The RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards are back and live from Vicar Street, Dublin and on RTÉ Radio 1 at 8.00pm on Tuesday 16th November.

After a virtual awards event last year, RTÉ presenters John Creedon and Ruth Smith will return to Dublin's Vicar Street to present the awards ceremony in front of a live audience as RTÉ celebrates the very best in Irish folk music over the past year - and pays tribute to Irish folk legends.

The awards will feature live performances from some of this year's nominees in what promises to be a very special night, celebrating Irish folk music and artists, both established as well as emerging.

This year's RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards nominees will be announced on Thursday 4th November.

The award categories include:

Best Folk Singer (2020 winner: Radie Peat)

Best Folk Instrumentalist (2020 winner: Steve Cooney)

Best Folk Group (2020 winner: Lankum)

Lifetime Achievement Award, Best Folk Album and Best Folk Instrumentalist
winner 2020 Steve Cooney

Best Folk Album (2020 winner: Ceol Ársa Cláirsí: Tunes of the Irish Harpers for Solo Guitar – Steve Cooney)

Best Original Folk Track (2020 winner: Baby Talk, Mick Flannery & Susan O'Neill)

Best Traditional Folk Track (2020 winner: Eleanor Plunkett, Steve Cooney)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award are Steve Cooney (2020), Moya Brennan (2019) and Andy Irvine (2018). An artist will also be inducted into the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards Hall of Fame. Both recipients will be announced soon.

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Watch: Lifetime Achievement Award winner Andy Irvine performs at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2018

Co-host and RTÉ presenter, John Creedon said: "As a music fan and concert-goer, I am delighted to see these great awards back in Vicar Street in front of a live audience of folk music fans. We've all really missed live music and events, not least the wonderful musicians and artists who will be joining us on the night to celebrate the very best in folk music in Ireland over the past year, and what a year it has been. I can't wait."

If you can't join us in Vicar Street on Tuesday 16th November, join us live on RTÉ Radio 1 at 8pm on the evening and don't forget our television highlights programme on RTÉ One on Saturday 20th November.

Tickets for the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards are on sale now via and are priced at €24 per ticket, including handling fee.