Gongs for trad’s great and good

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - SIOB­HÁN LONG

TG4 GRADAM CEOIL AWARDS INEC, Kil­lar­ney, Co Kerry Fri 7.30pm 125 064-71555 This year’s TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards cer­e­mony, the Os­cars of the trad world, move to Kil­lar­ney’s INEC, where the great and the good will gather on the red car­pet tonight. Less an oc­ca­sion to break out the de­signer clob­ber than a golden op­por­tu­nity to catch a slew of ac­claimed mu­si­cians in the one place. De­spite its Good Fri­day slot, this year’s awards con­cert prom­ises to reach for the gutsy spirit of the mu­sic.

This year’s Tra­di­tional Mu­si­cian Of The Year, Clare fid­dler Martin Hayes (right), heads a line-up that also in­cludes Martin Tour­ish and Iarla Ó Lionáird, Young Tra­di­tional Mu­si­cian and Singer Of The Year re­spec­tively.

Joe and Siob­hán O’Dono­van, two vet­er­ans of the sean nós danc­ing fra­ter­nity, are hon­oured as well, hav­ing graced dance floors the length and breadth of the coun­try for the bones of eight decades. Peadar Ó Ri­ada and Harry Brad­shaw com­plete the line-up but ex­pect many sur­prise guests along the way.

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