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Behind the scenes at the Young Folk Award Weekend

The UK's top 10 folk acts aged between 16-21 convene in Kendal for a thrilling weekend of live music, workshops and performance.

Radio 2's Young Folk Award Weekend brings together the top 10 folk acts in the UK aged between 16-21.

The shortlist of young folk musicians were invited to participate in a programme of workshops and talks from Rachael McShane (Bellowhead), John Spiers (Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden), John Smith and Kelly Wood (Musicians Union).

The weekend culminated in a public concert, presented by Mark Radcliffe, at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, where each act took turns to perform a ten minute set to showcase their talent.

This years’ concert included the following 10 acts:

Ben & Alfie
Granny’s Attic
Miss Irenie Rose
Darren James Hodge
Hannah Slater-Patterson & Michael Biggins
Gentlemen of Few
Sam Mabbett & Dylan Cairns Howarth
Hattie Briggs
Slow Loris
Mischa Macpherson Trio

The young acts performed in front of a panel of judges comprising of industry experts and professional musicians: Kellie While (Smooth Operations’ Head of Programmes), Steve Heap (Mrs Casey Music, Towersey Festival), Pete Lawrence (The Big Chill, Cooking Vinyl) John Spiers (Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden) and Rachael McShane (Bellowhead).

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