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Monday, December 2, 2013

Congratulations to the CT Lads on Their IMA Nominations

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.

IMA Nominees for 2013

Irish Music Award Nominees

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.

Irish Music Award Nominees for 2013

Top Solo Performer in Concert (US, IRE, EU, UK)
Keith HarkinChristy MooreFinbar FureyPaul Byrom
Top Solo Performer in a Pub Venue (US, IRE, EU, UK)
Keith HarkinBrendan LoughreyTony CummingsBrian Gaffney
Top Group (US, IRE, EU, UK)
RUNASolasAltanLunasa
Best New Irish Artist(s) (IRE, EU, US, UK)
Gothard SistersWe Banjo 3 Socks in the Frying PanThe Yanks
Top Celtic Rock Band (IRE, EU, US, UK)
The Fighting JamesonsManranRathkeltairBlaggards
Best Irish Tenor (individual)
Paddy HomanAnthony KearnsMatthew GilsenanEMMET CAHILL
Best Female Vocalist (individual/trad.)
MeavShannon Lambert-Ryanmuireann nic amhlaoibhMary Dillon
Top Traditional Group in a Pub, Festival, Concert
McPeakeBurning Bridget ClearyRUNAfather, son, and friends
Top Uilleann Piper (US, IRE, EU, UK)
Tommy MartinBarry KerrPaddy KeenanKieran O’Hare
Top Harpist (US, IRE, EU, UK)
Cormac De BarraMoya BrennanAryeh FrankfurterPatrick Ball
Top Fiddle/Violin (US, IRE, EU, UK)
Winifred HoranKevin BurkeGriff “Bear” OckerCora Smyth
Top Button Accordion (US, IRE, EU, UK)
Danny O’MahonyShane HayesJohn WilliamsDavid Munnelly
Lifetime Achievement Award
Brendan ShinePhil CoulterMaurice LennonPatrick Healy