by / January 7th, 2016 /

Launch of inaugural NÓS ‘Irish language’ Music Awards

Lovers of the Irish language will be delighted to hear that Dublin’s Sugar Club will host the first ever awards in honour of music ‘as Gaeilge’ this Friday, with a number of established Irish artists among the nominees. Organised by culture magazine, Gradaim Cheoil NÓS 2015  (The NÓS Music Awards 2015) are the first of their kind to recognise and celebrate the burgeoning Irish language music scene, and will be presented in 7 categories and shortlists including everything from rock and pop to ska, shoegaze, rap and trad. Among the acts nominated for this year’s awards are Lisa Hannigan (for her song ‘Amhrán na Farraige’), former X Factor star Janet Devlin (‘Suantraí Meisciúil’), world music stalwarts Kíla and Youtube pop sensation Seo Linn. In addition to the more widely-known bands, a host of smaller Irish language singer-songwriters and newly-formed groups are also in the mix.

NÓS editor Tomaí Ó Conghaile declared that he was highly encouraged by the growing Irish language music scene throughout the country, with new singers and bands “emerging every year”.  Citing Ed Sheeran’s recent recording of  Thinking Out Loud in Irish, 2FM’s inclusion of Irish language songs on their official playlist, and the launch of the first ever Irish language summer festival, Ravelóid, in June, as evidence that music in our native language was “on the up”, Mr  Ó Conghaile claimed that thought it was the right time to “recognise all the great music that’s being created in Irish now and to bring all the acts together for a big celebration in one of the best music venues in the country.”

Artists performing at the event include Connemara rock band Rís, Donegal singer-songwriter Eve Belle, Monaghan punk-trad group Dysania, and Dublin’s Irish language funk project IMLÉ. MC or ‘fear an tí’ on the night will be none other than RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí.

For further information on the event, and a full shortlist of this year’s nominees, visit

Doors open at the Sugar Club at 7.30pm with limited tickets still available.