Neon Wolf, Hidden Highways, Wayne Brennan and Carmen Browne were awarded the 2012 RAAP/RTÉ Radio Breakthrough Bursary last night.

Kilkenny band Neon Wolf triumphed in the Pop/Rock/Dance Category

Hidden Highways (Tim V. Smyth from Clare and Carol Anne McGowan from Donegal) won in the Country/Roots Category

Offaly singer songwriter Wayne Brennan (left) took the prize in the Traditional Irish/Folk Category

American jazz singer-songwriter, Carmen Browne won the Classical Solo/Jazz Category

The winners were announced during a live concert featuring all twelve finalists on Radio 1 last night. The concert is now available to stream online via the RTÉ Radio Player and you can listen back here:

The winning acts will each receive £5000 in prize money and airplay during RTÉ Big Music Week this October. Nine runner-up prizes of €500 were also awarded.

The competition, which was launched in Dublin in June by official supporters Christy Moore and Ryan Sheridan, is divided into four categories encompassing different genres giving a broad spectrum of musicians a chance of winning.

The hundreds of entries were judged by a panel which included Mary Black, Fiachna Ó Braonáin Hothouse Flowers, Ciarán Tourish of Altan, Gerry O’Connor, Eamonn Lenihan, and Niall Carroll.

The competition, which was launched in Dublin in June by official supporters Christy Moore and Ryan Sheridan, is divided into four categories encompassing different genres giving a broad spectrum of musicians a chance of winning.

The hundreds of entries were judged by a panel which included Mary Black, Fiachna Ó Braonáin Hothouse Flowers, Ciarán Tourish of Altan, Gerry O’Connor, Eamonn Lenihan, and Niall Carroll.