- 27 Mar 23
Aaron Berry was selected from the shortlist of Sean McComish, Rachel Grace and Scott Williamson.
South East Radio have announced that – after selecting four finalists last month – Aaron Berry has been chosen as the station's overall winners of A New Local Hero.
The other brilliant finalists selected by South East Radio included Sean McComish, Rachel Grace and Scott Williamson.
The Wexford singer-songwriter has been on the scene for 20 years, playing all over the country and supporting the likes of Mick Flannery and Declan O'Rourke. These days he is mostly writing and recording songs at home in his home studio and hopes to release an EP later this year.
"Drumroll… South East Radio’s winner of Irish Music Month 2023 is Aaron Berry! Congratulations Aaron," the station wrote on its website.
Each finalist got the chance to play live on South East Radio, with all of the artists – thanks to the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, under its Sound & Vision scheme – being paid for their performance.
As one of the central features of Irish Music Month, A New Local Hero is a major call to arms for Irish musicians and bands – with all 25 participating radio stations having reached out for submissions as part of the talent search.
As part of South East Radio's Irish Music Month, our 1st finalist of the week Aaron Berry joins us in studio.#morningmix #chat #news #yourviews #IrishMusicMonthhttps://t.co/ISMEwH3ohK
— South East Radio (@SouthEastRadio) March 6, 2023
25 acts, including Aaron Berry, have been selected as their radio station's A New Local Hero. Now, an industry judging panel will choose just five of those acts to go forward to play at a special showcase event in Dublin.
The A New Local Hero campaign will ultimately see over €100,000 paid directly to Irish artists – and one worthy winning act selected, who will get to record a single at the prestigious Camden Recording Studios in Dublin, and release the single on the famed Irish independent record label Rubyworks.
As announced by Hot Press and the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI), Irish Music Month is running from Monday, March 12, to Friday, April 13 – and will see significantly increased radio play for Irish music across 25 independent radio stations.
Irish Music Month is supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, under its Sound & Vision scheme.
The event is also supported by IMRO, RAAP, MCD Productions, Live Nation, Ticketmaster, Camden Recording Studios and the Rubyworks label.
Read more about Irish Music Month here.
Irish Music Month is supported by MCD Productions, IMRO, RAAP, Live Nation, Ticketmaster, Camdem Recording Studios, Spéir Mix & Master, X-Music and Square1
Irish Music Month is funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from the television license fee