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Date: Sunday, 19th February, 2017
Time: 8.30pm
Tickets: €25 & €20 (concession)*

*Booking fees apply to telephone and online bookings

TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards 2017

Hosted by Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Tristan Rosenstock

Donegal’s star heads roll of honour in Traditional Music Awards


The multi-talented singer, fiddle-player and broadcaster Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh heads the list of recipients of the latest Gradam Ceoil TG4 (Traditional Music Awards).  A native of Gaoth Dobhair in the Donegal Gaeltacht, she has been prominent on the national scene for thirty years, particularly as a founder member of the acclaimed and much-travelled super-group Altan.


This latest list of Gradam recipients also includes a multi-talented veteran who has been at the cutting edge of developments in the resurgence of traditional music for over 40 years; a Dublin-based flute player who has written a history of traditional music in the capital; a mellifluous traditional singer from south Donegal; a bright young concertina player from West Clare and a master of harp composition whose original output has graced many of the historical commemorations held in recent years.


The full list of TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2017 recipients reads as follows:


  • Gradam Ceoil –      Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh
  • Ceoltóir Óg (Young Musician)   –      Liam O’Brien
  • Gradam Saoil (Hall of Fame)       –      Dónal Lunny
  • Amhránaí na Bliana (Singer)       –      Rita Gallagher
  • Comaoin (Special Contribution) –      Mick O’Connor
  • Cumadóir (Composer)                      –      Michael Rooney


(Biographies available on


Gradam Ceoil TG4 is the premier annual traditional music awards scheme. An independent panel of adjudicators selects recipients each year.  It is not a competition.  The Gradam Ceoil recipients are presented with a specially-commissioned piece by leading sculptor John Coll as well as a small stipend.


This year’s awards will be presented at the Gradam Ceoil TG4 Concert in the Cork Opera House on Sunday, 19th February.  At this live televised concert, hosted by well-known musician/broadcasters Tristan Rosenstock and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, the 2017 Gradam recipients will be joined in performance on stage by their own special musical guests in a unique, star-studded line-up of musicians and award-presenters to include Altan, Lunny, Brady & Irvine, The Castle Céilí Band, The Atlantic Arc Orchestra, Na Mooneys, The Macalla Orchestra and many more.


TG4 Leascheannasaí  Pádhraic Ó Ciardha says that the Gradam Ceoil continues to honour major figures in Irish traditional music during their lifetime.  “TG4 has a deserved reputation for offering a broad range of traditional music and this latest list of Gradam recipients reflects that. As we conclude the commemoration of the channel’s 20th Birthday, we are privileged to curate and sponsor this deserved recognition for extraordinary and talented artists who instil such pride in our culture and who adorn our lives with their music.”


For more information see or Facebook and Twitter @gradamceoil. #Gradam


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