A Song for Ireland

A while back I edited and directed a music video for my friend Aoife Scott who next week will represent Ireland in the Liet International Song Contest in Italy


It’s no surprise that Aoife Scott shall be taking to the stage in Udine to represent
Ireland in this prestigious competition.

Born into the legendary Black Family – which includes her mother, Frances,
and her aunt, Mary – she has been surrounded by and immersed in Irish music,
language and culture from an early age, from listening to her grandparents,
mother, aunt and uncles making music around the fire, to observing the backstage
workings of festivals both here and abroad. Having moved to the west coast of
Ireland several years ago and her passion for the native Irish language spoken
there is reflected in her choice of songs.

She possesses a voice that reflects the wild western landscape: fragile one minute
and forceful the next. Aoife has showcased her music at an international level,
bringing the Irish language to the world stage and increasing an awareness for
Irish Culture and heritage abroad. Her work includes prestigious performances
with some of Ireland’s finest musicians and international acts including Sharon
Shannon, Séamus Begley, Cherish the Ladies, Eddi Reader, Pauline Scanlon
and of course the Black Family. Hers is the featured voice on the soundtrack of
the acclaimed Irish language TV series 1916 Seachtar na Cásca, which aired in
September 2010, and she has made appearances on the BBC’s Imeall Geal.

Through Aoife’s involvement and participation in the Liet International Festival,
Aoife shall once again take the Irish language to a world stage through the
medium of music. Whilst in Italy, Aoife shall partake in many press and media
interviews discussing her role as the Irish musical ambassador in Udine, whilst
also promoting the Irish language, bringing it further positive international

Aoife’s involvement with Liet International Festival, will create relationships with
other such artists abroad and other organisations, i.e. booking agents, festivals,
tour promoters and interested media partners. Aoife will perform in this reputable
contest with the song “Donal Ná Fag”, written by acclaimed singer and songwriter
Enda Reilly.

“Donal Ná Fág is proof that you can take the wild spirit of traditional Irish Music and
reset it in a 21st century context. A thrilling mix of the old and the new, it sums up Aoife
Scott herself, a fiery passionate young talent springing from a fine musical family. ”
Hot Press September 2011

For more information please contact aoifescottmusic@gmail.com

<a href="http://www.liet.nl/en/internationaal/Liet International – Takes place on 19th of November 2011

Winner of “Fast Track to Feis” Competition – London Feis – June 2011
Winner of BallyShannon Folk Festival Showcase – Ballyshannon – July 2011
Regional Finalist in Hot Press/2fm/Arthurs Day competition – September 2011
Finalist in Upcoming Liet International Song Contest – Italy – November 2011