Offaly man picks up 'singer of the year' award at 'Oscars of traditional music'

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Offaly man picks up 'singer of the year' award at 'Oscars of traditional music'

Offaly man picks up 'singer of the year' award at 'Oscars of traditional music'

Offaly born singer Thomas McCarthy has been presented with the ‘Singer of the Year’ award at this year’s Gradam Ceoil TG4 2019 later this month.

A world-class line-up of top trad talent took to the stage for Gradam Ceoil TG4 2019, where Birr born McCarthy received the ‘Singer of the Year’ award.

Known as ‘the Oscars of traditional music’, the live concert and awards show returned to Belfast for the second year at the Waterfront Hall on Sunday last, February 17.

Thomas McCarthy is a well-respected member of the Irish traveller community. His art is particularly illustrative of the power of storytelling through song, with a narrative style of presentation and a unique ability to connect with his audience. Thomas is an ambassador for traveller singing and traveller song and travels throughout Ireland and worldwide, connecting his music and tradition with an ever-wider audience.

The highly anticipated live awards show was hosted by TG4 presenter, Doireann Glackin and Belfast-based musician, Dónal O’Connor of well-known band, Ulaid. It also featured live performances from all the Gradam Ceoil 2019 recipients, who were recognised for their talent and contribution to traditional Irish music.

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

2019 Gradam recipients, who represent the crème de la crème of traditional music and song, were joined in live performances on stage by their own special musical guests, including Irish fiddler Paddy Glackin, Michael McCague and multi-instrumentalist Sinéad Egan, to name but a few.