RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards Announced for 17 November

Ye Vagabonds – winners of Best Folk Group and and Best Traditional Folk Track in 2021.

RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards Announced for 17 November

Shortlist to be released on Thursday 3 November.

RTÉ have announced that the 2022 RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards will be broadcast live from Vicar Street, Dublin, on Thursday 17 November at 8pm.

RTÉ presenter John Creedon will host the awards in front of a live audience and television highlights will also be broadcast on RTÉ One on 21 November.

The nominees for this year’s awards will be announced on Thursday 3 November. The award categories are as follows:

  • Best Emerging Artist (Winner 2021: John Francis Flynn)
  • Best Folk Instrumentalist (Winner 2021: Caoimhín Ó Fearghail)
  • 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)
  • 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 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).

Commenting on this year’s awards, Creedon said:

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. 

Tickets for this year’s awards are now on sale for €24 from www.ticketmaster.ie.

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Published on 13 October 2022

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