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Irish Mythen was named Music PEI’s 2016 SOCAN Songwriter of the Year for her song “Gypsy Dancer.” This award was the first of 34 awards handed out during Music PEI’s May Run Music Festival at the Songwriter’s Concert at King’s Playhouse on Wednesday, May 18th. Music PEI’s May Run Music Festival ran from May 18-22nd and the awards were handed out throughout the week in Charlottetown, PEI. The festival wrapped up Sunday with an awards party in the afternoon and a closing concert at the Delta Hotel.
Singer-songwriter Irish Mythen, currently on tour in the US, says this about the award: "Lyrics to me are paramount and so I'm very proud to win this one. Huge thanks to Socan and of course Music PEI." The winning song is from her third, self-titled LP, an album that also picked up the 2015 ECMA for Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year.
For a full list of Music PEI 2016 awards and winners, please visit: http://www.fyimusicnews.ca/articles/2016/05/24/peis-may-run-music-festival-anoints-gordie-mackeeman-his-rhythm-boys
Mythen is a globetrotting troubadour – an Irish-born, contemporary Canadian folk artist who’s been amassing accolades and achievements across several continents over the years. Her presence and charisma simply command attention, and regardless of where she takes the stage, she delivers a sonic and emotional experience that transcends language and location; that reaches the very core of what connects us. It’s an experience that, in recent years, has earned her spots performing alongside Rod Stewart, Gordon Lightfoot, and Lucinda Williams and billings on major festival stages the world over.
Music PEI, founded in 2001 as the Prince Edward Island Music Awards Association, is a non-profit member services organization devoted to advancing careers of Island musicians. Music PEI actively seeks ways to promote, foster and develop artists and the music industry on PEI. The Association acts as an advocate for the Island music industry and a representative at the national table.
The May Run Music Festival brings both provincial and national artists to an Island and Maritime audience. The festival lines up annually with the Victoria Day long weekend, allowing visitors from across the water to come and enjoy spectacular music with an authentic Island feel.
True power inspires awe, and Irish Mythen packs a lot of it – lyrical, musical, and personal – into a relatively small frame. You can keep up to date with Irish on Facebook and Twitter or at http://www.irishmythen.com.
Watch the video for Gypsy Dancer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zersV4OFH1I
Kimberly Sinclair | (902) 350-3968