Ashling Murphy

Ashling Murphy RIP

The traditional arts community has been shocked by the horrific murder of Ashling Murphy, an emerging musical talent on fiddle, concertina and whistle, as well as a dedicated teacher and sportswoman.

After completing her day’s work with her young first class pupils in Durrow National School, the 23-year-old Offaly primary school teacher had gone for a run along a popular canal walkway in Tullamore when she was attacked.

Since an individual held for questioning in connection with the murder has now been eliminated from the Garda investigation, detectives have appealed to the public with any information of events on the walkway on Wednesday afternoon to come forward. A particular line of inquiry is focused on a mountain bike with distinctive green and yellow front forks.

Amid the national outpouring of grief and expressions of solidarity with Aisling’s family, colleagues and pupils, there has been a deep and heartfelt response from the traditional arts community in Offaly and right around the country and beyond

Ashling was a member of Ballyboy Comhaltas Branch and had participated in Fleadhanna Cheoil at County, Provincial and All Ireland competitions with great success. She comes from a very musical family, her father is a  well known banjo player and her sister, Amy, is a talented concertina and button accordion player.


Both Ashling and Amy taught music to many young students in Ballyboy. Ashling was selected to take part in the Comhaltas fourteen-day concert tour of Ireland in 2017 and the ten-day Echoes of Erin  tour of Britain in 2018, She had also been a member of the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland since 2017.
In a moving statement Ballyboy Comhaltas Branch said that it was”truly devastated by the tragic passing of our amazing friend and musician Ashling Murphy. Words cannot describe how heartbroken we are to lose such a special young lady, far too early in her life.”
“We are privileged,” the statement continued, “to have had Ashling as a fiddle and tin whistle tutor within our branch. She had a warm and caring approach with her pupils and she inspired them to be the best they could be. Ashling was also involved in organising and training our Grúpaí Ceoil and Céilí Bands. A highly accomplished performer, she enjoyed many successes in solo, duet, and trio competitions at county, provincial, and All Ireland Fleadhanna  Ceoil from under 12 to Senior level. She was selected for the Macalla na hÉireann Comhaltas Tour of Ireland and Britain in 2017 and was a member of the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra. Ashling’s talent, radiant smile and elegance was always evident both on and off the stage. We send our deepest sympathies to Ashling’s parents Ray and Kathleen, brother Cathal and sister Amy, extended family and friends.”
Similar sentiments were expressed by many other local organisations, including Tullamore Tradfest:
“The members of Tullamore TradFest and the wider community have been deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of Ashling Murphy. Ashling was an excellent musician and a beautiful person who provided happiness to many through her music and her outgoing personality. Ashling had been a great supporter of Tullamore TradFest and was enthusiastic, dedicated and the consummate professional in her support of living Irish culture. At this point our thoughts, prayers and support are offered to Ashling’s family, her colleagues and students in Durrow NS, and her extended circle of friends in Ballyboy Comhaltas. May her gentle soul rest in peace. Suaimhneas síoraí dá h-anam óg.”


The candleit vigil for Ashling at Kilclonfert in Co. Offaly
Musicians play tribute at the vigil for Ashling in Portrush, Co. Antrim
Traditional band JIgJam were among the many local musicians who took part in a vigil for Ashling in Tullamore on Friday. Similar vigils were being held in cities and towns throughout Ireland on Friday with more planned for Saturday and Sunday, January 15-16 – including major events in Dublin, Belfast and London and a special online livestream organised by the National Deaf Women of Ireland – with an array of traditional musicians appearing in solidarity with Ashling’s family and friends.
Exceptionially talented – Comhaltas
From its national headquarters in Monkstown, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann issued the following statement:
“All of us in Comhaltas and the world of Irish traditional music are shocked at the untimely death of Ashling Murphy. She was an exceptionally talented young lady who made an unforgettable impression on all who had the good fortune to know her. Ashling was among the finest exponents of the concertina and fiddle and was also learning the uilleann pipes. She has featured in our Comhaltas Concert Tours and was also a valued member of the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland. We know that she and her family are at the heart of her local community. She was a much-loved school teacher and had so much to offer in so many ways.
“The brutal manner of her death – in the middle of the day – as she jogged by the banks of the peaceful canal in Tullamore has left us numbed and bewildered. The suffering of her family at the loss of such a young and beautiful person is beyond understanding. We share their grief with them and we will always remember Ashling as one who enriched our lives with her warm personality; uplifting musicmaking; compassionate, outgoing and generous friendship

Ashling, you will always be in our thoughts and prayers as we cherish the memories and friendship of your short but exceptional life. Ar dheis Dé go raibh do anam uasal ceolmhar. From all your musical colleagues and friends in Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.”

