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BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Folk Awards 2018 - 4 Apr 2018, Belfast Waterfront

On Wednesday 4 April 2018, the cream of the folk, acoustic and roots music world unites for the Radio 2 Folk Awards, which are being held in Northern Ireland for the first time at the Belfast Waterfront.

The Folk Awards has been running for 19 years and exists to shine a spotlight on the genre.

Previous Folk Award recipients include The Chieftains, The Dubliners, Joan Baez, Yusuf Cat Stevens, Billy Bragg, Shirley Collins, Ry Cooder, Norma Waterson, Nic Jones, John Martyn and Rhiannon Giddens. The event has taken place in London, Glasgow, Salford and Cardiff.

This year, the Radio 2 Folk Awards will include performances from the likes of Paul Brady, Cara Dillon, Lankum, and Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band.

Presented by Radio 2´s Mark Radcliffe and Scottish musician and broadcaster Julie Fowlis, the event is also graced by a host of famous folk fans who hand out the awards. In previous years, those guests have included Sir David Attenborough, Martin Freeman, Sean Bean, Ruth Jones and many more.

The event will be simulcast live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Ulster, and available on the Radio 2 website. TV highlights will be shown at a later date on the BBC Four channel.

This year´s list of nominees is as follows:

FOLK SINGER OF THE YEAR
Cara Dillon
Julie Fowlis
Siobhan Miller
Karine Polwart

BEST DUO
Chris Stout & Catriona McKay
Edgelarks
O’Hooley & Tidow
Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton

BEST GROUP
Elephant Sessions
Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band
Lankum
Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

BEST ALBUM
Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band – Big Machine
Karine Polwart with Pippa Murphy – A Pocket of Wind Resistance
Lankum – Between the Earth and Sky
The Young’uns – Strangers

HORIZON AWARD
Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne
Georgia Lewis
Ímar
Ryan Young

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Martin Simpson
Mohsen Amini
Ross Ainslie
Tim Edey

BEST ORIGINAL TRACK
Be The Man - The Young’uns
Cân y cŵn - Gwyneth Glyn
The Granite Gaze – Lankum
The Great Saint Lawrence River - Declan O’Rourke

BEST TRADITIONAL TRACK
Banks of Newfoundland - Siobhan Miller
Lisa Lân - Alaw
Lowlands of Holland - Ye Vagabonds
The Life of a Man / Greensleeves - Chris Foster

BBC RADIO 2 YOUNG FOLK AWARD
Jack Warnock
Josiah & Ludwig
Mera Royle
The Drystones

 

For more information and updates visit the BBC Radio 2 Folkwards 2018 website

 

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