It has been announced that Christy Moore will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2021 RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards in Vicar Street, Dublin on Tuesday 16th November.

One of Ireland's most cherished and successful artists, Moore's career as a performer across seven decades has seen him develop generations of devoted fans, not just in Ireland, but across the world.

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From his early days as a co-founder of two of Irelands most iconic bands, Planxty and Moving Hearts, through to his accomplished career as a solo artist over more than 40 years, Christy Moore and his music have had a profound and positive impact on Irish music and culture, and his words and music have stood the test of time.

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His reputation as an engaging and entertaining live performer ensure that a Christy Moore tour is a sell-out tour, right to this day.

Moore is also an artist who cares deeply for those less fortunate than himself and about injustice. Through so many of his songs, he has sought to give a voice to the voiceless and to put a spotlight on issues and causes he feels passionate about, at home and abroad, demonstrating the power of the artist and the song as a force for good.

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Equally and uniquely, he creates wonderful stories, full of insight and humour, which capture our journey as a nation and invite us to both celebrate our culture and laugh at ourselves.

After all these years, Christy shows no sign of letting up, as he continues to produce songs, with the same love and craft for the legions of devoted fans who celebrate his every note, and every word.

Christy performs in Clairemorris in 2015

Commenting on his Lifetime Achievement Award, Christy Moore said: "My life has been immersed in the pursuit of folk songs and ballads. Being part of our folk song community has been an important part of my life. To receive this award from my peers is a great honour, one that I will remember and cherish. We need songs, songs need singers, singers need listeners. We all need each other."

The RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards ceremony, hosted by John Creedon and Ruth Smith, takes place at Vicar Street on Tuesday 16th November, celebrating the very best in folk music in Ireland from the past year, and featuring live performances from Christy Moore and some of this year’s nominees. Tickets for the event are on sale now via www.ticketmaster.ie. If you can't be there on the night, join us live on RTÉ Radio 1 at 8pm on the evening, with a highlights programme on RTÉ One on Saturday 20th November.