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BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall

Posted on February 20th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


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
Bella Hardy

Best Duo
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

Best Group
The Full English

Best Album – Public vote
The Full English – The Full English

Horizon Award
Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

Musician of the Year
Aidan O’Rourke

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
Cecil Sharp

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.

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Top of the World: Bella Hardy – Battleplan

Posted on May 19th, 2013 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Words by Tim Cumming

Troops assembled; Bella comes out fighting

Hardy’s fifth album was recorded with her touring band The Midnight Watch: Blazin’ Fiddles guitarist Anna Massie; Braebach bassist James Lindsay; and keyboardist/accordionist Angus Leyton of The Halton Quartet. It features new versions of traditional material, often retitled and augmented with verses displaying Hardy’s assured songwriter’s touch, alongside a handful of self-penned tunes. These include the wonderful ‘Three Pieces of My Heart’ – a tune that would fit perfectly into country singer Willie Nelson’s repertoire of broken-hearted love songs. The original material on this album has the depth, strength and melodies to stand tall alongside her take on Phoebe Smith’s ‘Yellow Handkerchief’ or ‘The Outlandish Knight’ and ‘Raggle Taggle Gypsies’ (here titled ‘The Seventh Girl’ and ‘Good Man’s Wife’ respectively).

Acoustic guitar and piano predominate; the village-hall upright piano sound on the closing shanty of ‘One More Day’ is haunting and ethereal over a spare guitar backing. There’s plenty of space in the arrangements that allows the voice to lead with a clarity and tenderness of feeling. There are touches of the 70s West Coast singer-songwriter tradition of Laurel Canyon – perhaps in the predominance of piano arrangements – and Bella Hardy has a natural ability to fashion catchy pop hooks in the forge of big, doom-laden folk songs.

TRACK TO TRY: Yellow Handkerchief

(On Noe Records)

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Eugene Hütz’s playlist and the 10 best new releases in the new Songlines issue

Posted on April 27th, 2013 in Recent posts by .

The June 2013 issue of Songlines is now on sale. It includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet. The CD also includes five tracks selected by Gogol Bordello frontman, Eugene Hütz.

The Top of the World CD features tracks from acclaimed Touareg guitarist Bombino; much-loved Portuguese singer Ana Moura; Algerian singer and activist Rachid Taha; iconic Brazilian composer Caetano Veloso; a tidal wave of Afro-Latin grooves from Family Atlantica and Gladiators’ bassist Clinton Fearon reinvents the band’s classic tracks, amongst others.

Pick up your copy here or at selected WHSmith’s and all good record retailers. Feast your ears on these all-new tracks:

* Bombino ‘Imuhur’ on Nonesuch Records
* Clinton Fearon ‘Let Jah be Praised’ on Sterns Music
* Amparo Sánchez ‘La Cuenta Atrás’ on Wrasse Records
* Family Atlantica ‘Manicero’ on Soundway Records
* Caetano Veloso ‘Um Abraçaço’ on Decca Records
* Bella Hardy ‘The Seventh Girl’ on Noe Records
* Debashish Bhattacharya ‘Kirwani One.5+8.Five’ on Riverboat Records
* Ana Moura ‘Amor Afoito’ on Decca Records
* Rachid Taha ‘Ana’ on Wrasse Records
* Stephan Micus ‘I Praise You, Sacred Mother’ on ECM Records

Plus Eugene Hütz’s playlist:

* Goran Bregović featuring Eugene Hütz ‘Be That Man’ on Wrasse Records
* Kozak System ‘Shablia’ on Kozak System Records
* Kapelle Böllberg ‘Mädchenpop’ on Kapelle Böllberg Records
* A Tribe Called Red ‘Electric Pow Wow Drum’ on A Tribe Called Red Records
* Seu Jorge and Almaz ‘The Model’ on Now-Again Records

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Wishing you a Worldly Christmas

Posted on December 20th, 2012 in Recent posts by .

Want to get in the festive spirit without the aid of Cliff Richard and Slade? Then help is at hand, thanks to these timely new releases from around the world…
Belshazzar’s Feast Stocking Fillers
Darker and more brooding Xmas carols for those who like their feasting with a little more spice.

Bella Hardy Bright Morning Star
Folk numbers nestle with cheesy pop classics on this seasonal offering from the Derbyshire folk singer.
The Sweetback Sisters The Sweetback Sisters’ Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular
Good ol’ fiddling and harmony singing on a series of stateside country classics for the festive season.
Cerys Matthews Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Christmas Classics from…
All those Xmas classics – both Christian and otherwise – plus a nod to Wales with ‘Y Darlun.’

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band Carols & Capers
A ‘Best Of’ album full of the festive favourites and Renaissance instruments.

Gary US Bonds Christmas is ON!
Some Christmas cheer from the 73-year-old rhythm and blues man.



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