One of the main awards has now been decided by you the audience. The winner will be announced at the Poll Winners concert in March. A huge thanks to all those who contributed. It was wonderful to see such a wide-ranging list of nominations (left) and the way so many of the musicians have touched your lives.
Here are the bands who were voted onto the final shortlist. Click on each name to read more about them and click on the 'listen' icon to hear a selected track from each band. A large selection of your comments can be found by clicking on the list to the left.
Carlos Filipe Maia, Portugal:
'Their last record Macaréu and their live concerts are brilliant.'
Roger Holdsworth, Australia:
'Dynamic live and intriguing in recording - listen to their most recent release: Macareu; but also to their previous live 2CD set. Keeping traditional Portuguese music alive, but giving it a kick.'
'They pick the best of the traditional Portuguese instruments and music giving it a good and vibrant new enviroment. It feels just as as thrilling as a rock concert.'