The winners of the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards were announced in Vicar Street tonight and live on RTÉ Radio 1 in a celebration of the very best in folk music in Ireland from the past year.
Hosted by RTÉ presenters, John Creedon and Ruth Smith in front of a live audience and on RTÉ Radio 1, the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards had live performances from KÍLA, John Francis Flynn, Stephanie Makem, Allanah Thornburgh, John Spillane, Mick Flannery and Susan O’Neill, Christy Moore, and more.
Best Emerging Artist WINNER: John Francis Flynn
Presented by Tom Mulligan, The Cobblestone
Best Folk Instrumentalist WINNER: Caoimhin O’Fearghaill
Presented by Aoife Nic Cormaic, RTÉ
Best Original Folk Track WINNER: Chain Reaction – Mick Flannery and Susan O’Neill
Presented by Eddi Reader
Best Traditional Folk Track WINNER: I’m a Rover – Ye Vagabonds
Presented by Peter Woods, Head of RTÉ Radio 1
Best Folk Group WINNER: Ye Vagabonds
Presented by Cáit Riordan
Best Folk Singer WINNER: John Francis Flynn
Presented by Anne Enright
Best Folk Album WINNER: Solas an Lae – Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Ultan O’Brien
Presented by Maighréad Ní Dhomhnaill
Hall of Fame: Sarah Makem
Presented by Nuala O’Connor
Lifetime Achievement Award WINNER: Christy Moore
Presented by Damien Dempsey
A television highlights programme will also be broadcast on RTÉ One on Saturday 20th November.