Tyrone singer-songwriter, Bernadette Morris, joins forces leading Irish musician, Eleanor McEvoy
Gifted Tyrone singer-songwriter, Bernadette Morris, was one of fourteen artists to be awarded an Artist Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) funding award by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in autumn 2019. The ACES awards are given in recognition of an emerging or mid-career artist’s talent and to enable them in the creation of a new body of work. Bernadette Morris has used her award to invest into marketing and artist development to target new markets in the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain.
Bernadette has appointed marketing and PR professionals with the experience and expertise required to reach new audiences. Will McCarthy promotions and Good Seed PR (Linda Coogan Byrne) will work with Bernadette to release a series of new songs in 2020. One of the new songs to be released is a co-write with the legendary Irish songwriter, Eleanor McEvoy, the talent behind multi-million selling albums including Only a Woman’s Heart and Snapshots.
Speaking about the co-write, Bernadette said,
“The ACES award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland has really helped me to forge ahead with my music career. The funding is going toward the promotion and marketing of new music I have coming out this year, in the UK, Scotland and Republic of Ireland. I’ve also be co-writing a lot recently and it was simply a dream come true to write with Eleanor McEvoy whom I’ve greatly admired since I was a young girl. I’ll be officially launching the first single from my new collection of music at Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival on 12th March, so do come along.”
Maria McAlister, Arts Development Officer for Traditional Music, at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented,
“Bernadette Morris plays a special role in the traditional music sector here in Northern Ireland. She brings rare, traditional songs to contemporary audiences and she’s also more and more involved in co-writing and creating original work. We were delighted to award Bernadette with ACES funding in 2019 and look forward to seeing this terrific artist develop further throughout 2020.”
Bernadette’s debut album, All the ways you wander, achieved positive reviews, extensive radio and television airplay, and her subsequent EP, Where the Heart is, recorded by Arborist’s Ben McAuley, were very successful in establishing the artist in Ireland and enabled Bernadette to tour Germany, Belgium and Australia. She has also supported stalwarts of the folk and traditional music scene including Cara Dillon, Eddi Reader and Julie Fowlis and has also co-written with Cormac Neeson, Donal Scullion and Rioghnach Connolly.
Bernadette has performed at the National Celtic Festival in Australia, Celtic Connections in Scotland and for the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtarán.
Bernadette Morris in Concert-Single Launch, The Shores of My Home, a celebration of Lough Neagh. Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, Ramada Hotel, CS Lewis Room, 20 Talbot Street Belfast. Thursday 12th March. Doors 7pm Show 7.45pm-8.45pm. Visit www.belfastnashville.com for tickets and further information.