Pádraigín recipient of Outstanding Contribution Award at Gradam Ceoil TG4 2018

Pádraigín has been awarded Gradam Comaoin (Outstanding Contribution) for Gradam Ceoil TG4 2018. The awards concert will take place at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on Sunday 4 February and will also be broadcast on TG4.

Other awards recipients include Frankie Gavin (Gradam Ceoil), Clare Friel (Ceoltóir Óg), Patsy Hanly (Gradam Saoil), Máire Ní Chéilleachair (Amhránaí na Bliana), Maura O’Keeffe – (Comharcheol) and  The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band (Gradam Speisialta).

This multi-talented woman is a singer, researcher, poet and composer. She is an authority on the music and song traditions of the Oriel area of Ireland. Her many and wide ranging contributions include 9 recordings of traditional song, children’s song, lullabies and her own acclaimed compositions.
Gradam Ceoil TG4 2018

Speaking to Siobhán Long, Pádraigín said: “It’s always nice to get recognition. We’re all very human. An award like this coming at a certain point of your career is very nice because it means that your work is recognised as public work, not personal. And I’m very conscious of doing work for public benefit.

You can read Pádraigín and other recipients’ interviews at The Irish Times. You can also read the Gradam Ceoil TG4 citation and biography at TG4.ie.

Heaney and Songs of the Scribe: On Home Ground Festival

On Home Ground Festival
On Home Ground Festival

Pádraigín is to perform at On Home Ground, a festival that celebrates Seamus Heaney over four days in Magherafelt. Performing with Pádraigín will be Zoe Conway, John McIntyre, two of Ireland’s most gifted and versatile musicians, and Poets Leontia Flynn and Medbh McGuckian. Continue reading “Heaney and Songs of the Scribe: On Home Ground Festival”

Pádraigín sings on TG4’s flagship Geantraí programme

Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin on Geantraí TG4
Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin on Geantraí TG4

Pádraigín performed recently on TG4’s flagship traditional music programme, ‘Geantraí’ alongside Macdara Ó hUallacháin Graham (viola d’amore) and Dónal O’Connor (fiddle). She performed her own composition, ‘An tAmhrán Geal’, which is a re-working of and old Oriel prayer, ‘An Paidir Geal’. For a limited time, you can watch the episode on the TG4 Player, keep an eye out on Pádraigín’s video page over the coming days!

Pádraigín sings with Steve Vai in Vicar Street!

Pádraigín sang ‘Mullach an tSí’ with internationally lauded guitar legend Steve Vai in Dublin’s Vicar Street on 4 December. Vai recently recorded a cover of ‘Mullach a tSí’, inspired by Pádraigín’s composition and recording. You can watch the beautiful surprise performance below. The song cover appears on Vai’s acclaimed new album, ‘The Story of Light‘, the original song from Pádraigín’s ‘A Stór is a Stóirín‘.