Cork singer-songwriter Roy Buckley has been shortlisted for two Grammy Awards in the first round of voting.
The singer made the ballot with his single, The Old Man on Patrick’s Street which highlights the issue of homelessness in his hometown.
The song has been shortlisted for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year and will go on to further rounds of voting where the shortlist will be cut further.
Mr Buckley told The Echo that he was “delighted to have made the ballot”.
“Let’s hope I make it through the next shortlist. Right now I’ve made it to the first round but it’s up to the Grammy Voting Members now. They will cut the shortlist to another shorter list so I’m hoping to make it on that list too,” he said.
He said that although the voting process is not over and that there is a chance he may not go any further, that “it was still a thrill to get this far”.
“Being considered for such an award is a huge honour. I am absolutely thrilled. Huge thank you to Rian Music for putting my song forward. I am delighted that an Irish folk song has officially made it on the Grammy ballot, that makes me most proud,” he said.
Mr Buckley is also celebrating reaching the number one spot on the Irish charts with his latest release Dark Rosaleen.
The single which was released on Monday has reached number 1 in the iTunes Ireland Top 100 Songs after the recent success of The Old Man on Patrick’s Street.
He said that he is “blown away” with the support he has received to date and thanked everyone who has downloaded the new single.
“Thank you to everyone who has reached out about my new single. A massive thank you to everybody who has downloaded it so far,” he said.