Celtic Music Awards night at the Glen Innes Services Club next weekend

MUSICIANS: Rebecca Wright and Sally Harris, from Gone Molly, last year's Artist and Celtic Group of the Year. The group are contenders for Group of the Year second time running.

MUSICIANS: Rebecca Wright and Sally Harris, from Gone Molly, last year's Artist and Celtic Group of the Year. The group are contenders for Group of the Year second time running.

More than 120 Australian and international artists have been nominated in Glen Innes' own - and the world's only solely dedicated - Celtic Music Awards, now in their seventh year.

The results will be revealed at the official dinner at the Services Club on Saturday, May 4.

Winners' identities are kept under wraps till then, but event manager Julie Clement promises a classy night. with live musical entertainment, canapes, a two-course meal - and plenty of kilts.

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Gone Molly (last year's group and artist of the year) and Ella Roberts (last year's female artist of the year) will entertain the 270 people expected to attend. Both have been nominated for 2019 Group of the Year.

Glen Innes-born country singer and song writer Darren Coggan will emcee the awards night. He loves to come back and present awards for the club, Ms Clement said.

The Celtic Dance and Fashion championships, the Triquetra Award (for contribution to the Celtic Festival and Celtic culture), and the Australian Celtic roll of honour will also be presented on the night.

The awards are the brainchild of Pinknoize Audio's Garry Kiefer, now the event production manager and sound and lighting producer. The Celtic Music Awards started in 2013 with only three awards - and are now up to 10 categories. While the awards are not part of the festival, the events complement each other.

"The awards foster regional, national, and international recognition of Glen Innes, which in turn will ensure that the awards live on for many years," Ms Clement said.

Two years ago, they received the NSW Clubs and Community awards' Arts and Culture Category. This year, too, more overseas artists are competing than before. Austrians (CELTICA Pipes Rock!), Americans (Colin McLeod), Englishmen (Dicky Deegan), and Scots (Iona Fyfe) have all been nominated as International Artist of the Year.

Ms Fyfe, a folksinger from Aberdeenshire, will also appear at the Celtic Music Festival.

Other Festival performers are also in the running for awards. Ella Roberts, Brisbane duo Sadie and Jay, and Celtic rock band Murphy's Pigs are all contenders for song of the year, while Murphy's Pigs may get album of the year.

Tickets cost $45 per person, and are available from the Glen Innes Services Club; book by May 1.