Don Mescall wins BITA award – Don won for a Lifetime Artistic Excellence and is pictured above at the awards
Limerick songwriter and producer Don Mescall wins BITA Award
By I Love Limerick correspondent Caoimhe Siochru
Don Mescall has won a BITA (British and Irish Trade Alliance) award for a Lifetime of Artistic Excellence.
Don was accompanied to the awards by Christy Dignam, as he produced and wrote many tracks on Dignam’s brilliant new album ‘The Man Who Stayed Alive’.
Don has previously worked with Dignam when he was a part of the band Aslan. He wrote the number one song ‘Too Late for Hallelujah’ and a top-five hit “Catch Your Fall”.
Don received his well-deserved award from T.D, Willie O’Dea, and gave an excellent performance at the event also.
Don Mescall was born in Ahane and was the second youngest of eleven siblings. He moved to London in the nineties. His first cut as a songwriter was Road to Glory, recorded by Eleanor Shanley, and gradually other songs of Don’s found their way to artists including Frances Black, who went on to record nine of his compositions.
He has won many awards for his brilliant collection of work. In 2017 he received a lifetime achievement award and was also named Songwriter of the Year at the Irish Country Music Awards. In May of 2018 he was awarded international songwriter of the year at the Hot Country Music Awards.
He has also had some very successful performances. In 2018, he performed live at C2C Dublin at the 3 Arena. He released his new album ‘Lighthouse Keeper’ later that year with a sold-out show in University Concert Hall, Limerick. Lighthouse Keeper went to No. 1 in the Irish Independent album charts that month. In 2019, following a Nationwide RTE TV special with Mary Kennedy, Don went on to headline the St. Patrick’s Day show in Trafalgar Square in London in front of an audience of 85,000, which was also broadcast to an estimated 2 million viewers.
Don’s songs have gone on to have over 17 million hits on YouTube, and have been recorded by such artists as Rascal Flatts, The Backstreet Boys, Lonestar, Geri Halliwell, Ronan Keating, Sir Cliff Richard, Nathan Carter, Mackenzie Porter, Marina Kaye, Sharon Corr, Aslan, American Idol’s Clay Aiken, Boyzone, Idol Winner Theo Thams, Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Lulu, Kirsty, Garou, Woodstock’s legendary Richie Havens, US star Neal McCoy, Brian Kennedy, Luke Dickens, Jaydee Bixby, The High Kings, Frances Black, Grant & Forsyth and many more.
Don’s BITA award was well deserved, and we are excited to see what he does next in his career!
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