Iarla Ó'Lionáird is to be given an award at this year's Gradam Ceol Awards and he will be performing live with Crash Ensemble at the event.
The show will be broadcast on TG4 on Monday 24th March at 9.30pm.
Below is the press release:
Gradam Ceoil is coming from the INEC in Killarney this year for the first time, where traditional, classical and contemporary musicians will join together onstage to celebrate with the award winners.
This year’s awards go to Iarla Ó Lionáird, the unique and gifted sean nós singer who has sung with the Afro-Celt Sound System, the Chieftains and Dónal Lunny; Peadar Ó Riada, the talented and at-times avant-garde composer an man behind Cór Chúil Aodha; Martin Tourish, a young piano accordion player from Donegal whose debut album Clan Ranald was greeted with critical acclaim; Joe and Siobhán O’Donovan, a couple from Cork City who have devoted themselves over decades to travelling the globe teaching traditional step-dancing and Harry Bradshaw, renowned broadcaster, producer of RTÉ Radios One’s The Long Note and diligent re-masterer of some of the finest and most treasured recording of Irish traditional music since recording came to Ireland. This year’s Musician of the Year award goes to the masterful Martin Hayes (pictured below) whose haunting, sympathetic playing has always shown deep respect and understanding for the airs of Irish music.
Our winners will be joined by some of the most influential musical acts in the country. Liam O’Flynn, Paddy Glackin, Cór Chúil Aodha, Altan and other special guests will ansure that this year’s Gradam Ceoil will be a night to remember.