Eamonn shortlisted again

Eamonn Watt

A LOCAL composer and musician has been shortlisted in a global songwriting competition for the second year in a row.

Eamonn Watt, who is also known as the Virtual Conductor, is shortlisted in the instrumental category of this year’s International Songwriting Competition for his traditional-influenced song The Raconteur.

The drum instructor featured in the category last year for his effort The Tale of Buckaroo Bill.


On the judging panel this year are a host of big name musicians and singers including Tom Waits, Chris Cornell, Lorde and India Arie.

Eamonn is set to go head-to-head with 370 other finalists for the grand prize, which offers a reward of £20,000 and musical equipment.

His song is also in contention for the instrumental award, which features 13 other entrants, and the publicly voted people’s choice prize.

Eamonn’s orchestral piece The Raconteur featured on his debut Virtual Conductor album Bonhoga, which was released in 2012.

The musician said it was “quite a miracle” that he has made the finals again as around 18,000 songs initially entered the competition.

“To be chosen again as a finalist out of those entries is absolutely miraculous,” Eamonn said.

“I’m looking forward to the final result and I hope that this will be the year that a prize is won.”

To vote for Eamonn in the people’s choice category, visit here. Voting closes on 14 April.