RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards Shortlist – Folk Radio UK | Episode Movies

Celebrating the best of Irish folk music over the past year, the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards event will take place on Thursday 17 November on Dublin’s world famous Vicar Street and will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1. Tickets for the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards are on sale now via www.ticketmaster.ie.

Lifetime Achievement Award – Mary Black

The winner of this year’s RTÉ Radio 1 Lifetime Achievement Award 2022 goes to Mary Blackwho will also perform at this year’s RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards on November 17th Vicar Street in Dublin. Previous recipients are Christy Moore (2021), Steve Cooney (2020), Moya Brennan (2019) and Andy Irvine (2018). An artist is also inducted into the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards Hall of Fame.

Commenting on the Lifetime Achievement Award, Black said, “It is a great honor to be the recipient of this Lifetime Achievement Award. It’s hard to believe that almost 40 years have passed since my first solo album and I owe so much since then.

“The gift of music and singing originally came from my parents, who instilled in us a great love of music. I have been fortunate to have a wealth of material written by exceptional songwriters who have allowed me to share their stories.

“I have also been blessed to have the outstanding musicians who worked with me to bring these songs to life and of course the audience who have loyally supported me over the years. Míle buíochas – I am indeed honored and grateful beyond words.”

RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards Shortlist

It’s been another great year for Ireland’s folk music scene and this year’s RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards shortlist underscores how refreshingly innovative these music offerings have been. The individual approach of people like Younger brother resulted in an album that sounds like no other, challenging and full of authenticity.

In the field of tradition, too, we have seen some notable reinterpretations. Inni-K delivered a vital and unique reinterpretation of sean-nós on inionan album of “tremendous understatement, power and beauty”.

Cormac Begley‘s second solo album, “B”, continued that dynamic and expressive style of playing that has an irresistible appeal set out to explore the sonic possibilities of the bass and baritone concertina series.

Among the numbers were some doers and shakers. Klara Sand has proven to be a masterpiece, particularly with their EP Tírdhreacha Agus Fuaimdhreacha (Landscapes & Soundscapes) with which they embarked on a common path Susan O’Neill, Steve Cooney and Tommy Sands, Bridin and Liam O Maonlai. This was followed by her most recent self-titled album – a celebration of resilience, love and hope.

Lots of new talent has arrived including musicians from Wicklow Anna Mike. Despite making her debut in 2020, her profile has risen this year and will no doubt continue to rise with the release of her second album, Theater, on November 25th, which will be followed by her single Twins left a lasting impression and has racked up over 415,000 streams on Spotify since its release.

While I have no intention of going through every nomination, they all deserve to be on this list, no surprise there you vagabonds have performed again after their triple award in 2019 in the categories “Best Traditional Folk Track”, “Best Folk Group” and “Best Folk Album for”. The Hare’s Lament.

In May, they released their eagerly awaited sequel nine wavesa Featured Album of the Month on Folk Radio, reviewed by David Weir, who concluded: “Proving themselves once again to be at the forefront of an ever-evolving, thriving Irish folk scene, Ye Vagabonds have done so in the most understated and inspired Done wisely fashion imaginable.” You can also read one Follow-up interview with them here.

Here is the shortlist for the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2022:


  • Déanamh Gaineamh / Making Sand – Pádraig Jack
  • Footnotes on Map – Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler
  • Now you see it – Susan O’Neill
  • Speir Rua—Síomha
  • To War—Cormac Begley
  • Gemini – Anna Mieke


  • A Caoineadh—Ceara Conway
  • Éamonn to Chnoic—Inni-K
  • Róisín Dubh – Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh & the Irish Chamber Orchestra
  • Rolling in the Barrel / O’Neill’s March / Tralee Prison – Cormac Begley
  • The Bird in the Bush – Pauline Scanlon
  • The Bonnie Bouquet – Séamus McGuire & Steve Cooney
  • Úrchnoc Chéin Mhic Cainte – Cathal Ó Curráin


  • Anna Mike
  • Cathal O Currain
  • Klara Sand
  • Younger brother
  • Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh
  • Pauline Scanlon


  • Aidan Connolly
  • Aisling Lyon
  • Alannah Dornburgh
  • Brid Harper
  • Cormac Begley


  • well
  • Teada
  • the alto
  • the ollam
  • The Lingering
  • We banjo 3


  • B—Cormac Begley
  • Iníon – Inni-K
  • Nine waves – you vagabonds
  • Róisín reinvented – Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh & the Irish Chamber Orchestra
  • The Great Irish Famine – Junior Brother


  • Aisling Lyon
  • Alannah Dornburgh
  • Cathal O Currain
  • Ciara O’Neill
  • Les Sal Amandas

The awards will feature live performances by some of this year’s nominees, which promises to be a very special night celebrating Irish folk music and artists, both established and emerging. RTÉ presenter John Creedon will return to Dublin’s Vicar Street to present the awards ceremony to a live audience.

Tickets for the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards are available now via www.ticketmaster.ie. Tickets cost €28 including booking fee and other fees.

Keep up to date with the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards by following RTÉ and RTÉ Radio 1 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with #rtefolkawards and keeping RTÉ Radio 1 updated.

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