Singing sensation, Mary Black, is set to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday, 17 November.
The much-loved musician, who will also perform live at this year's awards event, joins previous winners Christy Moore (2021), Steve Cooney (2020), Moya Brennan (2019) and Andy Irvine (2018).
The award will be presented on the night by writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker, Susan McKay.
Commenting on the Lifetime Achievement Award, Black said: "To be the recipient of this Lifetime Achievement Award is a great honour. It's hard to believe that its almost 40 years since my first solo album and I have so much to be grateful for since then.
"The gift of music and song first came from my parents who instilled in us a great love of music. I was fortunate to have an abundance of material written by exceptional songwriters who allowed me to share their stories.
"I was blessed also to have the outstanding musicians who worked with me to bring these songs alive and of course to have the audiences who loyally supported me down through the years. Míle buíochas - I am indeed honoured and grateful beyond words".
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Mary's back-catalogue of outstanding and best-selling albums, including Without the Fanfare (1985), By the Time it Gets Dark (1987), No Frontiers (1989), Babes in the Wood (1991), The Holy Ground (1993), Circus (1995), Shine (1997) and Speaking with the Angel (1999) represent such an important and influential body of work which have brought her acclaim and success all over the world, as a recording artist and a live performer.
Also on the night, founder and frontman of The Chieftains, Paddy Moloney, who passed away last year, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards will celebrate the very best in folk music in Ireland from the past year live in Vicar Street on Thursday, 17 November, and on RTÉ Radio 1.
Click here for the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards shortlist.