BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019
Live music and celebrations at the 20th annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, hosted by Mark Radcliffe in Manchester.
Mark Radcliffe hosts Radio 2's 20th annual celebration of folk and acoustic music, live from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.
Dervish, O'Hooley & Tidow, Edward II, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Wizz Jones and Kate Rusby are among the performers.
A highlight of the music calendar, the Folk Awards celebrates the UK’s thriving folk scene and serves to raise the profile of an important musical genre.
This year's show will include a performance from Yorkshire-based folk duo O’Hooley & Tidow, who will perform a song that was adopted as the theme tune of BBC One’s hit drama series Gentleman Jack. Other performances will come from English folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby, Irish legends Dervish, influential guitarist Wizz Jones, acclaimed harp and kora collaboration Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, and folk-reggae fusioneers Edward II.
The awards will be presented by a host of famous folk fans, including local song-writing legend Graham Gouldman of 10cc, and poet laureate Simon Armitage. This year, the award for Best Album will be chosen by Radio 2 listeners. Nominees for Best Album are Ancora by Flook, Heard a Long Gone Song by Lisa O’Neill, Hide and Hair by The Trials of Cato and Soar by Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita. Further awards to be won on the evening include Folk Singer of the Year, Best Duo or Group, The Horizon Award, Best Traditional Track, Best Original Track and Musician of the Year.
Traditional Irish band, Dervish, and pioneering British folk and blues guitarist, Wizz Jones, will also receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the ceremony. Wizz Jones was an early influence on Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, and his fans include Bruce Springsteen.