-penned debut album titled, Coming out of the Woods. It received a very rare, five-out-of-five star review in The Irish World newspaper, London.
Go to www.caitrionakenny.com and click home on menu bar to see her music website and listen to tracks from her album.