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Recipients of Music Recording Assistance Award 2016 Announced

Mayo County Council’s Arts Service is delighted to announce Breda Mayock and Laura Ryder as the recipients of this year’ Music Recording Assistance Awards.  The response to the call for applications has shown once again the breadth and the quality of music making in the county. The field included a fantastic cross section of genres, and the high calibre of applicants made the selection difficult work for the assessment panel.

Breda Mayock is a singer and songwriter who grew up in Co. Mayo. She played music and sang from an early age, started writing her own material in her teens and has worked and performed in Ireland and abroad. She featured on albums with Alan Stivell, Yousson N'Dour, John Cale, Jim Kerr and Khalad.  She has recorded a number of albums including Lights in the Dark with French producer Hector Zazou in Real World Studios where she sang with Peter Gabriel, O'Stravaganza with Hughes De Courson and solo projects in 2007 and in 2010. In 2015 she released a collection of ten self penned songs featuring guitarist Steve Cooney and percussionist Robbie Harris.   Her new album Little Heart will be released early in 2017.

Laura Ryder is a songwriter from Castlebar, Co.Mayo, currently studying Music in BIMM Dublin. She writes songs mainly on piano, guitar and ukulele, but occasionally on other instruments such as kalimba and drums. Her debut EP, called 'haiku', was released in February last year. It was self-recorded and produced in her bedroom.  She is currently working on arranging her songs with a full band, who will feature on her next EP, which will be recorded in early 2017, with the help of the Mayo County Council's Grant.

The Music Recording Assistance Award was established to support the recording of original music by musicians living in the county and recipients receive up to €800 towards the costs of an original music recording.  The award is open to all genres of music and applications are assessed by an independent and impartial panel of music industry professionals. 

For more information, contact Mayo County Council Arts Office, tel: 094 9047558 or e-mail:

Posted: 29/11/2016
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