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Belfast flute maestro leads roll of honour for 2014 Traditional Music Awards
Flute player and piper Harry Bradley heads the list of recipients of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2014 (Traditional Music Awards) announced at a media reception in Dublin this evening. Born and reared in the northern capital, he is regarded as one of the finest and most passionate exponents of his chosen instrument (and a noted piper too). Currently based in Cork and attending university there, he has toured and recorded extensively and also devised and delivered on-line research and tuition modules for his chosen instruments.
This year’s Gradam recipients range over a wide spectrum of talents. They include a venerable North Clare concertina player; the doyen of Irish musicology in North America; one of Connemara’s most versatile sean-nós singers; a member of the latest generation in a Sliabh Luachra musical dynasty; and a trio of musicians whose musical collaboration has brought to life again a unique musical manuscript trove from Munster that had lain dormant for 130 years.
- Gradam Ceoil – Harry Bradley
- Ceoltóir Óg (Young Musician) – Bryan O’Leary
- Gradam Saoil (Hall of Fame) – Chris Droney
- Gradam Comharcheoil TG4 (Musical Collaboration) – The Goodman Project
- Amhránaí (Singer) – Nan Tom Taimín de Búrca
- Gradam Comaoine TG4 (Special Contribution) – Mick Moloney
An independent panel of adjudicators selects recipients of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil each year. Each is presented with a specially-commissioned piece by sculptor John Coll as well as a stipend. This year’s awards ceremony and Gradam Ceoil Concert will take place in the UL Concert Hall, Limerick on Saturday 12th April. At the concert, hosted by Páidí Ó Lionáird and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, the 2014 Gradam recipients will be joined on stage by their special musical guests. It will be recorded for broadcast on TG4 on Easter Sunday April 20th 9.30pm and promises a unique, star-studded line-up of musicians and award-presenters.
TG4 Deputy CEO Pádhraic Ó Ciardha says that the Gradam Ceoil is unique in honouring a wide array of major figures in Irish traditional music during their lifetime and away from the competition platform. “We are delighted to organise, sponsor and broadcast this well-deserved recognition for extraordinary and talented artists who bring beauty to our lives with their music and are a source of pride to us all,” he said.