Mark Knopfler to perform at the Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016

The Radio 2 Folk Awards are a wonderful celebration of Folk music, and unquestionably one of the highlights in the Radio 2 calendar. The event has grown hugely in recent years - a reflection of the importance of the music to our audiences and our station.Bob Shennan, Director BBC Music
Date: 24.03.2016     Last updated: 06.04.2016 at 17.05
Category: Radio 2
• Joan Armatrading and Norma Waterson to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards
• John McCusker to receive the Good Tradition Award

BBC Radio 2 has today announced the remaining acts set to perform at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Mark Knopfler, British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer; John McCusker, Scottish folk musician, record producer and composer; Irish folk band, Lynched and folk duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman will all take to the stage at the event being held on April 27 in the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Also confirmed today are the recipients of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards and Good Tradition Award.

Bob Shennan, Director BBC Music and Controller Radio 2, 6Music and Asian Network, added:
“The Radio 2 Folk Awards are a wonderful celebration of Folk music, and unquestionably one of the highlights in the Radio 2 calendar. The event has grown hugely in recent years - a reflection of the importance of the music to our audiences and our station.”

Lifetime Achievement Awards will be given to Joan Armatrading and Norma Waterson to recognise their extraordinary contributions to music.

Songwriter Joan Armatrading has been one of the outstanding voices in British music since the 1970s, blending folk, rock, blues and jazz styles to give us much-loved songs like Weakness In Me, Love & Affection, Drop the Pilot and Me Myself I.

Norma Waterson first appeared on the folk scene in the early 1960s with North Yorkshire vocal group The Watersons. Possessed of a powerful voice and a deep connection to traditional song, Norma's influence has been felt throughout British folk music for decades, through her solo work, her work with Waterson:Carthy and The Gift Band with daughter Eliza Carthy and husband Martin Carthy.

The Good Tradition Award will be given to John McCusker - for his contribution to the preservation, dissemination and progression of traditional music over a number of years.

Joan Armatrading said:
“I was surprised but delighted to hear that I was being given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio 2 Folk Awards. I have heard people say that awards don't mean much to them but for me, being given an award means that I am being told that my music is being appreciated. As a singer/songwriter that's one of the main things I'm asking for.”

Norma Waterson added:
“I’m thrilled to be getting this award. It’s a great honour. I’m really looking forward to the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall and a chance to celebrate with family and friends. It’s nice that singers and musicians are supported by the BBC in this way and that artists from all age groups are acknowledged. I think it’s one of the many things that makes the folk community so special.”

John McCusker said:
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be receiving the Good Tradition Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. I've spent most of my life since the age of six playing traditional music and this year I celebrate 25 as a professional musician. To be recognised in this way by BBC Radio 2 is a real honour. I'm really looking forward to the ceremony and playing at the Royal Albert Hall again with Mark Knopfler and also with my own band - it's going to be a brilliant night!”

The Radio 2 Folk Awards will be hosted by Radio 2 Folk Show presenter Mark Radcliffe and Scottish singer and multi-instrumentalist Julie Fowlis.

In their 17th year, the awards will see some of the most exciting acts in the folk music scene take to the stage for an evening to celebrate the vibrant folk music scene in the UK and beyond.

The event will also see live performances from British singer-songwriter and Grammy Award and BRIT Award nominee Joan Armatrading, Mercury Award-nominated Sam Lee, and acclaimed Northumbrian folk act The Unthanks.

Tickets for the event are available now from bbc.co.uk/radio2

Drivetime presenter Simon Mayo will also be broadcasting a special programme live from the Royal Albert Hall (5pm-7.30pm) on the day of the awards. The interval will feature performances from the nominees for the Young Folk Award 2016.

The Folk Awards will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 between 7.30pm and 10pm. It will also be available to watch on the BBC iPlayer and the Red Button at a later date. For more details head to bbc.co.uk/radio2

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 are being produced by Smooth Operations – a 7digital company.

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