Traditional Irish Music
This year the prestigious TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards celebrates its 17th year of honoring the very best in traditional music. They have found a new home as they move to the Cork Opera House for a live ceremony that will be broadcast on February 22nd on TG4.
It is fitting that this years recipients include the boundary pushing ensemble that is Jack Talty, Neil O' Loghlen and their Ensemble Ériu group, as well as Young Musician of the Year, Maitiú Ó Casaide . These youthful awards are balanced by the institutions that are the ITMA who receive the Outstanding Contribution to Traditional Music and Song award, as well as Máirtín Ó Connor and Bobby Gardiner. Traditional Singer of the Year goes to Róisín White.
The Musical Collaboration category, which was first introduced last year is opening the door to some intriguing possibilities. The inclusion of Énsemble Ériu who are at the very boundaries of musical exploration, is a true reflection of our musical landscape and credit must go to the awards panel for such a choice. It makes Gradam Ceoil current and reflective of not only such stalwarts as Máirtín Ó Connor and Bobby Gardiner, but also the new crop of musicians who are making their mark.
Finally in the year that Nicholas O’ Carolan retires from the ITMA, it is fitting that both Nicholas and the ITMA stand center stage for their contributions over nearly three decades.
The recipients are :
Traditional Musician of the Year - Máirtín Ó Connor
Gradam Comharcheol TG4 (Musical collaboration) - Ensemble Ériú
Gradam Comaoine TG4 (Outstanding Contribution to Traditional Music and Song) - Irish Traditional Music Archive
Gradam Saoil TG4 (Hall of Fame) - Bobby Gardiner
Ceoltóir Óg TG4 (Young Traditional Musician of the Year) - Maitiú Ó Casaide
Amhránaí TG4 (Traditional Singer of the Year) - Róisín White
The ceremony is also returning to Cork after more than 10 years and 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”.
The event takes place on February 22nd and will be broadcast on TG4 at 9.30. Also on the bill will be Zoë Conway, The Bonnymen, Liam O’Flynn, Paddy Glackin, Micheál Ó Súilleabháin, Neil Martin and Dónal Lunny
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