The Irish Traditional Music Archive has expressed its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of “the gifted young musician and teacher Ashling Murphy whose life was so cruelly taken from her in Tullamore on Wednesday. Suaimhneas síoraí dá hanam uasal.”

Na Píobairí Uilleann extended its sympathies to Ashling’s family and friends noting that the talented musician was a member of Na Píobairí Uilleann and “a keen student of the uilleann pipes.” “Her passing leaves us shocked, saddened and heartbroken for all of those who were fortunate enough to have met her,” the NPU added.

She was going for a run
Similar messages  were forthcoming from Comhaltas Branches around Ireland as well as in Britain. Dublin Comhaltas described Ashling as “a bright young woman and a gifted musician with her whole life ahead of her,” while the Irish Australian Support Association of Queensland made a lengthy statement on gender violence accompanied by the meme: “SHE WAS GOING FOR A RUN. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam. May she rest in peace.”

FairPlé, the advocacy group challenging gender discrimination within traditional and folk music in Ireland, expressed its “deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ashling Murphy” – offering “love and strength to those feeling loss and pain today.”

Describing Ashling as “a bright soul and an exceptional talent, guilty only of going for a run,” Mise Fosta, the campaign to highlight the abuse of women in traditional music, said that “the tradition has lost another woman whose gifts will cease to flourish and brighten the lives of those around her. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ashling’s family, friends and musical circle,” – adding: “Mise Fosta stand with every woman going about their day today with an ill feeling in their stomach and Ashling Murphy on their mind.”

Expressing her condolences to Ashling’s family and friends, musician and senator, Frances Black said: “there are no words to express the shock and sadness of the horrific murder of the beautiful and talented Ashling Murphy,” while Templebar Tradfest recalled that Ashling had performed with the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland at the last live edition of the festival in January 2020. Among the many other musicians to express their condolences publicly were Sharon Shannon,  Kevin Crawford, Ger O’Donnell, Mirella Murray, Josephine Marsh, Deirbhile Ní Brolchaáin and Elle Marie O’Dwyer.


President Higgins in tribute to Ashling Murphy

“People throughout Ireland, in every generation, have been expressing their shock, grief, anger and upset at the horrific murder of Ashling Murphy,” said President Michael D. Higgins.

“This morning I spoke to Ashling’s family to convey, as President on behalf of the people of Ireland, and on behalf of Sabina and myself as parents, my profound sympathy and sorrow and sense of loss that her tragic death has meant to so many, but what in particular it must mean to her mother Kathleen, father Raymond, sister Amy and brother Cathal.

“I sought to convey a sense of how so many parents, families, indeed all of the people of Ireland are thinking of the Murphy family at this very sad time. The loss of Ashling is a loss to all of us, but to her family it is beyond description.

“The outpouring of grief at the death of Ashling shows how we have all been very touched, and it is so exemplary for young and old, to read of all Ashling’s accomplishments during her short but brilliant and generous life.

“Those who knew, studied with her, or as we have heard, loved her as a young gifted teacher, all have borne witness to a life of generous commitment to her local community and to her creativity.

 As a young, talented and enthusiastic teacher she had already made such a positive impact on her young students and colleagues at school.  To hear them speak of her is such a testament to the joy of sharing, be it in teaching, music or sport, that she conveyed in a way which must have brought much joy to all. She represented the best of her generation, in a life they will recall as inspirational.

It is of crucial importance that we take this opportunity, as so many people have already done in the short time since Ashling’s death, to reflect on what needs to be done to eliminate violence against women in all its aspects from our society, and how that work can neither be postponed nor begin too early. 

