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Edward Joseph (Eddie) Friel was born in Belfast in 1962. He is a B. Mus. Honours graduate who in 1986 started his professional career as a music teacher. After one year he decided to pursue his talents as a musician and composer in local piano bars at home as well as in Canada and Europe, where he travelled for a year. He has toured with Van Morrison as a piano player and features extensively on Van Morrison's album Hymns to the Silence.
In 1995 he represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Dreamin'". The song finished a disappointing 14th place; Norway won the contest, breaking the three years Ireland staged the contest.
|Awards and achievements|
Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan
with "Rock 'n' Roll Kids"
| Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
with "The Voice"
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