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RTE Folk Awards shortlist: John Francis Flynn, Susan O’Neill, Joshua Burnside and Laura Quirke, & Saint Sister among nominated

RTE Folk Awards shortlist: John Francis Flynn, Susan O’Neill, Joshua Burnside and Laura Quirke, & Saint Sister among nominated

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The RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards have announced the shortlist for the awards due to take place live at Vicar Street, Dublin and on RTÉ Radio 1 at 8pm on Tuesday 16th November.  

The awards will be presented by John Creedon and Ruth Smith, and celebrates the best in current Irish folk music while celebrating long-standing legends.

Among the nominees this year, are Saint Sister and John Francis Flynn for their respective albums, Joshua Burnside and Laura Quirke’s collaboration is nominated for best song, along with Susan O’Neill, Mick Flannery and Susan O’Neill, Jack O’Rourke and Adrian Crowley.

Lisa O’Neill and Colm Mac Con Iomaire, John Francis Flynn, Ye Vagabonds are nominated for Best Traditional Folk track, and Best Folk Group includes Villagers, Ye Vagabonds and more.


The shortlist is below.

Tickets for the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards with live performances from nominees are on sale now via Ticketmaster priced at €24 plus fees. A television highlights programme will also be broadcast on RTÉ One on Saturday 20th November. The show will be live on RTÉ Radio 1 at 8pm on Tuesday 16th November.


Best Original Folk Track

Almost – Susan O’Neill
Bread and Wine – Adrian Crowley
Chain Reaction – Mick Flannery and Susan O’Neill
Patsy Cline – Jack O’Rourke
Taking the Wheel – Joshua Burnside and Laura Quirke

Best Traditional Folk Track:

An Bhuatais – Lorcan MacMathúna
Cúirt Bhaile Nua – Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin & Ultan O’Brien
Easter Snow / Sally Gally– Ryan Molloy and Padraig McGovern
I’m a Rover – Ye Vagabonds
My Son Tim – John Francis Fynn
Peggy Gordon – Lisa O’Neill and Colm Mac Con Iomaire

Best Folk Singer:

John Francis Flynn
Emma Langford
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh
Susan O’Neill
Declan O’Rourke

Best Folk Instrumentalist:

Brian Finnegan
Martin Hayes
Ryan Molloy
Caoimhin O’Fearghaill
Alannah Thornburgh

Best Folk Group:

Greenshine
Moxie
The Whileaways
Villagers
Ye Vagabonds

Best Folk Album:

I Would Not Live Always – John Francis Flynn
They’re Calling Me Home – Rhiannon Giddens and Francesca Turrisi
In the Game – Mick Flannery and Susan
Solas an Lae – Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Ultan O’Brien
Where I Should End – Saint Sister


Previous winners

  • Best Folk Singer (2020 winner: Radie Peat)
  • Best Folk Instrumentalist (2020 winner: Steve Cooney)
  • Best Folk Group (2020 winner: Lankum)
  • Best Folk Album (2020 winner: Ceol Ársa Cláirsí: Tunes of the Irish Harpers for Solo Guitar – Steve Cooney)
  • Best Original Folk Track (2020 winner: Baby Talk, Mick Flannery & Susan O’Neill)
  • Best Traditional Folk Track (2020 winner: Eleanor Plunkett, Steve Cooney)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award are Steve Cooney (2020), Moya Brennan (2019) and Andy Irvine (2018).  An artist will also be inducted into the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards Hall of Fame.