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Young Folk Award 2011

James Findlay - YFA winner for 2010


Get details below for how to enter this year's Young Folk Award with BBC Radio 2.

  • BBC Radio 2 is once again searching for outstanding young musicians and singers and inviting entries to the Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2011.

    The competition is looking for performers aged between 15 and 20 of folk, roots or acoustic music from any culture. It is open to soloists, duos and groups.


    Applications must be submitted by 01 October 2010.

    The first stage of the competition will be judged on a submitted recording. Ten successful entries will then be invited to take part in a semi-final audition weekend in Kendal, Cumbria between 12 and 14 November 2010.
    The audition weekend includes sessions and workshops and will provide the opportunity for the musicians and singers to meet and perform. Respected folk musicians Nancy Kerr and Robert Harbron will tutor at the workshops. The weekend culminates in a concert presented by Mike Harding and open to members of the public, featuring performances from each semi-finalist. A panel of judges will then select a shortlist of four acts to go through to the final stage.

    The prizes for the winner of the Radio 2 Young Folk Award include the opportunity to record a session for Mike’s show and to perform at top UK festivals, including the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival.

    Previous winners of the Radio 2 Young Folk Award include Tim van Eyken, who won the inaugural title in 1998, Black Cat Theory, Uiscedwr, Bodega, Last Orders, Megan & Joe Henwood, and last year’s winner James Findlay.
    Please note: Terms and conditions for Young Folk Award 2011 are included on the application form.

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