National final season is fast approaching, and the artists vying for the Eurovision ticket are popping up across the continent. Folk-metal band Cruachan have confirmed they have submitted a song as a contender to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
The Dublin band broke the news of their entry shortly after RTÉ confirmed the Eurosong Late Late Show Special selection format will return to choose Ireland’s 2023 entry.
On Saturday 1 October, frontman Keith Fay announced on Twitter the band’s intention to compete.
Cruachan submit Ireland Eurovision 2023 song
Cruachan is a folk-metal band from Dublin, Ireland. Formed in the 1990s, the group take their name from the Rathcroghan archeological site in County Roscommon.
The Irish band features Joe Farrell on bass, Audrey Trainor on violin, David Quinn on guitars, Tom Woodlock on drums and founder Keith Fay on vocals, keyboards, guitars and mandolin.
Cruachan is heavily inspired by Celtic mythology, often writing lyrics in Irish and using traditional Irish instruments on their tracks.
Through a series of lineup changes over the years since their initial formation, the group is ready to take on a new challenge as they bid for the Irish ticket to Eurovision.
On Twitter, Keith Fay wrote: “We have submitted a specially recorded song for consideration to represent Ireland in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.”
Fans expressed their support for the band’s bid.
On Twitter, Marnie wrote: “This is how I hear about you guys and honestly you have my absolute support I would pass away this is what I’ve been wanting at Eurovision for so long”.
To become the next Irish Eurovision entry, Cruachan will need to fight off the competition in the Eurosong Late Late Show Special.
RTÉ is looking for “contemporary artists and songwriters with the talent and ambition to compete and succeed in this highly competitive environment”. The broadcaster adds this is “probably not an opportunity for beginners or people with limited or no experience of performing in public to large crowds”, emphasising their preference for experienced veterans.
In 2022, The Voice alum Brooke won the competition and earned the right to sing “That’s Rich” for her country in Turin. Brooke failed to qualify for the final, placing 15th in her semi-final.
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