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Simon Mayo | 09:10 UK time, Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Well your Drivetime friends are heading north to Manchester today. It's Folk Awards time folks! Mike Harding and friends tonight will be rewarding greatness and maybe unearthing a few gems. The joy for me has been discovering magnificent artists that, in my ignorance, I had ignored. Nic Jones' Penguin Eggs is now one of my favourite albums of all time but I hadn't heard of him 'till he won a special award at the F.A. a few years back. June Tabor, Martin Simpson, John Tams, Show of Hands and Bellowhead are artists I've come to love through listening to Mike and attending these evenings. I'll miss the Brewery in East London but looking forward to visiting the original 'Dirty Old Town'. In fact we've asked The Dubliners to open the show with that song, written by Ewan MacColl in 1949 about the joys of Salford.
The Dubliners and Don McLean will be getting lifetime achievement awards and would love to hear from bloggers if they have seen either act live. Any stories or reminiscences that would enlighten the show? Don sang on the show a while back and it was a joy just to have THAT VOICE in the studio. Well, we're going to do it all again today and I can't wait. Stuart Maconie will do our confession (might not get quite the reaction that Terry Wogan's buttocks got last night!) and Mark Radcliffe, Mike Harding and the wonderful Julie Fowlis will all wander past at some time or other...
And oldies please with TRADITION or ROOTS as the theme just to get in the swing of things. And we have an extra 30 minutes to play with tonight!
Wishing you all a melodious and harmony-filled Wednesday, see you after 5.

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