South Dublin County Councillor Trevor Gilligan recently released his debut EP and plans to further his music career by submitting a song for Eurovision 2018.
The Clondalkin councillor has served the community since his election in 2004 and was re-elected in the 2009 and 2014 local elections.
Music was one of his first loves and he has performed and written songs from an early age, playing both guitar and piano.
Cllr Gilligan told InTallaght that this is the second time he will enter a song for Eurovision, after he submitted his original music when he was just 15-years-old but his lack of experience hampered his efforts.
This time around he is hoping that his song, ‘Keep You Warm’, can help Ireland return to winning ways at the popular song contest which is broadcast to millions of people worldwide.
He said: “One of the highest honours in music is representing Ireland in the Eurovision. To be involved in writing and composing a song for my country would be a dream come true.”
The local councillor also revealed that he believe his simple melody coupled with gentle piano, catchy lyrics and heavy bass on ‘Keep You Warm’ could be just what Eurovision judges are looking for.
He was inspired to write the melodic tune during the Autumn when the weather started to get colder. He told InTallaght: “It was just that time of year I just had those ideas going around in my head – keep you warm, snowing, wet, rain, leaves falling from the trees! I was going to keep it 100% just the piano but I cant help myself to throw in bass, drums, synthesizers etc”
Cllr Gilligan’s musical influences include The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Bee Gees, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Jamiroquai and Oasis.
Earlier this year he released his first mini album which is available for free by visiting his website here.
The musical politician has already submitted his entry to the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest which will take place in Portugal in May 2018.