Folk and Rock Documentaries Nominated for Celtic Media Awards

Martha Tilston – ‘The Cliff Top Sessions’ is nominated for a Celtic Media award.

Folk and Rock Documentaries Nominated for Celtic Media Awards

'Lomax in Éirinn', 'Rip It Up: DIY or Die', and 'The Cliff Top Sessions' among nominees in the arts category.

The Celtic Media Festival has announced the shortlist of nominees for their 2019 awards. Recognising film, television and radio across Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall and Brittany, the Festival awards take place on 4–6 June in Aviemore in Scotland

There are 22 categories this year including arts, comedy, drama, animation, children’s programmes, entertainment and history, with nominees producing work in English, Irish, Welsh and Scots Gaelic.  There are three music documentaries nominated in the arts category – Lomax in Éirinn, Rip It Up: DIY or Die, and The Cliff Top Sessions. 

Alan Lomax in Ireland
Directed and produced by film-maker Declan McGrath, Lomax in Éirinn premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh last year and was broadcast on TG4. It tells the story of American folklorist Alan Lomax and his travels in Ireland, recording and preserving Irish folk music in the early 1950s. Pól Brennan of Clannad narrates the film, which also features music from the Donegal group, as well as performances by Steve Earle, Nell Ní Chróinín and Slow Moving Clouds.

Rip It Up: DIY or Die, a BBC production, focusses on Scottish pop music and features artists such The Jesus and Mary Chain and Cocteau Twins. The Cliff Top Sessions is the ‘rock and roll sleepover’ project of UK folk artist Martha Tilston. The film focusses on a project in which she gathered a film crew and a group of musicians for one night of intimate acoustic performances in a cottage in Cornwall. 

Celtic Connections
Other music productions nominated are Celtic Connections: Bothy Culture and Beyond, the story of musical connections between Scotland and Canada; and Gruff Rhys a’r Gerddorfa, the orchestral radio show on BBC with former member of Super Furry Animals, Gruff Rhys.

For details on all nominations, visit

Published on 3 April 2019


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