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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.
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
Chris Stout & Catriona McKay
O’Hooley & Tidow
Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton
Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band
Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys
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
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
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
Josiah & Ludwig
For more information and updates visit the BBC Radio 2 Folkwards 2018 website