Renowned Tipperary singer Nora Butler is to be presented with an award by her peers at a special concert on October 26th as part of the South Roscommon Singers Festival which takes place in Knockcroghery.
The Roscommon People sponsored ‘Annie McNulty Award’ is presented each year to a traditional singer in recognition of his or her outstanding contribution to the development and promotion of traditional song at home and abroad.
This is the 11th year of the award and previous recipients include such well-known names as the late Robbie McMahon, Len Graham, Mick Moloney, Sean Garvey, Jimmy Crowley and John and Tim Lyons among others.
A native of Toomevara, but now living in Nenagh Nora Butler learned most of her songs from her late father Ned Butler. While in national school a travelling talent contest arrived in town and Nora won first prize.
In 1964 she took part in her first Fleadh Cheoil in Roscrea and won. Nora was crowned All-Ireland under-18 champion in 1966 in Boyle and in 1967 in Enniscorthy. Nora also holds three senior All-Ireland titles from 1969 to 1971 along with many county titles. Nora toured the US in 1973 along with the late Paddy O’Brien. Tours of Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada, Libya, England and Ireland followed. Nora has a natural ability to phrase and ornament her singing which gives her an enviable, individual quality - she has a voice which has thrilled audiences worldwide. For more see the South Roscommon Singers Festival: southroscommon.ie.