After a memorable event in 2018, the second-ever RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards will make its return to Dublin's Vicar St this October 24th, celebrating Irish folk musicians and their significant contribution to Irish culture.

The awards will be once again presented by RTÉ Radio 1’s John Creedon and Ruth Smith; music fans can expect to see folk royalty in attendance on the night, along with a focus on emerging artists. Speaking at last year’s Folk Awards, Christy Moore said 'Standing here tonight, music is truly alive and well in this country’. 

Lisa O'Neill will perform on the night

Among those already in the mix for this year's live show are Dervish, Martin Hayes, Karan Casey, Lisa O’Neill, Ye Vagabonds, A Lazarous Soul, Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh and a few surprises, with a very special appearance from English folk legend Ralph McTell. The shortlisted artists will all be announced on September 19th, along with the receipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award - the 2019 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced on the night.

Returning hosts Ruth Smith and John Creedon 

"Last year was an amazing night with stellar performances," said Ann Marie Power, Head of Arts and Culture at RTÉ,"  and a real celebration of Ireland's vibrant folk music scene.  This year people can expect another exceptional evening that reflects the talent and artistry that is so rich in our country today.  And we're adding something new - this year, not only can you here the entire evening of performance live from RTÉ Radio 1 -  we'll also have a highlights show of the Folk Awards going out a few days later on RTÉ One TV."

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 13th at 9am via Ticketmaster, online from or from all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Doors open at 7pm, with awards due to start at 7.30pm. The RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards will also be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on the night from 8pm.