Congratulations are in order for several of the super-talented folks associated with Celtic Thunder.
The Irish Music Award Nominees for 2013 were announced this weekend, and among those nominees are
Keith Harkin (Top Solo Performer in Concert AND Top Solo Performer in a Pub Venue),
Paul Byrom (Top Solo Performer in Concert),
Ryan Kelly & Neil Byrne (Top Duo in a Pub, Festival, Concert, AND Best New Irish CD for Acoustically Irish),
Emmet Cahill (Best Irish Tenor),
Barry Kerr (Top Uilleann Piper), and
Phil Coulter (Lifetime Achievement Award).
There are many talented people nominated for the IMA awards this year, besides the Celtic Thunder lads, and if you don't know who the rest of the artists are, this month would be a great time to familiarize yourself with some of the other excellent music and musicians being recognized through these nominations.
There are quite a few familiar names on the lists this year as nominees for the various categories of the Irish Music Association‘s annual Irish Music Awards. Here, from their website, are the nominees for each category. Only paid members of the IMA may vote, so if you wish to vote in these awards, you will need to be a ‘patron’ member, which costs $15 and lasts for a full year. Voting begins today, and ends January 12th. For more information see the IMA website.