“May I suggest to all our people to reflect on all of our actions and attitudes – and indeed those we may have been leaving unchallenged amongst those whom we know – and do all we can to ensure that the society we live in is one where all of our citizens are free to live their lives, participate fully, in an atmosphere that is unencumbered by risks for their safety.  Let us respond to this moment of Ashling’s death by committing to the creation of a kinder, more compassionate and empathetic society for all, one that will seek to eliminate all threats of violence against any of our citizens, and commit in particular to bringing an end, at home and abroad, to violence against women in any of
its forms.  

“Suaimhneas síoraí dá hanam uasal dílis, Ashling.”


Star-studded line-up for Féile na Tána online

Above: Sean nós dancer, Edwina Guckian, who will be one of the tutors at Féile na Tána in February

Féile na Tána, the annual traditional music weekend in Carlingford, has returned to an online format for the second year in a row as a result of the ongoing difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Despite this – or perhaps in some cases because of this, the event has managed to secure an illustrious panel of tutors – all ranked among the leading exponents in their respective disciplines – to lead the online workshops which will take place on February 5 and 6.

Confirmed are:

Fiddle advanced   Bríd Harper
Fiddle intermediate   Zoë Conway
Whistle advanced   Mary Bergin
Whistle intermediate   Des Cafferkey
Uilleann Pipes   Mick O Brien
Harp   Cormac De Barra
Flute   Kevin Crawford
Accordian [C#/D Box]   Máirtín Ó Connor
Concertina   Caitlín Nic Gabhann
Singing   Julie Fowlis
Banjo   Gerry ‘Banjo’ O’Connor
Bodhrán    Jim Higgins
Guitar    John Mc Intyre
Bouzouki    Éamon Doorley
Sean nós dancing   Edwina Guckian

Zoe Conway
Máirtín O'Connor
Mary Bergin
Julie Fowlis

Each tutor has prepared a video workshop specially for Féile na Tána with a mix of chat about technique, ornamentation, and some tunes. The workshops are 30-45 minutes long and have been pre-recorded and edited. For a €20 fee, students will have access to the video for one month, and can start and stop the video at the touch of a button. Students can also use the slower speed button in YouTube to assist learning if required.

And if you were thinking that the tutors would make a great line-up for a concert,  Féile Director Zoë Conway has already had the same thought. So on Saturday February 5 at 7pm, a specially curated and pre-recorded video featuring all of the tutors.will be streamed online on the Féile na Tána Facebook page and YouTube channel.

On Sunday February 6 a special festival concert featuring pre-recorded footage of outstanding young musicians from the local area and further afield will be streamed  at 4pm on the Féile na Tána Facebook page and YouTube channel.
at 4pm which will be shared live online on the Féile na Tána Facebook and YouTube channel.

More information – including booking forms – is available at


Future of Cobblestone remains in doubt

The future of a key hub for traditional music in Dublin – the Cobblestone pub in Smithfield – will remain in doubt into April 2022 at the earliest.

As expected, the developers, Marron Estates, have lodged an appeal against Dublin City Council’s recent decision to refuse planning permission for its scheme to build a 114-bedroom, nine-storey hotel around and over the protected structure of the King Street pub. The council’s refusal followed an extensive ‘Save The Cobblestone’ campaign which resulted in over 700 objections being lodged against the scheme. 

In refusing planning permission for the plan, Dublin City Council stated that the proposed development “would be overbearing and significantly out of scale and character with the prevailing architectural context, and would represent substantial over-development of this highly sensitive site.”

The Council added that the proposed scheme would also be contrary to the City’s development plan’s provisions on culture since it would also involve the loss of the existing backroom area to the rear of Cobblestone public house, which has been established as a space for teaching and performing traditional music.

Among the 700 plus objections was one from the Arts Council whose Director, Maureen Kennelly, warned the planning authority that “the medium term closure during construction – and likely reduction in the physical and social footprint of the Cobblestone pub and live music venue on completion – would be a significant cultural loss to the Smithfield area and the city of Dublin.”

In light of the appeal to An Bord Pleanála, the parties involved in the process will havc opportunities to make further submissions before a final decision is made – most likely in April 2022.

