The forever popular and successful Y Factor 2013 Youth Music Showcase held in Youghal and organized by Bobby lee is now on its 8th year. Auditions took place back in June and the 12 chosen ones have been busy rehearsing with Bobby, Leo and Conor doing radio shows on the run up to the live night which took place on friday August 16th in Youghal’s Walter Raleigh Hotel to a packed and vibrant house. Up to 300 supportive and excited kids, parents,friends and music lovers relished in the energy of the nights entertainment . After a brief introduction by Bobby and a welcome on stage to Leo Mullane on bass guitar and Conor Sloane on drums who brilliantly backed the performers along with bobby throughout night , the beautiful Jane Crowley and Holly Twomey from Cry Fm ‘s The Jane Holly show took too the stage to host the night.
After introducing the three observers them being , Helen Murray a very accomplished singer and past Y factor performer, Wayne Mc Sweeney a musician and music facilitator from Midleton and Brian Whyte a singer guitarist from Youghal. Their task for the night was to comment on each performance and nominate two acts from 14 and under category and 15 and over category to receive an Honorary mention and a Performance appreciation award.
First up was 14 year old Saoirse Murphy from Ballymacoda singing a Paramore song named Decode and what a start it was , as one judge comments stated ,”how can a voice so strong come out of a girl so young . In her own words Saoirse says “it was a brilliant night , performing was amazing with the band I felt some rush on the stage with all the hype and excitement and overall it was really a great night.
Next up was 11 year old Kayla McLeverty from Youghal singing a Palmoa Faith song Wonder and this is what the night meant to her “ when I got through to The final of Y factor I was so happy. It was great working with Bobby, Leo and Connor. On the night I was very nervous but once I got on stage I wasn’t nervous anymore. It was great fun and even though I didn’t win I wasn’t upset because I won a cool reward that I really like and all my family were very proud of me. Now I cant wait to go to the recording studio in Claycastle and record the cd”. Next we had 11 year old Andrea Baker from Ardmore singing one of her own compositions Cool Kids in Town a catchy tune fit for radio play as one observer stated. Then we were inspired by the confident and energetic 10 year old Holly McCarthy Thompson from Knockanore Youghal with Upside down by Amelie Sande and here’s what she says “The Y factor was a great experience, it gave me a lot of confidence and it helped me to believe in myself more. It felt great to be up on stage and I loved every minute of it.” 12 year old Molly Foley from Kinsalebeg braved the stage on her own with guitar in hand and a funked up with version of No Diggity vs thrift shop by Ed Sheeran and Passenger.
The last act before interval were The Edge a young up and coming 5 piece band average age 12 with Neville Scott on guitar , Michael Ahern on guitar, Kyle Brown on bass and Ben Scofield on Drums, sadly one member guitarist Peter Kirk couldn’t be with them but will feature on the recording. They performed Desert Man an original song remnant of a 70’s classic rock tune only up for these guys. Birthday girl Tara Flavin singing an original song Playlist of Life and Jaded a well know band from Youghal performing two originals entertained the crowd through the interval.
Kicking off the 15 and overs was 17 year old Emma Ní Úallacháin from Midleton no stranger to the stage and it showed with a polished performance of Cher’s Believe, in her words she says “The whole thing was organized very well, I loved being a part of it, the observers comments were great confidence boosters and the reaction from the crowd was unreal! thanks a mil”. 17 year old Erna Cunningham from Youghal was next with a stunning performance of a beautiful original song named Distance. Erna was a late comer to the audition but is so glad she put herself to the task it was all worth while.
Next was 17 year old David Banim on guitar and vocals giving an emotional performance of his own song Headfirst into Brickwalls drawing very encouraging comments from observers , this is what he said of the experience “I feel like it gave me a chance to put my music out there because I
usually just play at my home or to a small crowd, I’ve rarely played in front of lots of people, I kinda fall into my own when playing, like nothing bad can happen , it’s a surreal feeling, that’s what I felt , like the song means lots to me and it gets me quite emotional, I came off the stage shaking, “
Hi-Wire from Youghal were next Stephen Manning bass and vocals , Aaron Shaughnessy guitar and Robert Hayes drums are a newly formed band performing for the first time and they rocked the room with an original song lockout.
Following on we had James Jack Eoin and Cian collectively known as Exit Fire from Castlelyons ,they gave us a classic sounding original song 40 steps remnant of The Undertones and kings of leon . Exit fire were finalists in The Irish Youth music awards aka Garagland held in dublin each
year they put everything into they’re performance and had the audience buzzing.
Last up were Dungarvan based Tommy and Danny Dunford. Stephen Keating and Colin Drummey collectively known as Cider Wasps with a first time performance of Tongue tied an original song and a perfect finale to a wonderful and electrifying night of music and song. While the observers were away deliberating who was to receive the Performance appreciation award Darragh Lee a local musician kept the crowd entertained and on their return Observer Brian Whyte took to the stage to say a few words. He stressed the fact that all are winners in their own
right and none more so than the audience who got a fantastic night of entertainment.
An honorary mention and award was presented to Saoirse Murphy and David Banim for they’re excellent performances. All performers will now go on to record Roots part 3 at Claycastle Studio Youghal in October and a DVD of the show will be forthcoming in the next while. Bobby wishes to thank all who contributed and helped the show happen many hands make light work.
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