A New Local Hero search whittled down to final 4

A New Local Hero search whittled down to the final 4

A New Local Hero search is part of the Irish Music Month campaign. Each radio station involved has campaigned for original local musicians and bands to submit their music to be in with a chance of winning a prize fund of โ‚ฌ10,000.ย  Over the past number of weeks, over 50 original artists from Waterford submitted tracks for WLR's A Local Hero search.

Our judging panel had a very hard task to whittle the entries down to four. In March there will be a public vote where you can have your chance to pick who gets through,ย  but for now, here they are:


Raya Mae

At just 17 years old, Raya Mae is probably the freshest face in the Waterford music scene. She released her first song in 2022 andย  did a few live gigs during those summer months. She really is one to watch.

Backroad Smokers Club


This Waterford ensemble blends funky beats, jazzy chords and psychedelic rock. The band consists of 5 core members that build to a larger group of up to 12 for the festivals.


Etaoin started writing songs at the age of 10 and grew up listening to the likes of Taylor Swift, and Avril Lavigne. She already has a couple of releases out which have brought her some attention.ย  The likes of Amazon and Hotpress have graced her withย a "One To Watch" nod

Cal Pacino

Cal Pacino is a five-piece ensemble. This dynamic group is quickly building a profile, thanks in no small part to their distinct sound that seamlessly blends elements of jazz, hip hop, and dream pop.

A New Local Hero search is part of Irish Music Month


Irish Music Month begins, on March 1st. It is a great initiative to promote Irish artists and bands. The campaign will see significantly increased radio play across 25 independent radio stations, including on WLR.ย  In addition, over โ‚ฌ100,000 will be paid directly to Irish artists. The campaign runs for the month of March in association with Independent Broadcasters of Ireland theย BAI Sound and Vision Fund and the music publication Hot Press.