Special awards are being presented on Friday 5 October in the Armagh City Hotel to four outstanding individuals each of whom have made a significant contribution in their own way to the promotion of Irish music. John Moulden, originally from Belfast, now living in Donegal, is one of the leading authorities in Irish traditional and folk song. He will make a short presentation on the enormous contribution of Sarah and Tommy Makem on taking the songs to the world.
Marty Mariman from County Clare who passed away last year was a truly outstanding musician, singer and step dancer and it is appropriate that members of his family are making the trip for the presentation. These are all accomplished dancers and no doubt will create a special energy with their sets.
Jim Gorman, originally from Newry, who also passed away some time ago, is being recognised for his passionate and devout contribution to keeping the song tradition alive.
Finally, Roisin White who lived and taught in Armagh for some time and who now resides in Co Clare, is being honoured. As well as being a song collector and folk song enthusiast, Roisin possesses a unique voice.
The Keepers night is always packed to capacity, a special event with music, song and dance of the highest order.