The O'Connor Family at the Cobbestone: (from left) Féilimí, Gerry and Finnian (Photo: Fonn)
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Caitlín is new Artist-in-Residence

Caitlín Nic Gabháinn
Caitlín and Ciarán (Ó Maonaigh)
The High Seas

Musician, composer and dancer, Caitlín Nic Gabhann, has been named as the Traditional Artist in Residence at University College Cork for 2022. In her new role Caitlín will deliver a series of concerts, workshops, and classes over the course of her one -year residency.

A concertina player, teacher, composer and percussive dancer, Caitlín Nic Gabhann is a three-time All-Ireland concertina champion and has also toured as a dancer with Riverdance. Raised in a house full of music in Baltrasna, Co.Meath, Caitlín learned most of her music, style and rhythm from her father, Antóin Mac Gabhann, while her mother Bernie is immersed in the Clare set-dancing tradition. As a musician and dancer, Caitlín performs with The High Seas, Caitlín & Ciarán, Cruinniú, NicGaviskey, Birkin Tree and The Irish Concertina Ensemble.

Caitlín’s compositions have been performed in the Cork Opera House and The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Perhaps the best known are the waltz, Sunday’s Well, and the reel, The Leeside Sessions, both composed during her previous music studies in UCC. The tunes featured on her debut album, Caitlín, acclaimed as ‘CD of the Year’ by and as the ‘top Irish traditional album of 2012’ by The Wall Street Journal.

As a solo dancer she was the main performer in the Celtic Christmas Sojourn in Boston and ‘Ceiliúradh’ in the Royal Albert Hall, London. She has also performed with the RTÉ Vanburgh Quartet, Paddy Keenan and Liam Ó Maonlaí.

Married to fiddle player and documentary film-maker, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Caitlín is the mother of three-year-old twins, Rosie and Frankie. From their home in the Donegal Gaeltacht she runs, a complete online resource for concertina learning, which has hundreds of subscribers in 32 countries. She is also director of the Wild Atlantic Concertina Week – an annual celebration of music and local culture in Gaoth Dobhair – which attracts an international attendance.

Among the faculty members at the Department of Music at UCC are traditional performers: Niall Vallely, Mary Mitchell-Ingoldsby, Jack Talty, Máire Ní Chéileachair, Bobby Gardiner, Connie O’Connell, Margaret McCarthy, Colm Murphy and Conal Ó Gráda.

The Traditional Artist in Residence scheme is sponsored by the Arts Council, in association with the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (UCC) and the School of Film, Music and Theatre (UCC).

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Mná na bPíob: Hidden from History

Uilleann piper, Louise Mulcahy, brings her passionate research into the women who preceded her as players of the instrument, to the screen in a new documentary to be broadcast on TG4 on Sunday, December 19.

Although the conventional image of the uilleann piper for the last two centuries has been of a man, Louise Mulcahy has been on a mission to uncover the forgotten stories of the incredible female pipers who have been largely airbrushed from history. In the course of her research, Louise has met fellow musicians and academics to build a fuller picture of these women and the various social and cultural obstacles that have confronted them until relatively recently.

Along with some outstanding musical performances in tribute to the forgotten instrumentalists, the documentary also includes interviews with their descendants, with historians and researchers, the documentary also makes use of reconstructed scenes to convey a sense of the circumstances prevailing around the key characters in this remarkable stories.

Along with Louise, herself, the documentary also includes contributions from her sister, Michelle and father, Mick, as well as Máire Ní Ghráda, Síle Friel, Jane Walls, Mary Mitchell-Ingoldsby, Rosaleen O’Leary, Molly Ní Ghrada, Heather Clarke, Marion McCarthy, the Rowsome family, Paddy Moloney and many more.

Emer Mayock (Photo: NPU)

Temple Bar Tradfest announces programme of live events for 2022

Pictured above: Kate Rusby, one of the impressive array of artists appearing in Tradfest.

