BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners Announced 

Brìghde Chaimbeul, winner of the Horizon award (Photo: Andy Catlin)

Seckou Keita, Brìghde Chaimbeul, Ríoghnach Connolly and Ye Vagabonds among winners.

The winners of the 20th BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards were announced last night at an event at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

The Trials of Cato won Best Album for Hide and Hair and Ye Vagabonds won Best Traditional Track for ‘The Foggy Dew’. Karine Polwart and Steven Polwart won Best Original Track for ‘I Burn But I Am Not Consumed’ from the album Laws of Motion.

Senegalese kora player and drummer Seckou Keita won Musician of the Year and Scottish piper Brìghde Chaimbeul won the Horizons Best Emerging Act award. Keita also won Best Duo with Welsh harper Catrin Finch.

Maddie Morris was presented with the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, which is an educational talent contest open to musicians from the UK aged 16 to 21.

Ríoghnach Connolly from Armagh won Folk Singer of the Year and Dervish and English folk and blues singer and guitarist Wizz Jones were given Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Leonard Cohen was inducted into Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame, joining artists such as Nick Drake, Sandy Denny, Woody Guthrie, Ewan MacColl and Cecil Sharp.

For the full list of winners and nominees, see below. The RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards take place next Thursday 24 October in Dublin.

 

Source: BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners Announced | The Journal of Music: News, Reviews & Opinion | Music Jobs & Opportunities

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