19 May

Announcing MÓRglór 2017 award winner, Geraldine Cotter

An inspiration and mentor to many Clare musicians, and an outstanding ambassador for the traditional arts in Clare, glór is delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s annual MÓRglór award is Geraldine Cotter.

From Ennis, County Clare, Dr. Geraldine Cotter is a well-known tin whistle and piano player, teacher and researcher. Currently lecturing in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, she also taught for over ten years at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. She taught music at secondary level for twenty-five years and teaches and performs regularly at summer schools internationally, including Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy; Masters of Tradition, Bantry House; Minnesota Irish Music Weekend; Festival Internazionale di Musica Irlandese, Bondeno, Italy; Return to Camden Town Festival, London; Blas Summer School and Gaelic Roots at Boston College. A committed teacher and educator, Geraldine spent time in the late 70’s collecting music and songs in North Co. Kerry for an archive that is kept in Muckross House in Killarney.

Geraldine comes from a family of musicians, including her brother Eamonn, well known flute player and manufacturer. Her mother Dympna, originally from Kilmihil, who taught piano in Ennis for over 60 years, was her first piano teacher. Her husband John Boyd and children Meadhbh, Cillian and OIsin are talented musicians. Geraldine has produced in excess of twenty albums as a recording artist, including her debut solo album Piano+. She is an accomplished piano accompanist and tin whistle soloist, and has performed with many extraordinary musicians over the years. She is a member of the Boruma Trio and Shaskeen.

Her publications include the recently published Transforming Tradition: Irish Traditional Music in Ennis, County Clare 1950-1980, Rogha- Geraldine Cotter’s Choice (2008), Seinn an Piano (1996), the first tutor ever published for piano players wishing to play traditional Irish Music, Geraldine’s Cotter’s Tin Whistle Tutor, which is based on original field research on Micho Russell’s tin whistle playing.

She features regularly on television and radio programmes and has contributed to the documentaries Céard an Cheoil, Canúintí, Geantrai and Gradam Cheoil TG4. 

On Saturday 14 October, the people of Clare will come together to acknowledge a depth of gratitude to Geraldine and her tireless efforts in promoting Irish Traditional Music with a concert in glór featuring some of the most renowned traditional musicians and singers in the country and the county. Event information and booking details can be found here.

Patricia Callaly, interim glór director, comments, ‘We are honoured that Geraldine Cotter has accepted the MÓRglór award for 2017, and with her family and friends, we will celebrate her extraordinary and lasting contribution to the Clare Cultural landscape with a line-up of the finest musicians in a concert that is a key annual event for glór and a highlight on the Co. Clare music calendar.’

MÓRglór is a glór acknowledgement of the wealth of professional & semi-professional artists, alongside the talented individuals, groups and communities within the county, all of whom provide a vital stimulus for the growth and development of this unique culture.

This prestigious annual award, named after Clare’s cultural ambassador and visionary, Muiris Ó Rocháin, is sponsored by glór and developed in partnership with Dr. Tim Collins who is an adviser to glór and coordinated the original concert in 2013.

County Clare is renowned and celebrated globally for its rich musical heritage. Music, song and dance all play a central role in the cultural life of the county. The traditional arts are an intrinsic part of County Clare’s identity, portraying a wonderfully rich and diverse image of the county both in Ireland and abroad.

For further information on MÓRglór, see