The Folk Event Of The Year

The Awards

The inaugural RTÉ Radio 1 folk awards will take place in Vicar Street in Dublin on 25th October 2018. The event will be hosted by presenters Ruth Smith and John Creedon and broadcast live on RTÉ Radio 1. In addition, RTÉ Radio 1 will produce five separate folk music documentaries, which will be broadcast in the run up to the awards night. RTÉ Radio 1 is proud to establish this event which will celebrate the huge range of folk music being played in Ireland today. On the night nine awards will be presented including a Best Emerging Folk Artist, Best Folk Album of the Year and a Hall of Fame Award. The RTE Radio 1 folk awards and documentary series recognise the unique place in which music is held in our culture and the talent of our artists and performers. We wish to cement our encouragement and commitment to nurturing the industry and to help ensure that our folk songs don't all belong in the past but continue to be written and performed in the future.

Award Design Commission
RTÉ Radio 1 are working with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) to commission a unique award that will be presented to each winner of the 8 awards categories and a slightly distinct version of the same that will be awarded to the musician being celebrated in the Lifetime achievement category
The closing date for submissions is: Tuesday, August 28th 2018
For more details and to view entry form click here >

Categories

  1. 1. Best Original Folk Track
    A new song or instrumental track which has been recorded during the eligibility period.
  2. 2. Best Traditional Folk Track
    A recording of a traditional track (song or instrumental) from the Irish folk tradition which was recorded during the eligibility period.
  3. 3. Hall Of Fame Award
    This award will be giving to a person no longer living who made a significant contribution to Irish folk Music during their lifetime.
  4. 4. Folk Singer Of The year
    An award for an Irish folk singer in recognition of a great recording or performance which took place during the eligibility period.
  5. 5. Best Emerging Folk Artist
    An award recognizing a new act (solo or group/vocal or instrumental) who made an impact on the Irish Folk scene within the eligibility period.
  6. 6. Best Folk Album
    The best folk album released during the awards year. (This excludes re-issues or compilations).
  7. 7. Folk Instrumentalist of the Year
    An award for a instrumental solo artist or a band member recognizing great musicianship either in a recording or a performance during the eligibility period.
  8. 8. Best Folk Group
    The Irish folk group which made the most impact during the eligibility period.
  9. 9. Lifetime Achievement Award
    This award will be given to a living artist who has made a significant contribution to Irish folk music over a period of many years.

Nominees

Nominees will be announced in September 2018.

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Voting

Voting in the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards will be done as follows:
'The Lifetime Achievement Award' and 'Hall of Fame Award' will be decided by a committee comprised of the Folk Awards Steering Group with two additional external members.

The 'Best Folk Album of the Year' award will be chosen by Radio 1 listeners through The John Creedon Show and Simply Folk with Ruth Smith.

The remaining six awards will be decided by two rounds of panel voting. The judging panel is comprised of 40 people and includes musicians, promoters, broadcasters, journalists, bloggers and venue owners. They come from all over the country, span all ages and have a deep interest in folk music.

Rules

The qualifying period for eligibility for the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards will run from 31st July 2017 to 31st July 2018. The judging process will take place between early August and early September and nominees will be announced in September 2018. Winners will be announced in Vicar Street on 25th of October.


The Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame Awards will be decided by a committee comprised of the Folk Awards Steering Group with two additional external members. The Best Folk Album of the Year award will be chosen by Radio 1 listeners through The John Creedon Show and Simply Folk with Ruth Smith.