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The nominations have been announced for the 3rd Annual RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards, with this year’s nominees representing the cream of the contemporary folk world – view the shortlist below.
The awards ceremony will take place on the 26th November in the RTÉ Radio studios, and will be broadcast live at 8 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, with returning co-presenters Ruth Smith & John Creedon presenting two hours of music, song and chat, featuring an array of distinguished guests from the folk world.
The recipients for the Hall of Fame award will be announced on the night, joining this year’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, guitarist Steve Cooney.
Best Folk Singer
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh
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Read more at: RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2020 nominations announced
The Cambridge Folk Festival at Home 2020 will be a celebration of all things Cambridge that you can enjoy from your garden or living room.
It’s the next best thing to the popular annual Folk Festival event, which was sadly cancelled because of the pandemic.
Taking place over the festival weekend, 30 July-2 August, it will feature exclusive video content from artists, talks and workshops, Cambridge-curated playlists, and plenty of ways to join in on social media.
BBC Folk Singer of the Year Bella Hardy will lead a virtual choir workshop on Saturday 11 July, teaching you to sing The Parting Glass in three-part harmony. You’ll then have the opportunity to make a video of yourself singing and be included in the Virtual Choir, which will debut over the Festival weekend! Find more details about how you can participate HERE.
A highlight of the weekend will be the Songlines Interview, featuring Songlines Magazine editor Jo Frost in conversation with Fatoumata Diawara, which will be available to watch on Facebook.
Further talks and workshops will include a talk about environmentalism from folk singer Sam Lee, a storytelling workshop with Alex Ultradish, a movement workshop created by The Sisters of Elva Hill choreographer Debbie Norris, yoga sessions for you to join, and more.
theartsdesk recommends the movies to see
There are films to meet every taste in theartsdesk’s guide to the best movies currently on release. In our considered opinion, any of the titles below is well worth your attention.
7500 ★★★★ Debut thriller will have you avoiding airports for good
A White, White Day ★★★★ Gripping Icelandic portrait of grief, love and vengeance
Days of the Bagnold Summer ★★★★ A wry suburban drama from debut director Simon Bird
Fanny Lye Deliver’d ★★★★ Blistering English civil war western starring Maxine Peake
Joan of Arc ★★★★ Part two of Bruno Dumont’s musical biopic ranges from scathing to compassionate
Krabi, 2562 ★★★★ Documentary and fiction combine in an unusual guided tour
On the Record ★★★★ #MeToo turns its lens to the music industry, gives the mic to women of colour
The Dead and the Others ★★★★ Dreamlike journey set in indigenous Brazilian community
The King of Staten Island ★★★★ Judd Apatow’s best work in a decade
The Vast of Night ★★★★★ Teenage sleuths track visitors from afar in an impeccable low-budget indie
This is art shorn of artifice, pop against populism, and it just so happens to be one of the defining statements of our times.
Richard Dawson’s new album is called 2020. Knowing what we do about the way Dawson’s unique songwriting brain works, it’s tempting to surmise that it’s going to be a near-future concept album about an England almost identical to our own, but with the weirdness and woe condensed in that forthright Dawsonian manner we’ve come to expect. And in a way this is true. The songs on 2020 describe the inner lives of normal individuals in a country on the cusp of something vaguely unpleasant, something black and looming that has just appeared over the horizon. Dawson’s songs alchemise widespread political and social anxieties into pinpoint vignettes; ostensibly mundane concerns are conjured into startling focus. Continue reading