Wishing all the nominees, including a large number of Birnam clients and friends (highlighted below) the best of luck for the 18th BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The Awards celebrate Folk, Acoustic and Roots music, previous award recipients include Joan Baez, Bellowhead, Martin Carthy, Cat Stevens, Billy Bragg, Shirley Collins and Seth Lakeman. The categories include Folk Singer of the Year, Best Duo, Best Group, Best Album, Horizon Award, Musician of the Year, Best Original Track, Best Traditional Track, BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. The awards also include Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Hall of Fame which recognises the special contribution of an individual to the world of folk music. The Lifetime Achievement award this year goes to Al Stewart and the legendary Woody Guthrie will be inducted into The Hall of Fame. Winners across all the categories will be announced on 5th April at the awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall… See category nominations…

 

FOLK SINGER OF THE YEAR

Daoiri Farrell

Jim Causley

Kris Drever

Shirley Collins

BEST DUO

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

Megson

O’Hooley & Tidow

Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton

BEST GROUP

9Bach

Breabach

The Furrow Collective

The Gloaming

BEST ALBUM

Jarlath Henderson – Hearts Broken, Heads Turned

Jim Moray – Upcetera

Martin Green – Flit

Shirley Collins – Lodestar

Songs of Separation – Songs of Separation

HORIZON AWARD

Daoiri Farrell

Fara

Ninebarrow

Talisk

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

John McCusker

John McSherry

Mohsen Amini

Rachel Newton

BEST ORIGINAL TRACK

Fragile Water by Nancy Kerr

If Wishes Were Horses by Kris Drever

Roll Away by Martin Green feat. Adam Holmes

Sounds of Earth by Jim Moray

BEST TRADITIONAL TRACK

Courting Is a Pleasure by Jarlath Henderson

Echo Mocks The Corncrake by Songs of Separation

Van Diemen’s Land by Daoiri Farrell

Willie Taylor by Julie Murphy

BBC RADIO 2 YOUNG FOLK

Amelia Coburn

Charlie Grey & Joseph Peach

Eryn Rae

Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente