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Winners of gradam ceoil 2015 announced at city hall

Wednesday, 28th January, 2015 6:14pm

Gradam Ceoil TG4, the national traditional music awards ceremony, is returning to Cork after more than ten years and will be broadcast live for the very first time from the Cork Opera House on 22 February.

Featuring 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. Daithi O Se and Aoife Ni Thuairisg from TG4 will MC the evening and they will be joined on stage with a star-studded line up of award presenters and musicians.

The awards recipients were announced on Tuesday 27 January at a ceremony in Cork City Hall. The main award, Gradam Ceoil TG4 (Traditional Musician of the Year) went to Galway man, Máirtín O'Connor. A talented accordian player with a wide range of compositions and has been performing for over 30 years.

Other award recipients were Gradam Saoil TG4 (Hall of Fame) Bobby Gardiner, Ceoltóir Óg TG4 (Young Musician) Maitiú Ó Casaide, Gradam Comharcheoil TG4 (Musical Collaboration) Ensemble Ériu, Amhránaí TG4 (Singer) Roisín White, and Gradam Comaoine TG4 (Outstanding Contribution) Irish Folk Music Archive.

Cork City Council was responsible for securing the awards and they will also put on the 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 success like Pulses of Tradition, The Lee Sessions and the Folk Festival.

“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 particularly pleased to partner with Cork City Council this year and Cork is a fantastic lively city with a very strong culture of traditional music and song and the perfect place to broadcast the awards live for the very first time,” said Padhraic O Ciardha, Deputy CEO of TG4.

An independent panel of adjudicators select recipients of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil each year and each winner is presented with a specially commissioned piece by sculptor, John Coll.

"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 of traditional music and boosts a wealth of musical talent. With this in mind, Cork City also hopes to become Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann hosts in 2017," said Damien O' Mahony from Cork City Council TEAM.

Tickets are €25 for TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards and are available from Cork Opera House. See www.corkoperahouse.ie for more information.

The winner's biographies and discographies are available at www.gradam.ie.

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