RTE Folk Awards 2021

John Francis Flynn and Ye Vagabonds both win two awards at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards

Congratulations to John Francis Flynn and Ye Vagabonds who both won two awards at last night’s RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards. John Francis Flynn took home the awards for Best Folk Singer and Best Emerging Artist whilst Ye Vagabonds won Best Folk Group and Best Traditional Folk Track for their cover of “I’m A Rover”.

Both artists are signed to River Lea Records, a division of Rough Trade Records, which releases beautiful and strange traditional music from Britain, Ireland and beyond.

John Francis Flynn - I Would Not Live Always

John Francis Flynn – ‘I Would Not Live Always’

“Extraordinary debut… an incredibly moving listen.”
The Guardian ★★★★
“An extraordinary debut by any standard.”
Uncut ★★★★
“Formidably imposing… especially powerful.”
MOJO ★★★★
“A simply brilliant debut.”
The Irish Mail ★★★★
“A distinct and innovative debut.”
Songlines ★★★★
“Immediately evident that he is deserving of the acclaim.”
RnR ★★★★
“Otherworldly and poignant, often hauntingly gripping but always spine-tingling.”
Hot Press 9/10
“I Would Not Live Always is an extraordinary artistic contribution.”
Morning Star ★★★★★

Ye Vagabonds - The Hare's Lament

Ye Vagabonds – ‘The Hare’s Lament’

“A joy… Ancient and contemporary all at once”
Hot Press
“A labyrinthine treasure trove”
The Irish Times
“True heirs to Sweeney’s Men and Planxty.”
Folk Radio