The liveIreland Music Awards 2016 (2016 Livies)
2016 was a terrific year for Irish music. In general, the Livies Awards reflect a number of much younger acts this year. These artists are doing what has always been done in Irish music—changing it and keeping it at the same time. This year’s Livies winners reflect that perfectly. If ever there were a year where the old saying “Youth must be served” is evident, 2016 was the one. In any case, all seems well in a very healthy real Irish music scene. Let’s get to our annual Award winners. Lots of new names for you. Lots of established stars. What remains the same? The best music in the world!
Male Musician of the Year – John McSherry – Seven Suns
John McSherry is one of the founders of Lunasa and a wonderful uilleann piper and whistle player. Seven Suns is a tour de force of an album and John McSherry is a tour de force of a musician. He has won a Top TIR before, for his work with Michael McGoldrick. While there are plenty of guest stars on this cd, McSherry stands alone right now. Wow!