Beard of Zeus Win Buddy’s Got Talent

A packed house witnessed a very exciting final of Buddy’s Got Talent last Friday night in Buddy’s Bar, Capparoe, which saw Borrisokane/Ballinderry band the Beard of Zeus crowned deserved overall winners. It was a thrilling final which saw 8 top class acts compete for the top prizes. First on stage was Michelle O Dwyer from Nenagh who got the event off to a high quality start with a great performance, accompanying herself on guitar. She was followed by Michael Lambe from Lorrha, who sang one of his own compositions and then finished with a great performance of Piano Man, accompanying himself on piano and harmonica.

Next up was Greg Starr who gave his usual classy performance, starting with a beautiful rendition of Mr Bojangles and finishing with a rousing Nessun Dorma. Bringing the first half to a close was Bridget Maher from Roscrea. Bridget gave a lovely performance of Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue and a rousing rendition of the jazz standard Too Darn Hot.

The second half commenced with Cian Morris who started with a song of his own, Supernatural Cover Girl, followed by a cover. He was in excellent form and also well accompanied by Brian Richardson on guitar.

Next up was Harmony, 4 young girls from the Nenagh area, who gave us something unique with an acapella rendition of 2 current chart songs. Their unique arrangements and super harmonies were impressive.

Next was the Beard Of Zeus who gave us White Winter Hymnal by the Fleet Foxes, and their own very unique take on the Beach Boys’ Barbara Ann. Closing the competition was Mikey Finn who once again gave an intimate and heartfelt performance of his two songs, accompanying himself on guitar.

The judges (Noel Ryan, Veronica Crowley, Andrew Walsh) retired to mark their sheets, and the audience filled in their voting cards, and we all waited with anticipation. Then came the moment, and the result was announced; in 3rd place and receiving €200 cash was Harmony. Second place went to Cian Morris, who received €300, and the winners who received €1000 cash and recording time in Earth Recording Studios, Nenagh, was The Beard Of Zeus. It would have been difficult for anyone to argue with the results, as any of the other acts could also have featured in the top 3, such was the standard. All 8 acts deserve great credit; they gave very professional and entertaining performances and can be proud of their achievement.

Certainly Harmony could have a bright future, particularly if they stay together and vary their programme as they progress with their music. Cian Morris is already well known in North Tipp and is easily as good as anything we have seen on the All Ireland Talent Show; let’s hope he gets a break in the near future. The Beard of Zeus has to be one of the freshest and most entertaining bands around this area, with their unique take on every song they do. The simple mix of acoustic guitar, bass, and banjo works really well, but all 3 of them can sing and their harmonies are impressive. They also have the knack of choosing music that works for them and adding their own touch to it. We all look forward to the launch night of their CD which hopefully they will make as part of their prize.

On behalf of the judges, Noel Ryan paid tribute to all the contestants, and thanked Joe Mulqueen for having the initiative to stage the competition and give up and coming talent this opportunity.  It was a great success and best of luck to the winners, and all who took part.

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