Mark Radcliffe has announced that the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards are to return on Wednesday 19 February and will be returning to London and taking place at the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets are available via the Royal Albert Hall Box Office.
The awards, which celebrate their 15th anniversary in 2014, will see some of the biggest names in folk music come together under one roof to celebrate the UK’s thriving folk music scene.
The event will welcome a whole host of star guests, with Bellowhead, Suzanne Vega, Clannad and The Fisherman’s Friends confirmed to perform live on the night. Other acts on the line-up will be announced at a later date.
This year’s awards will see the addition of a new element – the Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame will recognise the special contribution of an individual to the world of folk music; someone whose impact and influence has had a lasting impression.
The first entrant to be inducted into the Hall of Fame is Cecil Sharp – widely regarded as being a key figure in having helped lay the foundations for the modern folk revival in the early 20th century.
Al Booth, Editor Specialist Music at Radio 2 said:
“As the country’s most prolific collector of folk music and dance, Cecil Sharp amassed a collection which includes songs and tunes that have been part of the fabric of English life for hundreds of years. Without his work the careers of Martin Carthy, Fairport Convention, Nic Jones and Kate Rusby might have been very different. It is fitting that he should be the first inductee into the Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame.”
Nominees for the Folk Award categories will be announced by Mark Radcliffe in the Folk Show this Wednesday (November 20, 7pm).
The categories include: Folk Singer of the Year, Best Duo, Best Group, Best Album, Horizon Award, Musician of the Year, Best Original Song, Best Traditional Track and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. The awards show will also include the presentation of Lifetime Achievement and Good Tradition Awards.
Bob Shennan, Controller BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, said:
“Folk Music is an integral part of the BBC Radio 2 schedule. It is a much loved genre by our audience and we remain committed to bringing our listeners the widest possible range and choice of music. This year The Radio 2 Folk Awards reach an important milestone in their history. And what better way to celebrate their 15th anniversary than them taking place in the very special location that is the Royal Albert Hall. I’m sure it will be a night to remember.”
Mark Radcliffe, presenter of the Radio 2 Folk Show, said:
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Folk Awards again this year, particularly on the event’s 15th anniversary and in the very grand Royal Albert Hall. Folk music is in rude health, and we’re all relishing the chance to make a big fuss about the genre’s vibrancy, diversity and sheer quality.”
Drivetime presenter Simon Mayo will be broadcasting a special programme live from the Albert Hall (5pm). The interval will feature performances from the nominees for the Young Folk Award 2014.
Folk Singer of the Year
- Bella Hardy
- Fay Hield
- Lisa Knapp
- Lucy Ward
- Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson
- Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
- Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita
- Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
- The Full English
- Melrose Quartet
- Child Ballads – Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer
- The Full English – The Full English
- Hidden Seam – Lisa Knapp
- Vagrant Stanzas – Martin Simpson
- Won’t Be Long Now – Linda Thompson
- Olivia Chaney
- Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
- Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
- Georgia Ruth
Musician of the Year
- Aidan O’Rourke
- Will Pound
- Martin Simpson
- Sam Sweeney
Best Original Song
- Love’s For Babies and Fools – Linda Thompson
- None the Wiser – Chris Wood
- Swimming in the Longest River – Olivia Chaney
- Two Ravens – Lisa Knapp
Best Traditional Track
- Codi Angor – Georgia Ruth
- Les Bras de Mer – Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita
- Mary Macdonald’s – Rant
- Willie of Winsbury – Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer
BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award
- Hattie Briggs
- Gentlemen of Few
- Granny’s Attic
- The Mischa Macpherson Trio
The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards will be broadcast live on Radio 2 from 8pm, and in vision via the Red Button and online, with video highlights to follow the next day. The audience can also follow the event and get involved via the Radio 2 website.
Tickets are available now from the Royal Albert Hall Box Office and are priced from £12.20 to £27.50 (details here)