Traditional Irish Music
Gradam Ceoil TG4, the national traditional music awards ceremony, is returning to Cork after more than 10 years, and will be broadcast live for the very first time from the Cork Opera House on 22 February 2015.
Featuring a concert with the very best of Irish music and song, the prestigious night will also recognise the outstanding achievements of musicians across six various strands of Irish Traditional Music, including Young Musician of the year, Hall of Fame, and Musical Collaboration.
Daithí Ó Sé and Aoife Ní Thuairisg from TG4 will MC the evening, and will be joined on stage with a star-studded line-up of award-presenters and musicians.
Cork City Council, which was responsible for securing the awards, will also put on a Trad Music Trail throughout the city over the weekend.
The event, which generally attracts thousands of people, is a great boost for the city and further positions Cork as a key destination for traditional culture, building on other successes like Pulses of Tradition, the Lee Sessions and the Folk Festival.
TG4 Deputy CEO Pádhraic Ó Ciardha says that the Gradam Ceoil is unique in honouring a wide array of major figures in Irish traditional music during their lifetime and away from the competition platform. “We are delighted to organise, sponsor and broadcast this well-established and highly-regarded recognition for extraordinary and talented artists who bring beauty to our lives with their music and who are a source of pride to us all. We are particular pleased to partner with Cork City Council this year. Cork is a fantastic lively city with very strong culture of traditional music and song, and the perfect place to broadcast the awards live for the very first time.” he said.
Commenting, Damien O’Mahony, from Cork City Council TEAM, said, “Gradam Ceoil TG4 is a fantastic coup for Cork, and we are delighted to partner with TG4 on the event. Cork City has a rich heritage in terms in traditional music and boosts a wealth of musical talent. It is already the proud home to Pulses of Tradition, a vibrant and authentic Irish traditional music experience, the annual Cork Folk Festival, and The Lee Sessions, regular free trad sessions in different venues throughout the City. With all this in mind, Cork City also hopes to become Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann hosts in a couple of years”.
An independent panel of adjudicators selects recipients of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil each year. Each is presented with a specially-commissioned piece by sculptor John Coll as well as a stipend.
The Gradam Ceoil Awards will showcase the extraordinary talents of Ireland’s best traditional musicians and singers in the heart of the lovely Lee, definitely an experience not to be missed.
Tickets priced €25 for TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards 2015 are available from the Cork Opera House: http://www.corkoperahouse.ie/ or 021 4270022.
For more information check out www.gradam.ie or Facebook and Twitter @gradamceoil. #GCTG4
For further information on TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards 2015 contact:
Niamh Murphy or Kathleen Harrington,
021 4272200/ 087 0617705
Linda Ni Ghriofa, TG4
087 917 2864
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