NÓS Irish Language Music Awards Return For 2nd Year

‘Gradaim Cheoil NÓS 2017’ to take place at The Sugar Club, Dublin, on Friday 20 January | Sponsored by IMRO

Following their successful launch last year, Gradaim Cheoil NÓS / The NÓS Music Awards are back again to celebrate Ireland’s burgeoning Irish language music scene.

The first and only awards for contemporary acts ‘as Gaeilge’, over 60 entries were received across 7 categories for this year’s awards which will be presented at an exciting event in Dublin’s Sugar Club on Friday 20 January.

Last year’s winners included world music legends Kíla, lively folk-pop band Seo Linn and Donegal’s majestic singer-songwriter Eve Belle, who picked up the best song prize for her wonderful ‘Solas’.

As well as the awards ceremony performers such as Aeons, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Spats Colombo, Dysania and JJ Ó Dochartaigh will take to the stage at this year’s event.

“There has been a notable growth in Irish language bands – from pop and rock acts to rappers and singer-songwriters – over the last number of years and NÓS wanted to recognise this welcome development,” said Tomaí Ó Conghaile, editor of culture magazine NÓS who organise the awards.

“In many ways contemporary music in Irish language is an underground scene but it’s growing every year. The NÓS awards aim to celebrate what Irish language bands and performers have achieved over the past 12 months and also hope to encourage other musicians to compose and perform in Ireland’s indigenous tongue.”

The full shortlist for Gradaim Cheoil NÓS 2017 can be viewed here: http://nos.ie/gradaim-nos-2017

The awards ceremony on Friday 20 January kicks off at 7pm and tickets (€18) are available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gradaim-nos-2017-tickets-28766505392

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