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Sarah Ghriallais – Singer of the Year
Sarah Ghriallais is a sean-nós singer from Muiceanach idir Dhá Sháile in the Connemara Gaeltacht. She is an acclaimed singer, winning the Corn Uí Riada award at the Oireachtas for the first time in 1984. The same prize has also been awarded to her son Michael, her sisters Nóra and Nan, and her niece Celia Ní Fhátharta. Some of the most notable works in Ghriallais’ repertoire include Táilliúr a’ Mhagadh’, ‘Eileanóir na Rún’, ‘Póg Bhideog’ and ‘Amhrán Chamuis’. Ghriallais has recorded on the Cló Iar-Chonnacht label, and also featured on the Roger Doyle record Under the Green Time.
In 2017, she was appointed sean-nós singer-in-residence at NUI Galway’s Centre for Irish Studies where she hosted a series of sean-nós singing workshops. She recently released the album Idir Dhá Sháile 2: Amhráin ar an Sean Nós, which was recorded in 1987 and stored in the Gael Linn archives. It includes works such as ‘Sagart na Cúile Báine’, ‘Eilieanóir na Run’, ‘Póg Bhideog’ and ‘An Draighneán Donn’, as well as a number of tracks featuring accordion-player Johnny Óg Connolly with accompaniment on piano by John Blake.