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Friday, January 30 2015 @ 02:20 AM MST


The Phoenix Halloween Feis is honored to present the First Annual George O’Brien Memorial Trophy for Best Overall Performance for this year’s music contest.  Trophy awards will also be given within each age group and skill level.
When: Saturday, October 15th, starting after the Championship dance competition (between 4PM and 5PM) after dance awards are given.
Where: Tempe Mission Palms Resort, 60 East Fifth Street, Tempe, AZ 85281.  Competition will be held on the championship stage.
All registrations for the music competition will be taken the day of the Feis.  No pre-registration is required, and no late fees will be assessed.  Fees will be $5 per entry.  There will be three categories: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.  Age groups will be U10, U15, U18 and Adult.  Competitors may enter the level that they deem appropriate for themselves.  Age categories may be combined by discretion of the Feis committee if there are less than five entrants for an age group and less than 15 entrants overall in the combined group.  Skill level groups will not be combined.
Music selections are to be traditional tunes (jig, reel, slip jig, polka, etc.) played on traditional, acoustic instruments (whistle, fiddle, pipes, concertina, etc.) without accompaniment. Vocals should be without accompaniment (trad style) and supplying the lyrics is recommended (so the judge can follow along). Songs should be traditional Irish and may be sung in either English or Gaelic. Beware of the American tunes commonly sung by Irish pub bands that aren't Irish traditional!  Judging criteria will be based upon a combination of appropriate music selection, demonstrated skill within skill level, stylistic elements and presentation/performance.
Thank you to Jack and Mary Moriarty for their sponsorship of the the George O’Brien Memorial Trophy.
Music Adjudicator: Sheila Maguire
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