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Cork songstress scoops award

Wednesday, 29th November, 2017 5:33pm

Cork has cause to celebrate after teen Julianne Quirke scooped the 'Best Song' award at the 2017 International Corti Sonanti Film Awards.

The awards ceremony in Naples saw judges unanimously vote for 16 year old Julianne's original piece ‘While Éire Cries'.

Cork native Julianne wrote the song to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Her song was praised not only for its emotion but for Julianne’s instrumental performance, playing cello, guitar and vocals in the recording.

The judging panel stated: “It is fantastic that such deep emotion and passion can be conveyed in such a beautiful way, by someone so young.”

Julianne herself was ecstatic after her win. “I am absolutely delighted to win this great award! When writing 'While Éire Cries', I was inspired by the anniversary of 1916 and the Syrian war crisis. This ballad is written from the point of view of Ireland, or indeed any country, mournfully overlooking the violence and unrest of her people. I am thrilled, not only for the award, but also that Irish music is being recognised internationally. We have such an amazing wealth of musical talent in Ireland and we should be very proud of the music that is emerging from Ireland onto the international scene.”

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