TradFest returns to Dublin for five days in January (26-30) with an impressive programme combining many rising stars with veterans of the traditional and folk music scene in Ireland and Britain. Gradam winners, Thomas McCarthy, Séamus Begley, Laoise Kelly and Frankie Gavin feature alongside veterans of British folk, Martin Carthy (with daughter Eliza), Kate Rusby, Peggy Seeger, Ralph McTell and Fairport Convention.

Long established Irish artists like Altan, Four Men and A Dog, The Dublin Legends, Seán Ó Sé, Kíla, Anúna, Karan Casey, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Stockton’s Wing will be joined on the festival bill by former All-Ireland champions, Oisín Mac Diarmada, Brenda Castles and BBC Folk Award winners, Dervish. and recent Scots Trad award winner, Tim Edey. Among the younger generation of Irish performers are siblings, Séamus and Caoimhe Uí Fhlatharta, Aoife Scott, Brídín and Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Ultan O’Brien. The schedule for the major concerts is outlined below.

In addition to the headline concerts, a number of free events are also on offer featuring performers like the Henry Girls, Paddy Casey, Phelim Drew, The Kilkennys and George Murphy.

Tradfest will also include a seminar entitled The Futures of Irish Music which aims to discuss how Irish music can centre equality, diversity and inclusion moving forward both as an artform and as an industry. The panellists for the seminar include Niamh Ní Charra and Jack Talty along with Ola Majekodunmi, Enda Gallery and Mamobo Ogoro.

In an effort to anticipate any ongoing concerns about the Covid-19 virus, Tradfest is partnering with Novaerus to equip all of the festival venues with air disinfection devices to eliminate any harmful airborne pollutants including Covid-19.

Tickets may be booked at

Niamh Ní Charra

Niamh Ní Charra

with Kevin Corbett

January 26  1.00pm

Collins Barracks

Remedy Club

The Remedy Club

January 26  6.30pm

Lost Lane


The Dublin Legends

Stockton's Wing & Raplh McTell

January 27  6.00pm

National Stadium



January 28  6.00pm

National Stadium


Boxing Banjo

January 28  6.30pm

Lost Lane

Martin Carthy Eliza Carthy

Martin & Eliza Carthy

January 29  3.00pm

Pepper Canister Church

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

January 29  6.30pm

St. Patrick's Cathedral


Seán Ó Sé & Cór Cúil Aodha

January 30  2.30pm

Pepper Canister Church


Tribute to Joe Burke

Frankie Gavin and friends

January 26  6.30pm

Pepper Canister Church

Peggy Seeger

Women of Note

with Aoife Scott & Peggy Seeger

January 26 6.30pm

St. Patrick's Cathedral

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January 27 6.30pm

St. Patrick's Cathedral

LaoiseKelly short

Laoise Kelly

January 28 6.00pm

Castle Hall


Tim Edey

January 29  1.00pm

Pepper Canister Church



Four Men & A Dog, Altan

January 29  5.00pm

National Stadium


The Lost Brothers

January 29  6.30pm

Pepper Canister Church

Karan Casey Band at RTE Folk Awards

Karan Casey & Band

January 30  6.30pm

Pepper Canister Church

Thomas mcCarthy

Thomas McCarthy

January 26  6.30pm

Castle Hall


Séamus & Caoimhe Uí Fhlatharta

January 27 1.00pm

Collins Barracks

Begley, Harvey & Mac Diarmada short

Séamus Begley & Oisín Mac Diarmada with Samantha Harvey

January 27  6.00pm

Castle Hall


Kate Rusby Band

January 28  6.30pm

St. Patrick's Cathedral


Brenda Castles

January 29  1.00pm

Collins Barracks

Caoimhin O Raghallaigh

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

January 29  6.30pm

Castle Hall

Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin (left) and Ultan O'Brien

Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin & Ultan O'Brien

January 30  1.00pm

Collins Barracks


2021 Gradams for Angelina, Niall and Steve

Gradam winners (from left): Sorcha Costello, Ray Morgan, Angelina Carberry, Seán Ó Sé and Niall Hanna – Gradam Ceoil TG4 2021 at Queens University, Belfast (Photo: Press Eye for TG4)

The annual Gradam Ceoil Awards – the “Oscars” of Irish traditional music – have been announced by TG4 in anticipation of the awards ceremony in the Whitla Hall in Queens University Belfast on Halloween night.

