BBC Radio 2 have selected a fine list of folk musicians for the Folk Awards this year, promising an exciting and exceptional ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in April.
There are oldies and young’uns (ahem) alike, many of whom have worked with EFDSS and performed at Cecil Sharp House, or will be in the future! Rosie Hood, who completed a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship with EFDSS last year is nominated for the ‘Horizon Award’ for best emerging artist. Previous winners have included Jim Moray, and Spiers and Boden.
Eliza Carthy, Vice President of EFDSS is nominated for ‘Folk Singer of the Year’ alongside Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Lee and Emily Portman.
The newly appointed Artistic Director of the National Youth Folk Ensemble Sam Sweeney is nominated with his band Leveret, in the category for ‘Best Group’. Please see a full list of nominations below.
Congratulations to all nominees, it has been a fantastic year for English Folk and we look forward to celebrating with you!
FOLK SINGER OF THE YEAR
Gilmore & Roberts
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Marry Waterson & David A. Jaycock
Stick In The Wheel
Damien O’Kane – Areas of High Traffic
Lynched – Cold Old Fire
The Unthanks – Mount The Air
False Lights – Salvor
Show of Hands – The Long Way Home
Cast your vote for the Best Folk Album here.
The Rheingans Sisters
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
BEST ORIGINAL TRACK
The Rheingans Sisters – Mackerel
Marry Waterson & David A. Jaycock – Sing Me Into Your Tune
Rufus & Martha Wainwright – Sweet Thames, Flow Softly
Spiro – The Vapourer
BEST TRADITIONAL TRACK
Sam Lee – Lovely Molly
Ghazalaw – Moliannwn
Stick In The Wheel – Seven Gypsies
The Furrow Collective – The Unquiet Grave
BBC RADIO 2 YOUNG FOLK AWARD