TWO brothers from Palatine, Carlow were named the Best Folk Band in Ireland at the RTÉ Folk Awards last week
Ye Vagabonds, Brían and Diarmuid MacGloinn, won three awards at the annual event: Best Band, Best Album for The Hare’s Lament and Best Folk Track for The Foggy Dew.
The duo, along with their musical collaborator Alain MacFadden, have also just picked up an award from the BBC for The Foggy Dew track.
thought we might be lucky enough to win one but we won three!
“We were totally baffled! Flumoxed!” a delighted Diarmuid told reporters. “We really didn’t expect it. We thought that we might be lucky enough to win one for best track, but we won three, including best band.
“It was a little bit stressful because we’re not used to making speeches, but you have to be ready, too, just in case! It was a lovely occasion because you’re surrounded by people who support you and who you love being with. The folk community is amazingly supportive, everyone’s on the same plane here,” said Diarmuid.
Growing up in Palatine, there was always music in the house of thier youth. Their parents are retired, but their mother Grania was a teacher in Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, while Mike was a lecturer at IT Carlow.