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Eurovision winner Graham backs Dolan

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Brendan Graham

Irish songwriter and double Eurovision winner Brendan Graham has sent his best wishes to Irish hopeful Ryan Dolan who will perform his song, Only Love Survives, in Saturday night’s Eurovision final in Malmo.

Graham is an old hand at this Eurovision stuff having composed the winning songs in 1994 (Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids performed by Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan) and in 1996 (The Voice performed by Eimear Quinn). He also penned two further Irish entries in 1976 for Red Hurley and in 1985 for Maria Christian.

Graham said “I thought Ryan and the group came through strongly in the semi-final. He has a terrific voice, a really bright personality and the whole performance had a high-energy to it.

“There are other songs in a similar mode so, it will all be down to making Only Love Survives stand out from those songs.

That's down to performance, finding that extra few revs - and Ryan and the musicians certainly have the kind of confidence about them, that can produce that performance.

“They've done us proud so far and I wish them - and co-writer, Wez Devine - the very best for Saturday'.”

The very busy Tipperary novelist and composer, who also wrote the lyrics to the international hit Rolf Lovland’s You Raise Me Up, was recently selected to write the lyrics for a song dedicated to the new British royal baby which is due in July.

The song, Sleep On, is a lullaby dedicated to minimising the number of sleepless nights for new parents and is sung by Hayley Westenra.

Speaking to Hot Press about the recent writing commission Graham said “Thankfully, both composer (Paul Mealor) and singer liked the lyric – and Hayley Westenra's interpretation is everything I could have wished for – intimate and tender but with a slight vulnerability. She brings you right in there, beside the cradle.”

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