Nominees announced for 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Nominees announced for 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

The nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 have been announced by Mark Radcliffe on the Radio 2 Folk Show.

Radcliffe (pictured) will present the ceremony, which is now in its 20th year, at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on Wednesday, October 16 as part of the Manchester Folk Festival.

The show, which will be broadcast live from 7pm to 9pm on BBC Radio 2 and on BBC Sounds, will be produced by 7digital.

I can promise you there will be excitement aplenty on the night

Mark Radcliffe

BBC Radio 2

“I'm really chuffed to be hosting the Radio 2 Folk Awards on home turf in Manchester this year," said Radcliffe. "It's also great to be part of the Manchester Folk Festival which seems to be going from strength to strength. I can promise you that there will be excitement aplenty on the night plus the very best live music from artists established and emerging on the healthier than ever British folk scene.”


The nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 are as follows:

Folk Singer of the Year

•              Gwilym Bowen Rhys

•              Lisa O'Neill

•              Olivia Chaney

•              Ríoghnach Connolly

Best Duo or Group

•              Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

•              Stick in the Wheel

•              The Breath

•              The Rheingans Sisters

The Horizon Award

•              Brìghde Chaimbeul

•              Kinnaris Quintet

•              Kitty Macfarlane

•              The Trials Of Cato

Best Traditional Track 

•              Factory Girl by Lisa O'Neill ft. Radie Peat

•              Ffoles Llantrisant by VRï

•              The Foggy Dew by Ye Vagabonds

•              The Reedcutter's Daughter by Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

Best Original Track

•              Blackbird by Lisa O'Neill

•              I Burn But I Am Not Consumed by Karine Polwart

•              Spells Out by Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening

•              Scapa Flow 1919 by Kris Drever

Best Album 

•              Ancora by Flook

•              Heard a Long Gone Song by Lisa O’Neill

•              Hide and Hair by The Trials of Cato

•              Soar by Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita 

Musician of the Year

•              Jenn Butterworth

•              Mohsen Amini

•              Sam Sweeney

•              Seckou Keita

The evening will welcome an array of special guests as well as performances from artists including Dervish, who will also receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita and Edward II. In addition, an act will be inducted to the Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame, following in the footsteps of Nick Drake, Sandy Denny, Woody Guthrie, Ewan MacColl and Cecil Sharp.

Lewis Carnie, head of Radio 2, said: “We’re delighted to be returning to Greater Manchester this year for one of the biggest moments in the folk music calendar - the Radio 2 Folk Awards. We’re looking forward to bringing our listeners such a fantastic and varied mix of performances from the very best artists in the folk music scene.”

The 2019 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, will take place at the HOME venue in Manchester, the night before the Folk Awards on Tuesday, October 15. 

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