And the Winners Are…
The 15th BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards were celebrated in style at the Royal Albert Hall, a venue better known for classical music, but last night it morphed itself into a folk club, albeit a rather grand one. It was a night full of emotion, laughter and merriment with Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis doing a fine job as hosts and introducing several guest presenters including Jarvis Cocker, Katie Derham and Zoe Ball.
Bellowhead kicked off the evening in their usual spirited manner with ‘Roll the Woodpile Down,’ proving just why they’ve won so many awards in previous years. Other notable performances included Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer, joined onstage by Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke; a rousing and emotional display of singing from The Fisherman’s Friends, who were performing for the first time since the deaths of their tour manager and one of the group members – they deservedly got a standing ovation.
The Fisherman’s Friends
Then there was a curious tribute to Cecil Sharp with Ashley Hutchings playing the bicycle-riding Victorian folk collector, and American singer Peggy Seeger who played a touching tribute to her brother Pete who died last month. The Full English were the surprise result of the night, winning two awards for Best Group and Best Album.
Peggy Seeger and Guests
The full list of the winners are:
Folk Singer of the Year
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
The Full English
Best Album – Public vote
The Full English – The Full English
Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
Musician of the Year
Best Original Song
‘Two Ravens’ – Lisa Knapp
Best Traditional Track
‘Willie of Winsbury’ – Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer
BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award
The Mischa Macpherson Trio
Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame
Lifetime Achievement Awards
Clannad and Martin Carthy
Good Tradition Award
Cambridge Folk Festival
Check out photos and videos from the performances on the Radio 2 website.
You can listen to the Awards on BBC iPlayer or watch them via the Red Button on the BBC.