WINNERS AND NOMINEES

FOLK SINGER OF THE YEAR

JULIE FOWLIS

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With two acclaimed solo albums to her name, ethereal and charming Gaelic singer and multi-instrumentalist Julie Fowlis has travelled the world and won fans including Björk and Ricky Gervais.

Official Site | MySpace


ALSO NOMINATED:

Jez Lowe
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Kate Rusby
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Artist Profile | Official Site | MySpace

Martin Simpson
Artist Profile | Official Site | MySpace

    BEST DUO

    JOHN TAMS & BARRY COOPE

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    Singer and musician John Tams has been a guiding light of the British folk community for over thirty years. Barry Coope is one-third of ace acapella trio Coope Boyes and Simpson, his engaging vocal and keyboard skills making him the perfect duo partner for Tams.

    Official Site


    ALSO NOMINATED:

    Show of Hands
    Artist Profile | MySpace

    Spiers & Boden
    Official Site | MySpace

    While & Matthews
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    Official Site | MySpace

      BEST GROUP

      LAU

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      The teaming of Kris Drever (guitar and vocal), Martin Green (piano accordion) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) has fused three of the most innovative exponents of modern traditional music on today’s scene.

      Artist Profile | Official Site | MySpace


      ALSO NOMINATED:

      Bellowhead
      Artist Profile | Official Site

      Rachel Unthank & The Winterset
      Official Site 

      Tunng
      Official Site | MySpace

        BEST ALBUM

        PRODIGAL SON - MARTIN SIMPSON

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        So confident with the blues that some assume he’s American, yet an equally superb interpreter of English traditional music, Martin Simpson is no stranger to award nominations and successes.


        ALSO NOMINATED:

        Lightweights & Gentlemen - Lau

        The Bairns - Rachel Unthank & The Winterset

        The Imagined Village - Various Artists

          BEST ORIGINAL SONG

          NEVER ANY GOOD - MARTIN SIMPSON


          ALSO NOMINATED:

          Bitter Boy - Kate Rusby

          Dad's Gonna Kill Me - Richard Thompson

          Three Black Feathers - Bella Hardy

            BEST TRADITIONAL TRACK

            COLD HAILY RAINY NIGHT - THE IMAGINED VILLAGE

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            With its top-rank line-up (including Billy Bragg, Martin and Eliza Carthy, Paul Weller, Benjamin Zephaniah et al) and brave arrangements, Simon Emmerson’s project to reinvent the traditional British music for a multi-cultural 21st century received much critical acclaim.


            ALSO NOMINATED:

            Andrew Lammie - Martin Simpson

            Blacksmith - Lisa Knapp

            John Barbury - Kate Rusby

              HORIZON AWARD

              RACHEL UNTHANK & THE WINTERSET

              With their debut scooping Mojo magazine’s Folk Album of 2005 and their 2007 follow-up causing a sensation with its original and empathic arrangements, the Northumbrian quartet have already established themselves in the folk hierarchy.

              Official Site


              ALSO NOMINATED:

              Bella Hardy
              Official Site | MySpace  

              Jackie Oates
              Artist ProfileOfficial SiteMySpace 

              Lisa Knapp
              Artist Profile |  MySpace

                MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

                ANDY CUTTING

                One of the most in-demand English musicians working today, Andy is a melodeon player (and composer) par excellence, known for his influential duo work with Chris Wood and his work with countless artists and bands including Kate Rusby, June Tabor and Blowzabella.

                Official Site


                ALSO NOMINATED:

                John McCusker

                Wikipedia

                Martin Green
                MySpace

                Martin Simpson
                Artist Profile | Official Site 

                  BEST LIVE ACT

                  BELLOWHEAD

                  The eleven-strong big band’s sinister and funky take on English folk music has now secured them a hat-trick of Best Live Act awards, as well as Best Group in 2007.

                  Artist Profile | Official Site


                  ALSO NOMINATED:

                  Lau
                  Artist Profile | Official Site | MySpace

                  Rachel Unthank & The Winterset
                  Official Site 

                  Show of Hands
                  Artist Profile | MySpace

                    LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

                    JOHN MARTYN

                    John Martyn has been a unique character on the British music scene for more than forty years. From his straightforward folk work as the first white artist signed to Island records, through his recordings with then wife Beverley, to his more muscular jazz experiments and beyond, his heartfelt performances have either suggested or fully demonstrated an idiosyncratic genius. In a special message, Eric Clapton described Martyn as, "so far ahead of everything, it's almost inconceivable."

                    GOOD TRADITION AWARD

                    SHIRLEY COLLINS

                    Shirley Collins MBE was a major contributor to the English folk revival of the 1950s and '60s, fusing a deep understanding of England's folk heritage with a contemporary attitude to musical settings. Following her work with famous American folklorist Alan Lomax, she introduced many innovations to the revival via collaborations with guitar maestro Davy Graham, David Munrow’s Early Music Consort, the 'father of folk-rock', Ashley Hutchings, and her sister Dolly. Billy Bragg has called Shirley, "one of England's greatest cultural treasures."

                    FOLK CLUB OF THE YEAR

                    DARTFORD FOLK CLUB

                    In its 35 years of existence, Dartford Folk Club (based at the similarly award-winning Dartford Working Men's Club) has welcomed such folk greats as Tom Paxton, Nic Jones, Martin Carthy and Shirley Collins.

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