Show-stopping line-up announced for Gradam Ceoil 2019

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above: Conor Connolly, Young Musician of the Year; Anne McAuliffe, Lifetime Achievement Award; Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Musical Collaboration/Composition Award; Thomas McCarthy, Singer of the Year; Catherine McEvoy, Musician of the Year; Nicky McAuliffe, Lifetime Achievement Award; and Brendan Mulkere, Outstanding Contribution Award.

A world-class line-up of top trad talent has been announced for Gradam Ceoil TG4 2019.

Known as ‘the Oscars of traditional music’, the live concert and awards show, which returns to Belfast for the second year, will take place at the Waterfront Hall on Sunday, February 17, promising a night of foot-stomping entertainment right in the heart of Belfast.

Legendary traditional Irish band Four Men & A Dog, who formed in Belfast in the Nineties and rose to popularity across the globe with their eclectic and vivacious blend of trad, fused with a wide spectrum of other genres including, rap, rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, polka, country swing, and even salsa, will headline the bill.

All-Ireland ceili band champions The Thatch Ceili Band, pivotal members of the Irish diaspora in London, will also perform on the night.

The highly anticipated live awards show, which will be hosted by TG4 presenter Doireann Glackin and Belfast-based musician Donal O’Connor of well-known band Ulaid, will also feature live performances from the six Gradam Ceoil 2019 recipients, who will be recognised for their talent and contribution to traditional Irish music.

TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2019 recipients include: Musician of the Year, Catherine McEvoy; Young Musician of the Year, Conor Connolly; Lifetime Achievement, Nicky & Anne McAuliffe; Singer of the Year, Thomas McCarthy; Outstanding Contribution, Brendan Mulkere; Musical Collaboration, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill.

The 2019 Gradam recipients will be joined in live performances on stage by their own special musical guests, including Irish fiddler Paddy Glackin, Michael McCague and multi-instrumentalist Sinead Egan

Tickets for TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards 2019, priced from £22.50, are available from www.waterfront.co.uk or +44(0) 2890 334455.

A dedicated Gradam Fringe Festival will also set the tone for the evening, with a host of free music events and workshops taking place throughout Belfast in the days building up to the main event.

Running between Friday and Sunday, February 15-17, this year’s Gradam Fringe Programme promises a packed line-up of free music events, workshops and talks.

n Full details of the Gradam Fringe programme can be found at www.tg4.ie/en/programmes/gradam-ceoil/the-concert/.

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