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Lillis Ó Laoire – Singer of the Year


Lillis Ó Laoire is one of the key exponents of Donegal sean-nós singing tradition from who comes from Gort a’Choirce Gaeltacht. He began to learn songs in school as a young boy but he didn’t begin singing publicly until later years when he was attending college. He continued to sing and awakened a love of singing which went from strength to strength. He began to partake in competitions and sing at various events and festivals and since then he has twice been winner of the premier sean-nós singing competition Corn Uí Riada – in 1991 and 1994, an outstanding achievement.  He is a lecturer in NUIG Galway and he has a number of publications to his merit on the subject of singing and on various singers, one on Joe Heaney as an example.

He is always true to his native Donegal and the style from his home place can be heard clearly in his singing. Lillis is posseses one of the finest singing voices amongst the sean-nós singers in the country that captivates the listener every time he sings. Not only has he a wealth of knowledgeable on the singing tradition of Donegal, but he is also very informed on the singing from various other regions in the country. He is a highly musical and talented man who is always more than willing to share his knowledge and his songs with the people.