Songlines | BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018 winners announced
06 April 2018

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018 winners announced

By Jo Frost

Folk stars congregate in Belfast for the annual awards ceremony

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Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis ©BBC

This year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards travelled to Northern Ireland for the first time in its 19 year history, with a live ceremony at Belfast’s Waterfront concert hall presented by the ever-entertaining duo of Radio 2 Folk Show host Mark Radcliffe and Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis.

The evening featured some stellar live performances, kicking off with Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band who were nominated for Best Group and Album. Naturally there was a strong Irish musical presence, with music from Cara Dillon, Lankum, Dónal Lunny, Paul Brady and the Armagh Pipers Club. Another Irish musical legend was also in attendance – Van Morrison, who presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to musician and producer Dónal Lunny.

Lewis Carnie, the head of Radio 2 said: ‘The Radio 2 Folk Awards is an annual celebration of the thriving folk music scene – supporting both established and burgeoning folk musicians – and part of our specialist music content that Radio 2 is proud to broadcast across the year.’

The full list of winners:

FOLK SINGER OF THE YEAR 
Karine Polwart

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR 
Mohsen Amini

BEST GROUP 
Lankum

BEST DUO 
Chris Stout & Catriona McKay

BEST ALBUM 
Strangers by The Young’uns

HORIZON AWARD 
Ímar

BEST TRADITIONAL TRACK 
Banks of Newfoundland by Siobhan Miller

BEST ORIGINAL TRACK
The Granite Gaze by Lankum

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 
Dónal Lunny

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Nick Drake

YOUNG FOLK AWARD 
Mera Royle

GOOD TRADITION AWARD 
Armagh Pipers Club

You can listen to the programme on BBC iPlayer and selected highlights are available to watch at bbc.co.uk/radio2

 

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