This year’s winners are headlined by Musician of the Year Angelina Carberry, Singer of the Year Niall Hanna, and Composer of the Year Steve Cooney. The Young Musician of the Year is Sorcha Costello, while at the other end of the career spectrum, Seán Ó Sé is to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The final award for Outstanding Contribution goes to the Glengormley School of Traditional Music.

Born in Manchester, Angelina Carberry has lived in Longford since the 1990s, returning to her musical roots. The extended Carberry family are acclaimed performers: Angelina’s father, Peter, plays the button accordion, his uncle Peter the uilleann pipes, his son Noel also the uilleann pipes and Peter’s grandsons, Diarmuid and Kevin, also play the uilleann pipes.

Angelina started playing traditional music on the tin whistle, but soon took up the banjo – the instrument of choice of her grandfather, Kevin, a well-known player at céilidh and house dances in Longford. Though banjo aficiandos detect echoes of her grandfather’s style, Angelina is very much a virtuoso in her own right.

She has recorded a number of albums – Memories from the Holla (1998 with Peter Carberry, John Blake, Laoise Kelly and Liz Kane), Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn (2004), An Traidisiún Beo (2005 with Peter Carberry, John Blake, Martin Quinn, Laoise Kelly and Martin Gavin), Pluckin’ Mad (2014, with Dan Brouder), A Waltz for Joy (2017, with Dan Brouder and others)

She was also a member of the acclaimed all-female band, the Bumblebees whose line-up has included last year’s Musician of the Year, Laoise Kelly on harp, Colette O’Leary on accordion, Liz Doherty on fiddle and Angelina on banjo and mandolin.

In many respects, Niall Hanna from Tyrone was born to sing. Growing up with the legacy of his grandfather, Geordie Hanna, and grand-aunt, Sarah Anne O’Neill, Niall has been immersed in music from a very early age and is widely known as an exponent of the Ulster traditional song repertoire and as a writer of songs. Secure in his own singing foundations, Niall has demonstrated the confidence and the musical curiosity to take on a range of innovative projects.

Steve Cooney will be recognised as Composer of the Year. Born in Melbourne Australia in 1953, he came to Ireland in 1980 and maintains his connections with the Aboriginal culture there, into which he was initiated. He has ancestral links with Tipperary, Cavan, and Galway. Steve Cooney is best known for his development of an influential style of guitar accompaniment to traditional Irish dance music which he developed in West Kerry and for which he won the National Entertainment Award with Séamus Begley in 1997.

From Tulla in east county Clare, fiddle player, Sorcha Costello will receive the title of Young Musician of the Year. Sorcha’s musical lineage is peerless; her mother Mary MacNamara is a renowned concertina player and her grandmother Ita’s musical pedigree reached back generations.


This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Cork native Seán Ó Sé who first rose to fame as a singer, singing and recording the most popular song An Poc Ar Buille, with Seán Ó Riada and Ceoltóirí Chúlainn back in the 1960s. Since then, his voice has been recognized as one of the great voices of this country and cannot be surpassed while singing.

The Glengormley School of Traditional Music is awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award for 2021. Over its twenty-year history, this thriving cultural hub has nurtured countless musicians, many of whom have gone on to work professionally. The summer courses in Donegal bond young people socially and musically and instil in them a deep passion for music-making.

The full list of TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2021 recipients reads as follows:

  • Ceoltóir na Bliana / Musician of the Year: Angelina Carberry
  • Ceoltóir Óg / Young Musician of the Year: Sorcha Costello
  • Cumadóir na Bliana / Composer of the Year: Steve Cooney
  • Gradam Saoil / Lifetime Achievement: Seán Ó Sé
  • Amhránaí na Bliana / Singer of the Year: Niall Hanna
  • Gradam Comaoine / Outstanding Contribution: Glengormley School of Traditional Music

Gradam Ceoil TG4 is the premier annual traditional music awards scheme and academy. 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 Whitla Hall in Queen’s University Belfast and will air on Halloween night at 9:30pm.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, tickets will not be on sale to the public for this concert.