The RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards will be live from Vicar Street and on RTÉ Radio 1 on Thursday 17th November
Celebrating the very best in folk music in Ireland from the past year
Shortlist on Thursday 3rd November | Awards on Thursday 17th November
Tickets on sale now from ticketmaster.ie | #rtefolkawards
The RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards will return to Vicar Street, Dublin at 8.00pm on Thursday 17th November and will be live on RTÉ Radio 1.
RTÉ presenter, John Creedon will host the awards ceremony in front of a live audience as RTÉ celebrates the very best in Irish folk music over the past year and pays tribute to Irish folk legends. A television highlights programme will also be broadcast on RTÉ One on Saturday 21st November.
Tickets for the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards are on sale now via www.ticketmaster.ie. Tickets are €28, including booking fee and other charges.
This year’s RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards nominees will be announced on Thursday 3rd November. The award categories include:
- Best Emerging Artist (Winner 2021: John Francis Flynn)
- Best Folk Instrumentalist (Winner 2021: Caoimhin O’Fearghaill)
- Best Original Folk Track (Winner 2021: Chain Reaction – Mick Flannery and Susan O’Neill)
- Best Traditional Folk Track (Winner 2021: I’m a Rover – Ye Vagabonds (Pictured))
- Best Folk Group (Winner 2021: Ye Vagabonds)
- Best Folk Singer (Winner 2021: John Francis Flynn)
- Best Folk Album (Winner 2021: Solas an Lae – Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Ultan O’Brien)
- Lifetime Achievement Award
Previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award are Christy Moore (2021), Steve Cooney (2020), Moya Brennan (2019) and Andy Irvine (2018). An artist will also be inducted into the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards Hall of Fame. Previous inductees include Sarah Makem (2021), Frank Harte (2020), Margaret Barry (2019) and Tom Munnelly and John Reilly (2018).
Host and RTÉ presenter, John Creedon said: “I am delighted to be back in Vicar Street again this year in front of a live audience of folk music fans to celebrate the very best in folk music in Ireland over the past year and there is so much to celebrate and to be proud of. It’s been wonderful to see the return of live music and events over the past year and I am looking forward to enjoying more great live performances on the night from so many talented artists and musicians and to sharing these with RTÉ Radio 1 listeners across the world.”
Ann-Marie Power, RTÉ Group Head of Arts and Culture, added: “Last year’s RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards were so uplifting after a challenging year for Ireland’s musicians and artists, and we are looking forward to another special celebration of our folk artists and musicians at this year’s awards live from Vicar Street on RTÉ Radio 1 and with highlights on RTÉ One. The joy of being able to once again get together to play live gigs and sessions – the lifeblood of the industry – has inspired another year of incredible music and performances from our talented folk artists and we look forwarding once again to honouring these achievements both in Vicar Street and across RTÉ radio, television and online.”
The awards will feature live performances from some of this year’s nominees in what promises to be a very special night, celebrating Irish folk music and artists, both established as well as emerging.
Stay up to date on the latest on the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards by following RTÉ and RTÉ Radio 1 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #rtefolkawards and by staying tuned to RTÉ Radio 1.
If you can’t join us in Vicar Street on Thursday 17th November, join us live on RTÉ Radio 1 at 8pm on the evening and don’t forget our television highlights programme on RTÉ One on Saturday 19th November.