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The 8 moments that defined the 2016 Folk Awards

This year’s Radio 2 Folk Awards certainly did not disappoint. In fact, they retained all of the foot-stomping, tear-jerking, rabble-rousing glory of previous years…and then some! Here are just eight of the hightlights:

1. John McCusker kicking things off with some world-class fiddling

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John McCusker Band – Calendar Boys

Watch John McCusker and his band perform live at the Folk Awards in London.

2. Joan Armatrading being presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by Sara Cox

3. Rufus Wainwright's show-stopping tribute to Hall of Fame winner, Sandy Denny

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Rufus Wainwright – Who Knows Where The Time Goes? (Sandy Denny tribute)

Watch Rufus Wainwright's touching tribute to Sandy Denny.

Plus his outfit wasn't too shabby either...

4. Sam Lee's a cappella performance with forty members of the Roundhouse Choir

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Sam Lee & Friends – Lovely Molly

Watch Sam Lee and 40 members of London's Roundhouse Choir perform a capella.

5. The Young Folk Award winner's perfectly modest acceptance speech

If you blinked you might have missed Brighde Chaimbeul collecting the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. The young piper's speech was short, to the point and touchingly humble.

Plus The Rheingans Sisters' emotional reaction to winning Best Original Track was similarly heartwarming:

6. Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman entrancing everyone with a murder ballad

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Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – Child Owlet

Watch Best Duo winners Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman perform live.

7. Norma Waterson receiving the loudest cheer of the night for her Lifetime Achievement Award

8. Clog dancing courtesy of The Unthanks

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The Unthanks – Mount The Air

Beautiful voices, brass and even clog dancing from The Unthanks live at the Folk Awards.