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August 1st, 2009

Ireland’s top traditional, folk and Celtic music industry stars will be recognised and awarded for their contribution to the industry at “Ireland’s Music Awards” which will take place in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, Co, Mayo this summer on the night of Saturday August 1st 2009. The event will take place as part of “The World Fleadh” international Irish & Celtic music festival, but is a stand alone event and is expected to draw massive crowds to Castlebar, Co. Mayo for the Gala Ceremony.

The event, which is the only national awards for Irish traditional, folk and Celtic music in Ireland, promises to be a star studded gathering featuring the top names in the music business. The event will be hosted in the 2,200 seat newly built Royal Theatre Castlebar, Co. Mayo, where traditional music lovers will gather to watch the top names in the business take to the stage to receive their accolades.

Producer of ‘Ireland’s Music Awards’, Eric Cunningham commented on the significance of the awards:

” ‘Ireland’s Music Awards’ will become an awards ceremony where the best performers, as voted by the general public, will be honoured year after year in each of the aforementioned classes and where both conventional and unorthodox styles have a platform. This exclusive event will comprise performances by the ‘who’s who’ within the Irish traditional, folk and Celtic music business while the recipients of each award will be announced on the night.”

The event will be recorded for broadcast and tickets go on sale on March 1st 2009. Nominees, details on voting and further information will be announced in the next issue of the Irish Music Magazine.

Awards are offered in the following categories:

Best Traditional Group
Best Folk Group
Best Celtic Group
Best Male Vocalist
Best Female Vocalist
Best Instrumentalist
Best Trad, Folk or Celtic Duo
Best Crossover Act
Best Newcomer (act or performer)
Best Overseas Act (UK & Mainland Europe)
Best Overseas Act (USA)
Best Contemporary Act (with Trad, Folk or Celtic influence)
Best Revival Act
Recording of the Year (DVD/CD/TV)
Best Composer (Traditional/Folk/Celtic)
Traditional, Folk or Celtic Music Event of the Year
Services to Industry Award
Hall of Fame Award

For further information please contact:
P: + 353 (0)94 9286133

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