More than 100 of the world’s top traditional Irish musicians will flock into Cork this weekend for TG4 Gradam Ceoil’s 20th anniversary concert and awards ceremony in Cork Opera House on Sunday 19th February.
This year’s ‘Oscars of Trad Music’, as it is dubbed, has one of the greatest line-ups the event has ever seen, so it’s comes as no surprise that it has sold out.
However there’s still hope for those with a grá for trad, as the event will be broadcast live on TG4 from 9.30pm on Sunday.
The night is always a highlight for trad music lovers, but this year promises to be something extra special with members of The Castle Ceili band reuniting, including Sean Keane from the Chieftains, members of the world renowned Planxty – Donal Lunny, Paul Brady and Andy Irving- playing together for the first time in decades ahead of their upcoming 40th anniversary tour, and a performance by the world renowned Atlantic Arc Orchestra.
Performers are arriving from all over Ireland, London, Paris, Madrid, Edinburgh and New York for the 1.5hr performance, with other big names including Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Altan, Na Mooneys, Michael Rooney and the Macalla Orchestra and many more.
The event will also give a boost to the local economy over the weekend, as in addition to the 100+ performers, TG4 will have a technical crew of 60 plus arriving into Cork, and they are working with 4 hotels across the city to accommodate everyone. There will also be plenty of impromptu trad sessions in pubs across the city over the few days.
Hosted by Tristan Rosenstock and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, the broadcast will bring legends of trad into thousands of homes across the country. Be sure to tune in, or miss out.
For more information see www.gradam.ie or Facebook and Twitter @gradamceoil. #Gradam