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12 September: RTÉ Radio and RAAP, Ireland's performance collection agency, today announced the 12 shortlisted finalists in the 2012 RAAP | RTÉ Radio Breakthrough Bursary competition.

The competition, which was launched in Dublin in June by official supporters Christy Moore and Ryan Sheridan, saw hundreds of entries from musicians of all disciplines.

The RAAP | RTÉ Breakthrough Bursary competition is divided into four categories which aim to encompass all musical genres and ensure that musicians of every discipline are in with a chance of winning.

The shortlisted finalists fall into four categories, as follows:

Pop | Rock | Dance Category

Les Marionettes

Neon Wolf

Heritage Centre

Country | Roots Category

Liz Seaver

The Henry Girls

Hidden Highways

Traditional Irish | Folk Category

Wayne Brennan

Caitlín Nic Gabhann

Niamh Dunne

Classical Solo | Jazz Category

Niall O’Sullivan

Carmen Browne

Emer Barry

Please note that the finalists are in no particular order.

The overall winners will be announced during a gala concert next Thursday, 20 September, at 8.30pm. The concert, which will be hosted by John Creedon, will be broadcast live on RTÉ Radio 1.

The winners of each category will receive a €5,000 bursary to go towards furthering their musical career and guaranteed air play on one of RTÉ Radio’s four FM stations. Nine runner-up prizes of €500 will also be awarded.

Submissions were be judged by an extensive panel of some of the most highly respected figures working in the music industry today: Mary Black, Fiachna Ó Braonáin (Hothouse Flowers), Niall Byrne ( Ciarán Tourish (Altan), Richie Buckley, Priscilla Kotey (Warner Music), Paul Walsh (RoySeven), Cormac Battle, Jenny Huston, Rick O’Shea, Cathal Murray, Jacqui Carroll, Liz Nolan, Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha, Seán Ó hÉanaigh, Gerry O’Connor, Eamonn Lenihan, Niall Carroll, Liz Nolan, Celia Donoghue and Gail Henry. A full list of judges’ biographies is available on .

Platinum-selling musician Ryan Sheridan, who was amongst those who officially launched the competition, says: “We are nation of hidden talent. The RAAP | RTÉ Radio Breakthrough Bursary is a chance to bring that talent out of the rehearsal rooms and into the ears of the nation!”

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