06 April 2018
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018 winners announced
By Jo Frost
Folk stars congregate in Belfast for the annual awards ceremony
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
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Chris Stout & Catriona McKay
Strangers by The Young’uns
BEST TRADITIONAL TRACK
Banks of Newfoundland by Siobhan Miller
BEST ORIGINAL TRACK
The Granite Gaze by Lankum
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
YOUNG FOLK AWARD
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.