Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients announced

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards are an extremely important date in the annual music calendar. Folk music plays a key part in the Radio 2 schedule. We pride ourselves in bringing a wide range of distinctive content to our audience. In 2013, our commitment to folk music will be stronger than ever before."Bob Shennan, Controller, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music
Date: 23.01.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.58
Category: Radio 2
BBC Radio 2 has today announced the Lifetime Achievement Award recipients in this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - the annual awards that celebrate and reward the best in folk music from the previous 12 months.

Musician Billy Bragg will be awarded the Roots Award - awarded in recognition of an outstanding contribution to folk music from a grass roots level upwards; Shetland fiddler Aly Bain and English folk/rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Roy Harper will be given Lifetime Achievement Awards; and the author of one of Scotland’s most-loved songs Caledonia, Dougie MacLean, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Songwriting.

Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis will present the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013 live from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Wednesday 30 January as part of the Celtic Connections festival. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Radio 2 from 7.30pm and highlights broadcast on BBC ALBA on Saturday 2 February at 10pm with a repeat on Thursday 7 February at 10.30pm.

Now in its 14th year, the Radio 2 Folk Awards celebrate the UK’s vibrant folk scene and its achievements over the past 12 months, as well as giving awards to honour outstanding lifetime contributions.

Aly Bain, Roy Harper and Dougie Maclean will perform during the ceremony and there will also be live music from Mary Chapin Carpenter, Billy Bragg and from three of the most popular acts on the Scottish folk scene - Treacherous Orchestra, Karine Polwart and Lau.

Guest presenters on the evening will include Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson, former footballing star and folk music fan Pat Nevin, Green Gartside of the group Scritti Politti and legendary folk singer and guitarist Martin Carthy.

The event will also include the presentation of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, which is the network’s annual search for the most promising young folk act in the UK.

Drivetime presenter Simon Mayo will be broadcasting a special programme live from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (5pm). And during the ceremony’s interval, he will be speaking to each of the four Young Folk Award nominees live in session, with special guest John McCusker.

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards will be broadcast live on Radio 2 from 7.30pm, via the Red Button and online at bbc.co.uk/radio2, with video highlights to follow the next day. The audience can also follow the event and get involved through a live blog on the Radio 2 website.

Bob Shennan, Controller BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, said: “The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards are an extremely important date in the annual music calendar. Folk music plays a key part in the Radio 2 schedule. We pride ourselves in bringing a wide range of distinctive content to our audience. In 2013, our commitment to folk music will be stronger than ever before.”

This year’s Folk Awards nominees are:

FOLK SINGER OF THE YEAR

• Nic Jones

• Sam Lee

• Jim Moray

• Karine Polwart

BEST DUO

• Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts

• Hannah James & Sam Sweeney

• O'Hooley & Tidow

• Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

BEST GROUP

• Bellowhead

• Lau

• Treacherous Orchestra

• The Unthanks

BEST ALBUM [Public vote with five nominees]

• Broadside – Bellowhead

• Ground Of Its Own - Sam Lee

• Race The Loser – Lau

• Skulk - Jim Moray

• Traces - Karine Polwart

The public vote for Best Album has now closed.

HORIZON AWARD

• Blair Dunlop

• Luke Jackson

• Maz O'Connor

• Rura

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

• Ross Ainslie

• Duncan Chisholm

• Sam Sweeney

• Kathryn Tickell

BBC RADIO 2 YOUNG FOLK AWARD

• Luke Jackson

• Graham Mackenzie & Ciorstaidh Beaton

• Thalla

• Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

BEST TRADITIONAL TRACK

• Lord Douglas by Jim Moray

• Tha Sneachd‘ air Druim Uachdair by Kathleen MacInnes

• Unknown Air by Duncan Chisholm

• Wild Wood Amber by Sam Lee

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

• Hatchlings by Emily Portman

• King of Birds by Karine Polwart

• Tailor by Anaïs Mitchell

• The Ballad of Andy Jacobs by Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

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