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Radio 2 Folk Awards
WINNERS
FOLK SINGER OF THE YEAR - JOHN TAMS
The Derbyshire-born singer has been a guiding light of the British folk community and beyond for over thirty years, with the Albion Band, Home Service and as a solo performer. Not only a consummate songwriter, singer and musician, Tams is also a skilled actor and TV/theatrical producer and is musical director of the 2006 BBC Radio Ballads.
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BEST DUO - JOHN SPIERS & JON BODEN
Since their 2001 debut, the two Johns have formed a fruitful partnership with Eliza Carthy, founded the innovative 11-piece band Bellowhead, and released two further genre-defining solo albums. They perform English music at its finest.
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BEST GROUP - FLOOK
The unique sound of Flook stems from the inspired dual flute playing of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen fused with superlative melodic rhythm from the equally virtuosic guitar and bodhran of Ed Boyd and John Jo Kelly. Their traditional and contemporary instrumental material has won them many awards in their ten-year history.
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BEST ALBUM - THE RECKONING: JOHN TAMS

BEST ORIGINAL SONG - ONE IN A MILLION: CHRIS WOOD & HUGH LUPTON
Chris is a writer of modern parables and consummate musician whose music reveals his love for the real history of the English-speaking people. Together with Robert Harbron and John Dipper, forms The English Acoustic Collective. One of Britain's leading storytellers, Hugh has a global touring career in performance, publishing and education.
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Official website - Hugh Lupton

BEST TRADITIONAL TRACK - BITTER WITHY: JOHN TAMS

HORIZON AWARD - JULIE FOWLIS
A member of award-winning Scottish sextet Ḍchas, Julie is a young singer and multi-instrumentalist from Scotland's Outer Hebrides. Involved in singing, piping and dancing since her childhood in a Gaelic-speaking community, Julie's solo career escalated in 2005 with the release of her first solo album and achievement of the Scots Trad Music Gaelic Singer of the Year Award.
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MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR - MICHAEL McGOLDRICK
Manchester-born of Irish parents, Michael is a world-class flutist and uilleann piper whose work is a cutting-edge fusion of traditional and modern influences. Previously a member of Toss The Feathers, Flook and Lúnasa, he currently plays with supergroup Capercaillie as well as touring his own band and playing in inspired collaborations with Dezi Donnelly and others.
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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - PAUL BRADY
Since his teenage piano-bar and R&B guitarist days in 1960s Donegal, this "white Irish soul singer", songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has received acclaim for both his consummate renditions of traditional song and his passionate original material. He's enjoyed successful collaborations with The Johnstons, Planxty, Andy Irvine, Bonnie Raitt and Richard Thompson.
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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - RICHARD THOMPSON
From his groundbreaking early work with Fairport Convention to his current luminous solo career, Richard has been recognised as one of the era's finest songwriters as well as a peerless guitarist. For almost four decades a producer of classic albums, gripping performances and songs covered by dozens of artists, his energy and abilities show no sign of diminishing with the passage of time.
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BEST LIVE ACT - KATE RUSBY
One of the few folk singers enjoying a wider success, Kate performs "folk music for people who don't like folk music", while retaining the loyalty of her huge fan base. Subtly maturing, a decade into her professional career, she blends the traditional songs learned in her childhood with her own intuitive songwriting.
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GOOD TRADITION AWARD - ASHLEY HUTCHINGS
AKA 'The Guv'nor', Ashley Hutchings has been a major force in English folk-rock for some forty years, founding and nurturing legendary bands including Fairport Convention, The Albion Band and Steeleye Span. A skilled bass player and important songwriter, it's his understanding and fostering of traditional music as a living force that has earned him his well-deserved place in folk history.
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FOLK CLUB AWARD - RED LION, BIRMINGHAM
For over thirty years a great folk club in King's Heath with a dedicated team of supporters. The club has an eclectic booking policy from lesser-known guests to major acts and is a great favourite with the artists themselves, who vote for this award.
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AUDIENCE VOTE - MOST INFLUENTIAL FOLK ALBUM OF ALL TIME - LIEGE & LIEF: FAIRPORT CONVENTION
Fairport Convention's fourth album, released in 1969, represented a watershed in British folk-rock. The classic lineup of Sandy Denny, Ashley Hutchings, Richard Thompson, Dave Swarbrick, Dave Mattacks and Simon Nicol took English traditional music to new heights of invention and excitement, paving the way for a mainstream movement brief in time but great in glory.
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