News: BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 Nominees Announced

The nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 have been announced!

This year’s ceremony, presented by Mark Radcliffe, will take place at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on Wednesday 16th October 2019 as part of the Manchester Folk Festival.

Check out all of the categories and nominees below…

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

This year, the award for Best Album will be chosen by Radio 2 listeners. Voting is open now and closes on Friday 9th August 2019 at midnight. Jo Whiley will play a track from all four nominated albums between Monday 5th August and Thursday 8th August on her Radio 2 show.

Musician of the Year

• Jenn Butterworth
• Mohsen Amini
• Sam Sweeney
• Seckou Keita

Traditional Irish band Dervish will also receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony.

Shane Mitchell from Dervish says: “We are thrilled and so delighted to be receiving this very special honour at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, particularly as this is the 30th anniversary of the band.”

An act will also 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.

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