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Sam Lee and launch of the Radio 2 Young Folk Award

57 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 18 July 2012

Mike opens the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award for entries and chats to Sam Lee, the London-based singer, teacher, song collector and promoter who picked up a Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Folk Club in 2010.

The Young Folk Award is Radio 2's annual search for the UK's most talented young performers of folk, roots or acoustic music from any culture.

Previous competitors and winners include Tim van Eyken, Jackie Oates, Megan & Joe Henwood, Bella Hardy, Moore Moss Rutter and Jarlath Henderson.

The competition is open to soloists, duos and groups. Entrants must be aged 15-20 and be resident in the UK.

To enter, download the entry form at bbc.co.uk/folk, complete it and return it to the given address, along with a demo recording.

The closing date for entries is Friday 7 September 2012. Ten successful entrants will be invited to attend the Young Folk Award Weekend in Kendal in October. There they will receive expert advice about making a career in music, and each act will perform in a public concert.

A panel of judges will attend the concert and select four nominees for the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. The eventual winner will be announced at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ceremony early next year.

Music Played

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  • Image for Richard & Linda Thompson

    Richard & Linda Thompson Hokey Pokey

    The End of the Rainbow, Island IMCD270/542456-2

  • Image for Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

    Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman Money or Jewels

    Hidden People, Navigator Navigator072

  • Image for Kevin Crawford

    Kevin Crawford Autumn Apples/Cormac O'Lunny's/Paddy Sean Nancy's

    Carrying the Tune, BallyO Records BOR002

  • Image for Julie Fowlis

    Julie Fowlis My Love is on the High Seas

    CD single, Promo copy

  • Image for John Jones

    John Jones The Wanderer

    Unreleased demo, Unreleased demo

  • Image for Sam Lee

    Sam Lee The Ballad of George Collins

    Ground of its Own, Nest Collective TNCR001CD

  • Image for Sam Lee

    Sam Lee The Jew's Garden

    Ground of its Own, Nest Collective TNCR001CD

  • Image for Spiers & Boden

    Spiers & Boden Haul Away

    The Works, Navigator Navigator046

  • Image for Jackie Oates

    Jackie Oates Brigg Fair

    Saturnine, ECC ECC004

  • Image for Steve Tilston

    Steve Tilston Sail on By

    Harbour of Songs, Stables STABLESCD001

  • Sam Lee with Mike Harding

    Sam Lee with Mike Harding


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