Acoustic duo set for Irish Youth Music award finals in Dublin

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CALLUM Stewart and Ruairi O’Kane from Desertmartin have been selected to represent the north west in the Irish Youth Music Awards.

The IYMA celebrates its 5th anniversary this year and the awards enable young people aged 12-19 to access and enjoy music creation and expression on a local and national level.

The 2011 awards boasted participants from over 36 regions throughout the country with 1500 musicians and writers taking part supported by their local communities.

This is the first time there has been a north est heat and Callum and Ruairi are indebted to Youth Action NI who organise the NI heats.

The finals take place in Liberty Hall Dublin this Saturday and include a range of related workshops which take place during the day before the main performance.

The winners get the opportunity to record a compilation album at the famous Ashtown Studios and have it reviewed in Hot press magazine.

Callum (15) and Ruairi (13) have been playing and writing together since they met at ‘The Making Music’ workshop in Cookstown last summer.

They take every opportunity to play live including busking in Belfast, performing in local productions and enjoyed their live session on BBC Radio Foyle last Friday.

Their band name is Truth for Me and you can find out more about them on ‘Truth for Me’ facebook page. They are keen for as many as possible to ‘like’ their page as this counts towards points for the competition.

While it is their ambition to do very well in the competition and build their profile Callum and Ruairi and very committed first and foremost to writing and performing great music.