Mike McGoldrick wins Mayo Association of Manchester Award

Michael McGoldrick was given the Mayo Association of Manchester Award at the 2019 Mayo Dinner on Saturday 2 March at Lancashire Cricket Club in Old Trafford. The event was one of the highlights of the opening weekend for this years 2 week Manchester Irish Festival.

John Commons from the Mayo Association of Manchester composed the citation for the award and it reads as follow:

Michael McGoldrick was born in Manchester, to Irish parents, in November 1971. His Mum was from Castlebar in our beloved County Mayo and his father was from DunmoreCounty Galway. Their talented son Michael became a truly renowned multi- instrumentalist playing Irish flute, uilleann pipes, low whistle, acoustic guitar, mandolin and bodhran.

From a young age Michael showed great musical talent. At aged only 14 his Dad bought him his first real flute, a staggering but
worthwhile investment at £750. As a younger child Mike had been taken every Wednesday by his Mum to The Tara O’ Carolan branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in nearby Chorlton. There he met up and performed alongside his close and also very talented friends Fiddle player Dezi Donnelly & Bodhran player John Jo Kelly and with whom he has won numerous All-Ireland Championships / FLEADHANNA.

Michael has proven himself, beyond all doubt, a true Mancunian and a world-wide Ambassador for our splendid West of Ireland
musical heritage.To add to his many All Ireland titles Michael McGoldrick was also awarded the BBC Young Tradition Award and the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award as the Instrumentalist of the Year.

Michael, whilst still at school, was a founder-member of legendary Manchester Celtic Rock group ‘Toss The Feathers’, a band that helped put this city on the Irish musical map and has invigorated the Irish musical scene in Manchester for over 30 years. As a professional musician Michael has played all over the world as a solo artist and as a member of several of the world’s premier Irish music groups which such as: Lúnasa, Capercaillie, Transatlantic Sessions, Fluke and most recently The Michael McGoldrick Band.

He has even toured around the world in a private jet with Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler. Despite fame and fortune, Michael has always stayed true to his roots being an integral part of Manchester’s ‘Young, Gifted & Green’ group and forming the now legendary ‘Carousel Sessions’ which stages sell out monthly concerts at the Chorlton Irish Club.

Although he has very heavy touring commitments, Mike McGoldrick still finds time to mentor and tutor the next generation of Manchester Irish music superstars and to continue to keep our city at the forefront of Irish music.