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Folk's famous daughter scores a hat trick

Eliza Carthy – daughter of folk legends Martin Carthy MBE and Norma Waterson MBE – hit a treble at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2003 last night (Monday 10 February 2003) by scooping three awards.

The talented singer and songwriter won the prestigious Folk Singer Of The Year award following what's now become a family tradition, with Norma winning it in 2001 and Martin in 2002.

Author Kazuo Ishiguro presented the award to her.

Eliza was also presented with an award for Best Album (Anglicana) by Phill Jupitus and picked up the Best Traditional Track award (Worcester City) from Boff and Lou from Chumbawamba.

Linda Thompson's successful comeback was recognised with an award for Best Original Song for No Telling. The award was presented to her by legendary actor Peter O'Toole.

Politician Tony Benn and veteran folk singer Roy Bailey won Best Live Act for their history of dissent in words and music The Writing's On The Wall.

Christy Moore - who has inspired the likes of U2, Sinead O'Connor and the Pogues - was honoured with a special Lifetime Achievement Award.

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said in a special message to the ceremony: "He is a fantastic musician who has been one of the backbones of our traditional music history in Ireland. His contribution to the folklore and song has been immense.

"He is an artist who has influenced various generations of musicians and singers and as an activist has contributed in making this country a better place to live."

The fourth annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards were introduced by Mike Harding and took place at London's Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square.

They will be broadcast on the Mike Harding Show and web cast in full at tomorrow (Wednesday 12 February) at 8.00pm.

Controller of BBC Radio 2, Jim Moir, said: "Radio 2 is proud to champion folk and this special event enables the folk world to come together to reward these talented artists and celebrate their work.

"I'm delighted that through Radio 2 and the web cast we can share this music with such a wide audience."

Notes to Editors

Results of the 2003 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Folk Singer of the Year/Best Album/Best Traditional Track: Eliza Carthy – awards presented by Kazuo Ishiguro, Phill Jupitus, and Boff and Lou from Chumbawamba.

Eliza Carthy grew up surrounded by folk music in Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire.

Her ambitious 1998 double album Red Rice, which brought traditional music into the realms of drum 'n' bass, was short listed for the Mercury Music Prize.

Her award-winning album Anglicana marks a return to her roots, and expresses her Englishness themed around the sea.

Best Duo: Nancy Kerr and James Fagan – award presented by Bernard Wrigley. (Nancy's mother singer/musician Sandra Kerr picked up the award on their behalf).

Successful duo Nancy and James joined forces in 1995 with James' bouzouki perfectly complementing Nancy's distinctive voice and fiddle accompaniments.

Prior to that James sang in his family's group in his native Australia and studied medicine.

Both have a passion for English and Australian traditions and are also keen composers.

Best Group: Altan - award presented by Kate Rusby.

Named after a lake in northwest Donegal, Altan is one of Ireland's hottest bands with 10 acclaimed albums to their name.

Altan began performing in pubs around Ulster in the early Eighties and their repertoire of old Donegal fiddle music, unusual Northern flute tunes and music from Scotland and Europe gave them a unique stamp.

Their 1990 album The Red Crow won album of the year from the National Association Of Independent Record Producers.

Best Original Song: Linda Thompson – award presented by special guest Peter O'Toole.

Linda's first album in 17 years, Fashionably Late, was co-written with her guitarist son Teddy and marks her return to public performance.

In 1972 Linda teamed up with Fairport Convention guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson forming a partnership that lasted nearly ten years resulting in six critically acclaimed albums.

Hysterical dysphonia forced Linda to retire from singing in the Eighties but her song writing abilities came to the fore resulting in a Grammy nomination in 1987 for Telling Me Lies (co-written with Betsy Cook) and recorded by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.

Horizon Award: John Spiers and Jon Boden – award presented by Martin Carthy.

The energetic duo - John Spiers (melodeon) and Jon Boden (fiddle) – come from Oxford and play a mix of folk songs and tunes mainly from the English tradition.

John Spiers started playing the melodeon while studying genetics at King's College, Cambridge and Jon Boden's love of English folk song came from his regular visits to the coalpits singing session while at Durham University.

Their debut album, Through And Through, made huge waves and their second, Bellow, is eagerly awaited.

Musician Of The Year Award: John McCusker - award presented by Simon Fowler of Ocean Colour Scene.

Glaswegian McCusker first picked up the fiddle at the age of seven.

One of the top traditional musicians in the land he has guested on over 150 albums and recently recorded original music for the new film Heartland and released an acclaimed solo album Goodnight Ginger.

Known for his fiddle playing, he is a virtuoso on a range of instruments including whistles, piano and cittern and is much in demand as a producer, being involved in some of the best-selling and critically acclaimed folk albums in recent years including albums by his wife Kate Rusby.

Best Live Act: Roy Bailey and Tony Benn – award presented by Tom Robinson.

Distinguished politician Tony Benn and hugely popular folk singer Roy Bailey have collaborated for many years with their two-man show The Writing On The Wall, an anthology of dissent in words and music based on Benn's writings for his book of the same name.

The work is related by Benn with his great warmth and humour and punctuated musically by Bailey who, for 40 years, has been one of the folk world's finest interpreters of both traditional and contemporary song.

Lifetime Achievement award for Song Writing: John Prine – award presented by Johnnie Walker.

Born in Maywood, Illinois in 1946, Prine began playing the guitar at the age of 14.

His work has covered everything from acoustic folk to electric rockabilly and won great acclaim from fellow musicians.

His 1991 Grammy nominated album The Missing Years featured guest appearances from Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt and Tom Petty.

After making his film debut in 1992's John Mellencamp-directed Falling From Grace, Prine has continued to make popular and successful albums.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Christy Moore – award presented by Bob Harris.

Christy has been a giant through many different styles and eras, from his early days as grass roots entertainer on the Sixties British folk club circuit via lead vocalist and chief songwriter with the influential Seventies band Planxty and the pioneering Moving Hearts in the Eighties.

As a solo singer-songwriter, he has continued to add elements of rock and popular music to his well-crafted, tradition-based tunes and has been a major inspiration to many artists.

His discography spans some 20-odd albums and his 2002 album Live At Vicar Street shows no diminishment of musicality, songwriting or passion.

Good Tradition Award: the Oysterband – award presented by Cara Dillon.

Emerging from Canterbury University in 1975, the Whitstable Oyster Company Ceilidh Band has undergone several incarnations from its original huge dance band line-up to today's line-up consisting of original members John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer plus Chopper and Lee.

Their current project – the Big Session – celebrates traditional music and brings on board young musicians.

Folk Club Of The Year: The Edinburgh Folk Club – award presented by Pete Wishart MP (SNP Culture Spokesman).

Thirty years old this year, the club has provided a platform for the best names in folk and traditional music.

Now resident at the 150 seater Pleasance Cabaret Bar, the club is run by Paddy Bort and has a stream of top names due to play there over the coming months.

Results of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2002 (12.02.02)

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