Country
🇮🇪 Ireland
Song
Réalta na Mara
Written by
Aimee Banks
Composed by
Aimee Banks, Niall Mooney, Jonas Gladnikoff & Brendan McCarthy
On the internet
Broadcaster
TG4

Aimee Banks is a 13 year old young soprano from Moycullen, in County Galway. She will be singing ‘Réalta na Mara’, translation ‘Star of the Sea’, a song which she co-wrote and composed with Niall Mooney, Jonas Gladnikoff & Brendan McCarthy.

Aimee was recently awarded first place for the International Vocal Competition “American Protege” and will have the honour of performing in Carnegie Hall on December 19th. This year alone she has secured eight National Titles at Ireland’s prestigious Classical Festival Feis Ceoil 2015 and was also awarded Overall Vocalist Award and Bursary 2015 for Midlands Feis Ceoil in June. She has also recorded her first cd “My Classical Spirit” and donated the proceeds to “Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice”.

Aimee is in second year in Coláiste na Corribe, she is one of three children. Her dream is to be the next Maria Callas and perform on the world stage. She loves Maria’s story and what she gave to classical music. This entry is particularly special to Aimee, as her Nana who passed away last April, had helped her with it at the beginning stages,she was also her biggest fan!

Aimee is so happy to have gotten this far and to be representing Ireland is such an honour. She really wants everyone to believe in themselves and not to listen to anyone who tries to make you feel bad. Not everyone likes opera or classical music and sometimes can say things that can be hurtful, but it's her dream and she believes in it and because of that dream, she is now representing Ireland in Bulgaria.

Aimee can sing in six different languages and her favourite band is Hometown. She is so happy to have gotten this far. Eurovision has always been a family fun night in her house, she never dreamed she’d be a part of it and be representing Ireland. She is hoping to do everyone proud in Sofia in November.

 

Lyrics of Réalta na Mara

  • Irish
  • English
Tá sé an-fhuar anocht Leis an ngaoth lenár ndroim Le hádh ar ár dtaobh Téim abhaile go beo Tríocha céim mhóra, idir neamh agus céas Tá an long chabhlaigh láidir ach níl tú in ann a rá Deprofondis Ave Maris Stella Áit éigin, lá éigin Trasna na farraige móire Trí ghála láidir Cuirfimid chun farraige Iompar ar ais chugat mé Tosaigh an ghaoth chun báis Tá an fharraige séimh Leis na réaltaí an geal ó na soilsí ó thuaidh Deprofondis Ave Maris Stella Áit éigin, lá éigin Trasna na farraige móire Trí ghála láidir Cuirfimid chun farraige Iompar ar ais chugat mé AHH Iomar ar ais chugat mé Beidh mé ar ais ar na mara Réalta na mara mo ghrá Áit éigin, lá éigin Trasna na farraige móire Trí ghála láidir Cuirfimid chun farraige Iompar ar ais chugat mé AHH Iomar ar ais chugat mé
Verse I It’s so cold tonight But the wind is at our back With luck on our side We’ll get home alive A thirty foot swell Between Heaven and Hell The ship’s hull is strong Though you never can tell bridge Out of the depths Hail Star of the sea Chorus Somewhere someday Across the wide open blue Through a strong gail We set sail Carry me away back to you Verse II The wind starts to die Waves begin to subside Shimmering sky From the Northern Lights Chorus Somewhere someday Across the wide open blue Through a strong gail We set sail Carry me away back to you Bridge II I will return on the Sea Star of the Sea my love Chorus Somewhere someday Across the wide open blue Through a strong gail We set sail Carry me away back to you

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