This year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards was hosted by Mark Radcliffe and Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis live from the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff in front of an audience of 1,600.
The 16th annual ceremony featured live performances and a host of celebrities and musicians handing out the awards. They included Gavin & Stacey star Ruth Jones, who presented Nancy Kerr with the Folk Singer Of The Year, and singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, presenting Peggy Seeger/Calum MacColl with Best Original Song.
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Opening the show in were The Rails with their performance of Jealous Sailor. The band also received the Horizon Award from Casualty actor Charles Dale. Best Duo winners Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker were presented with their award by Welsh guitarist and songwriter Andy Fairweather Low, with the duo later performing The Banks of the Sweet Primroses. The award for Best Traditional Track went to The Gloaming, with the Best Group award going to The Young’uns, while Sam Sweeney walked away with Musician of the Year.
A Lifetime Achievement Award went to folk music legend Yusuf / Cat Stevens, presented to him by David Gray. This was followed by a performance by Yusuf / Cat Stevens of his new song, Cat & The Dog Trap, and Moonshadow.
Bob Shennan, Controller Radio 2, 6 Music, Asian Network and Director, BBC Music says: “The Radio 2 Folk Awards is an annual celebration of the nation’s longstanding devotion to the folk music scene. It is wonderful to be able to bring together such a high calibre line-up of artists and recognise their achievements over the past 12 months. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. The folk genre is a key highlight in the Radio 2 schedule and we are committed to broadcasting distinctive and diverse musical content.”
The awards will be available to watch in full on the BBC iPlayer from 7pm on Thursday 23 April for 30 days. There will also be a chance to watch a selection of performances from the event on the Radio 2 website – bbc.co.uk/radio2 The BBC Red Button will have highlights from Sunday 3rd May.
Full list of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2015 winners:
FOLK SINGER OF THE YEAR
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Tincian by 9Bach
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Swim To The Star by Peggy Seeger and Calum MacColl
BEST TRADITIONAL TRACK
Samhradh Samhradh by The Gloaming
BBC RADIO 2 YOUNG FOLK AWARD
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Yusuf / Cat Stevens
Loudon Wainwright III
GOOD TRADITION AWARD
HALL OF FAME