Extra tickets have just been released for the sold-out 2019 RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards concert, taking place in Vicar Street on October 24th - if you hurry, you can grab one here. 

This year's RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards shortlist covers the entire Irish folk spectrum, with talents like Lisa O'Neill (nominated in four categories, including Best Folk Album and a pair of nominations for Best Original Folk Track), Junior Brother, Saint Sister and Ye Vagabonds nominated alongside veteran players like Dervish, Gerry O'Beirne, Cormac Begley and Martin Hayes. 

John Creedon and Ruth Smith will once again present the awards ceremony on October 24th, with many of those nominated performing on the night, which will also feature a special performance from UK folk legend Ralph McTell.

Additionally, it has been announced that Irish folk legend Moya Brennan, the vocalist with Clannad, will achieve this year's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Moya Brennan

Celebrating the second year of the dedicated Folk Awards to be held in Ireland, categories include Best Original Folk Track, Best Original Folk Track, Best Emerging Folk Act, Best Folk Instrumentalist, Best Traditional Folk Track, Best Folk Singer and Best Folk Group, with a new category added this year for Best Folk Album.

RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2019 - The Shortlist

Best Traditional Folk Track

Bacach Shíol Andaí -– Ye Vagabonds

The Factory Girl – Lisa O'Neill

The Foggy Dew – Ye Vagabonds

The Hills Of Gramemore/The Granemore Hare – Daoirí Farrell

Póirste Béil – Inni-K

Best Original Folk Track

All Down the Day – Gerry O’Beirne

Áthas – The Gloaming

Blackbird – Lisa O’Neill

Down in the Glen – Karan Casey

The River Holds Its Breath – Colm Mac Con Iomaire

Rock The Machine - Lisa O'Neill

Best Emerging Folk Act

Anna Mieke



Junior Brother

Saint Sister

Best Folk Instrumentalist

Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh

Colm Mac Con Iomaire

Cormac Begley

Martin Hayes

Zoe Conway

Best Folk Singer

Daoiri Farrell

Iarla Ó’Lionáird

Lisa O’Neill

Radie Peat

Ríoghnach Connolly

Best Folk Album

A Lifetime of Happiness – Daoirí Farrell

Heard a Long Gone Song – Lisa O’Neill

The Hare’s Lament – Ye Vagabonds

The River Holds its Breath – Colm Mac Con Iomaire

Pull the Right Rope – Junior Brother

The Gloaming 3 - The Gloaming

Best Folk Group



Saint Sister

The Gloaming

Ye Vagabonds