Cork singer long-listed for two Grammy awards

Cork singer long-listed for two Grammy awards
Knocknaheeny songwriter Myles Gaffney, who has been long-listed for two Grammy awards.

A Knocknaheeny-based songwriter could be about to hit the big time after being long-listed by a record company for two Grammy nominations.

Well-known Cork ballad performer Myles Gaffney, originally from Redemption Road, has had two songs picked up by American record label Rian Music and they have put them forward as their nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards.

The songs are titled 'Song For Fallen Mothers' – which is about the experiences of former Bessborough Mother and Baby Home intern Joan McDermott who was separated from her son for over 40 years – and 'Come Hold My Hand Son' – which is about Myles' mother who passed away when he was just 10-years-old.

Myles, who only took up songwriting three years ago, first came to prominence on the Cork music scene when his song about Roy Keane 'Keano' went viral and was downloaded over 13,000 times.

Despite being a Liverpool fan, Myles wrote the song about the former Manchester United and Cobh Ramblers player years after he arranged for Myles to see a Manchester United v Liverpool clash at Old Trafford following the death of his mother.

With two albums already released and another 50 songs ready to be completed, Myles says the Grammy Nominations could lead to a breakthrough in America.

"Three years ago I released my first song and since that period I've released 21 original songs and I've recorded 30 in total. I'm a hungry songwriter. I will go to any lengths to find material for songs and travel anywhere to pick up old Irish ballads and folk songs to keep alive,” he said.

With support slots for Finbar Furey and the Wolfe Tones already behind him, Myles is set to play a sold-out show at Cyprus Avenue in December.

The 2018 Grammy Awards will be held at New York's Madison Square Gardens in January.

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