He recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Concert Hall, and now Paul Brady is planning a victory lap with a run of shows early next year.

The renowned folk musician, now in his 68th year and with a career that stretches back to 1965, will play Dublin's Vicar Street on February 18th.

He'll also play Belfast's Grand Opera House on February 20th and 21st.

Tickets for both dates are on sale this Monday, December 7th at 9am and cost €38.05 (Dublin - from usual outlets) and  £19.00/£27.50/£30.00 (Belfast - online at www.goh.co.uk or phone 028 9024 1919).