In 2011 Pádraic Keane was awarded Gradam Ceoil TG4 - Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana (Young Musician of the Year) - in recognition of his uilleann piping.
Matt Molloy presents the Gradam Ceoil to Pádraic.
TG4 wishes to celebrate and give due recognition to the recordings, broadcasts and live performances of the recipients of the awards and to all that embellishes Irish traditional music and song. Without the talent, dedication and enthusiasm of our young musicians, the future of Irish music would be bleak. Gradam Ceoil TG4 has recognized this from the beginning, presenting the Young Musician's award to instrumentalists from all parts of Ireland who are just a small example of the thousands of young men and women who are the future of Irish music.
Citation read by John Carty at TG4 Gradam Ceoil Press Reception in Galway City 1st February 2011:
The Young Musician of the Year - a very important award - and I'm delighted this year from my associations with his family that it goes to a young uilleann piper of exceptional talent, technique and sensitivity who has been immersed in traditional music and piping from an early age. He has absorbed the music of master pipers Willie Clancy, Séamus Ennis and Seán McKiernan while developing a personal, creative and exciting style. His music is subtle yet complex, adventurous but controlled, powerful yet sweet. In his very capable hands the proud tradition of piping is enriched and passed on for future generations. For his understanding, musicial integrity and mastery of his instrument, the worthy recipient of TG4's Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana 2011 is Pádraic Keane.
Photos taken at the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Press Reception on 1st February 2011 in Galway City Museum and afterwards at The Crane Bar.
TG4's Imeall programme of 3rd February 2011 featuring Gradam Ceoil winners in interviews and performances.
Nuacht TG4 1st February 2011 on Gradam Ceoil winners.
Gradam Ceoil TG4 - Concert
Wexford Opera House - 2nd April 2011
TG4's Imeall programme backstage at Gradam Ceoil Concert 2nd April 2011