Press release : The Irish Music Association Announces the 5th Annual Irish Music Award Recipients. The Awards Recognize the Irish Music Industry's Most Accomplished Artists and Performing Groups. The Irish Music Association has released its list of The Best of the Best in Irish Music for 2012, creating new international icons in the genre. During the 5th Annual Irish Music Award (IMA) presentation ceremony, the IMA recognized outstanding Irish artists in 18 different categories, from "Best Irish Tenor" to "Top Celtic Rock Band Worldwide".

The event took place in the 60-foot-underground historic brewery cellars of the 1842 Royal Brewing Company at O'Malley's Pub in Weston, Missouri. "The Irish Music Association is very proud to be the premier organization recognizing and celebrating outstanding Irish artists from the Emerald Isle, America, and beyond. Every year, we are astounded by the vast array of musicians in the Irish music industry, as well as the enthusiastic support from the many fans of Irish music across the world," IMA Executive Director R. T. Reeder said.  Saturday's awards ceremony included performances by New York musician, Mickey Coleman, originally from County Tyrone; violin player, Marie Gavin, of the Greater Kansas City area; Chad McAnnally, of St Paul/Minneapolis; and Siusan O'Rourke and Zig Zeitler from Michigan.

The awards went to

Top Solo Performer in Concert (US, IRE, EU, UK)
George Donaldson

Top Solo Performer in a Pub Venue (US, IRE, EU, UK)
Mickey Coleman

Top Duo in a Pub, Festival, Concert (US, IRE, EU, UK)
The Ryans Irish Band

Top Group (US, IRE, EU, UK)
Gaelic Storm

Best New Irish Artist(s) (IRE, EU, US, UK)
The Rovers

Best New Irish CD
The Ryans - Songs of Irish Freedom

Top Celtic Rock Band (IRE, EU, US, UK)

Best Irish Tenor (individual)
Paul Byrom

Best Female Vocalist (individual/trad.)
Chloe Agnew

Best Sean-nós Singer
Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill

Top Traditional Performance Show
Celtic Crossroads

Top Traditional Group in a Pub, Festival, Concert

Tommy Makem Award
The Irish Rovers

Top Uilleann Piper (US, IRE, EU, UK)
Barry Kerr

Top Harpist (US, IRE, EU, UK)
Seana Davey

Top Fiddle/Violin (US, IRE, EU, UK)
Máiréad Nesbitt

Top Button Accordion (US, IRE, EU, UK)
Paddy O'Brien

Lifetime Achievement Award
Joanie Madden

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Comment by Bernard Keilty on January 31, 2013 at 23:14

Best wishes to all the winners, and best honorable mentions to all nominees. 2013 is upon us and its a whole new year.


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