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Gradaim Ceoil TG4 awarded to Harry Bradley

Gradaim Ceoil TG4 awarded to Harry Bradley

Gradaim Cheoil TG4 was celebrated in Limerick University’s Concert Hall at the weekend with a special concert to be broadcast by TG4 on Easter Sunday.

These annual awards recognise specific achievements by musicians and organisations in the traditional music community.

Flute Player and renowned uilleann piper Harry Bradley accepted this year’s Gradam Ceoil. Harry Bradley hails from Belfast and his music was influenced by many great musicians such as Séamus Tansey, Dessie Wilkinson, John Carty and Séamus Ennis.

Harry is recognised as a master piper and flute player he has released three solo CDs and has featured on a number of albums with the groups Altan, The Blue Idol and The Poisoned Glen.

Among the other winners were accordion player Bryan O’Leary who was named Young Musician of the Year. Bryan is a grandson of the renowned box player Johnny O’Leary, who was awarded a life time achievement award in 2003. Bryan’s music is very much influenced by his native Sliabh Luachra region.

Chris Droney, an Irish concertina player from Bell Harbour in County Clare was this year’s recipient of TG4’s Gradam Saoil (Hall of Fame). Gradam Comharcheoil TG4 (Musical Collaboration) was presented for the first time this year, and the inaugural winner of this prize was ‘The Goodman Project’.

Limerick born Mick Moloney received Gradam Comaoine TG4 (Special Contribution) for his contribution to traditional music in the US.

The Conamara Sean-nós singer Nan Tom Taimín de Búrca was named Singer of the Year. Nan hails from the Iorras Aithneach area in Conamara, an area which is rich in song and music. She is a renowned singer and was awarded Corn Uí Riada, the most prestigious award in sean-nós singing at Oireachtas na Gaeilge in 1998.

All the night’s winners were awarded cash prizes as well as special plaques commissioned by John Coll.

The ceremony – hosted by musician and singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and broadcaster and television presenter Páidí Ó Lionáird – will air on TG4 on Easter Sunday, 20 April, at 9.30pm.

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