LETTERKENNY’S An Grianán Theatre has been name Ulster Live Music Venue of The Year once again at the annual IMRO Awards.
The An Grianán has been nominated for the award every year since it began in 2008, reflecting the theatre’s long commitment to artistic excellence. The award was accepted, on the venue’s behalf, by Lorna McLaughlin of The Henry Girls.
Already this year An Grianán has hosted very successful music concerts by Altan, Eddi Reader, Maria McCormack, and had a fantastic musical celebration of Nollaig Na mBán with over 20 female artists. Over the years such Irish and international luminaries as Ray Davies, Lisa Hannigan, David Grey, Beth Orton, John Prine with Sturgill Simpson, Billy Bragg, Moya Brennan, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Gretschen Peters, Desmond Dekker, Glen Hansard with both The Swell Season and The Frames, and Josh Ritter have all wooed the crowd in the atmospheric venue.
Presenting the award, IMRO Chief Executive Victor Finn said, “We’re privileged in Ireland to have such a vibrant and eclectic live music scene, which is the backbone of the music industry as a whole. We feel it is vital to acknowledge the venues and festivals who support live music from a musician’s first performance right through to internationally known headline artists on main stages. It is these venues and festivals across the country that allow music creators to continue making music and bring it to new audiences.”