Christy Moore has won a lifetime achievement award at tonight’s RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards.
Hosted by presenters John Creedon and Ruth Smith in front of a live audience in Vicar Street, the awards celebrated the best in Irish folk music.
There were live performances from KILA, John Francis Flynn, Stephanie Makem, Allanah Thornburgh, John Spillane, Mick Flannery and Susan O’Neill, Christy Moore, and more.
Other winners tonight include John Francis Flynn who was named best folk singer and best emerging artist and Ye Vagabonds scooped best folk group and traditional folk track.
The award was presented by Tom Mulligan from The Cobblestone in Dublin.
Meanwhile, Sarah Makem was inducted into RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards Hall of Fame.
It comes as Newbridge native Christy Moore is to perform a whopping ten nights at Dublin’s Vicar Street in the coming weeks.
Moore will take to the stage on November 24th and 30th, December 6th, 8th, 14th and 16th, 2021 and January 3rd, 9th, 11th and 17th, 2022.
All ten shows will be fully seated events.
Christy Moore’s new studio album Flying into Mystery will be released worldwide on November 19th and will feature 12 songs.
The forthcoming record is described as “a collection that Christy has brought to life through his distinctive writing and unique interpretation of other artist’s songs.”
Christy has garnered a loyal fanbase both in Ireland and abroad during his decades of performing. The singer has released more than 25 solo albums including Paddy on the Road (1969) and his multi-platinum pair of live albums, On the Road and Magic Nights in 2017 and 2018.
Speaking about the new album ahead of its November release, Christy said, “Since 1969 I have been involved in recording but never with a total absence of live performance. Since March 2020 all my focus has been on this album.
“I’ve been privileged to receive some great songs which kept me well occupied.
“I produced with Jim Higgins and David Meade engineered the project. There are songs from Ricky Lynch, Paul Doran, Mick Hanly, Wally Page, Tom Tuohy, Gary Moore, Jim Page and Bob Dylan.
“These sit side by side with traditional songs and a couple of my own offerings.”
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