Congratulations to Tommy Peoples on being chosen as Cumadóir na Bliana, composer of the year 2013 by Gradam Ceoil TG4.


This award is long over due to Tommy considering the wealth of tunes he’s made that have seeped into the tradition unknowingly his. One of the first tunes I remember knowing of Tommy’s was ‘The Wishing Well’ which ended up the title track of the album recorded with Michelle O’Brien, a recording largely dedicated to Tommy and all the music we’ve got from him over the years.


It’s been an honour to have played with Tommy over the last couple of years, with thanks to Music Network for originally bringing us together. I’ve enjoyed the craic and scéals out of him, and most of all not knowing what will come next musically at a gig! He’s an inspirational player with the improvisational freedom of a jazz musician within traditonal Irish music.


More power to you Tommy!

Looking forward to supporting Tommy at the Gradam Ceoil in Limerick 30th March and it will be broadcast on TG4 Easter Sunday night 31st March.


Tommy was the recipient of the first ever Gradam Ceoil TG4 in 1998, he also has the rare distinction of being a member of Aosdána, a affiliation established by the Government to ‘honour those artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland and to encourage and assist members in devoting their energies fully to their art’.