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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 .

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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: Anäis Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer – Child Ballads

Posted on February 24th, 2013 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Words by Tim Cumming

Ancient English folklore as heard by American ears

There’s power in the cross-traffic of Americans interpreting British traditional music. And vice versa. Bob Dylan’s big early songs took a lot from the old ballads collected by Francis Child – and Mitchell and Hamer’s gorgeous setting of seven big Child ballads is superlative. Recorded live in a Nashville studio with a few friends – fiddler Brittany Haas from Crooked Still and accordionist Tim Lauer augment their close vocal harmonies and acoustic guitar work – it’s an album that removes all the tarnish from the magic mirror of these great songs. Their voices illuminate the songs and make them vivid and fresh, though their arrangements draw strongly on the wonderful recordings by Martin Carthy from Crown of Horn and others. These are songs of love, murder, politics, magic, witchcraft, sex and faery lore.

And while the likes of ‘Tam Lin’ and ‘Geordie’ may well be extremely familiar to lovers of traditional music, these versions give them a dramatic clarity; their exotic weirdness is captured in glorious aural colours. It’s fascinating to hear how close they cleave to the storytelling imperative of the ballads. Often, contemporary British artists tackle the same repertoire with a desire to innovate and surprise rather then tell. Here, the tight, emotive harmonies and spare settings bring these stories and characters to living, breathing life. ‘Sir Patrick Spens’ rises and falls with each line, while the opening ‘Willy of Winsbury’ is sung with unadorned directness.

TRACK TO TRY: Willie of Winsbury

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Joe Boyd’s playlist and the 10 best new releases in the March 2013 issue of Songlines (#90)

Posted on January 31st, 2013 in News, Recent posts, Reviews by .

The March 2013 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from tomorrow and 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 American record producer and writer, Joe Boyd.

The Top of the World CD features tracks from American duo Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer; Malian ngoni star Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba; Italian troubadour Vinicio Capossela; energetic Finnish fiddling from Frigg; Senegalese musical ambassador Abdou Diop; New York bluegrass group The Dust Busters with John Cohen and the youthful We Banjo 3, among others.

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

* Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni ba ‘Ne Me Fatigue Pas’ on Out Here Records
* Nicolas Repac ‘Chain Gang Blues’ on No Format
* Frigg ‘Vierivä’ on Frigg Ltd
* Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer ‘Willie’s Lady (Child 6)’ on Wilderland Records
* Ballaké Sissoko ‘Asa Branca’ on No Format
* We Banjo 3 ‘Over the Waterfall/Liberty Polka’ on We Banjo 3
* Abdou Diop ‘Kodo’ on Sterns 
* Vinicio Capossela ‘Abbandonato’ on Ponderose Music & Art
* The Dust Busters with John Cohen ‘The Honest Farmer’ on Smithsonian Folkways 
* Arifa ‘Maktub’ on Mundus Production

Plus Joe Boyd’s playlist:

* Carlos Gardel ‘Mano a Mano’ on Nimbus Records
* Toots & the Maytals ‘Premature’ on Island Records
* Étoile de Dakar featuring Youssou N’Dour ‘Jalo’ on Sterns
* Detty Kurnia ‘Sorban Palid’ on Riverboat Records
* Forro in the Dark ‘Asa Branca’ on Nublu Records

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March 2013 issue of Songlines (#90) is on sale in the UK from Feb 1

Posted on January 30th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

The March 2013 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from February 1 and 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 American record producer and writer Joe Boyd. 

The Top of the World CD includes tracks from American duo Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer; Malian ngoni star Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba; Italian troubadour Vinicio Capossela; energetic Finnish fiddling from Frigg; long-established kora player Ballaké Sissoko and French DJ and producer Nicolas Repac.

 

 

 

 

The main editorial features include:

Features
• Goran Bregovic – Philip Sweeney talks to the Balkan superstar about Gypsy music and why opinions about his success remain divided.
• Guide to Chanson – The official Songlines Guide to the artists and history of French chanson.
• Music and Food – In support of Refugee Action’s upcoming World Food Night, four musicians share their favourite food-related songs and recipes.
• Hip-hop Debate – Writers Rose Skelton and Nigel Williamson go head-to-head on the subject of global hip-hop.
• Enzo Avitabile – Simon Broughton goes on set with the Neapolitan musicians Enzo Avitabile and director Jonathan Demme.

Regulars
• Beginner’s Guide to the Oysterband.
• Festival Profile: Tong Tong.
• Postcard from Jharkland, India.
• Backpage from Rio de Janeiro.
• My World – record producer and writer Joe Boyd.
• Grooves – American singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, Cape Verdean vocalist Carmen Souza and guitarist, producer and DJ Nicolas Repac.
• News, including the Nile Project and Birds Eye View film festival.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and world cinema releases.

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