BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards were announced last night on Mark Radcliffe’s Folk Show. The Awards show will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 27 April where artists including Sam Lee, Joan Armatrading and The Unthanks are set to perform with more acts to be confirmed.

This year, the legendary Sandy Denny will be inducted into the Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame which exists to recognise the special contribution of an individual to the world of folk music. The awards show will also include the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the recipients of which will be announced at a later date.

Making the announcement, Mark Radcliffe said:
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be back at the Royal Albert Hall which promises a huge sense of occasion for the Folk Awards. There will be many highlights but I can’t wait to hear The Unthanks singing in there. The nominees are a real mix of well established artists and some sparky newcomers – so the winners are very hard to predict this year which always adds to the excitement. The album category in particular is probably the strongest for many years. Can’t wait!”

You can find the full list of nominees in each category below and vote for your choice in the Best Folk Album category here.

FOLK SINGER OF THE YEAR

  • Eliza Carthy
  • Rhiannon Giddens
  • Sam Lee
  • Emily Portman

BEST DUO

  • Gilmore & Roberts
  • Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
  • Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
  • Marry Waterson & David A. Jaycock

BEST GROUP

  • Leveret
  • Lynched
  • Stick In The Wheel
  • The Young’uns

BEST ALBUM

  • Damien O’Kane – Areas of High Traffic
  • Lynched – Cold Old Fire
  • The Unthanks – Mount The Air
  • False Lights – Salvor
  • Show of Hands – The Long Way Home

HORIZON AWARD

  • Rosie Hood
  • Sam Kelly
  • Lynched
  • The Rheingans Sisters

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

  • Ross Ainslie
  • Andy Cutting
  • Richard Thompson
  • Dan Walsh

BEST ORIGINAL TRACK

  • The Rheingans Sisters – Mackerel
  • Marry Waterson & David A. Jaycock – Sing Me Into Your Tune
  • Rufus & Martha Wainwright – Sweet Thames, Flow Softly
  • Spiro – The Vapourer

BEST TRADITIONAL TRACK

  • Sam Lee – Lovely Molly
  • Ghazalaw – Moliannwn
  • Stick In The Wheel – Seven Gypsies
  • The Furrow Collective – The Unquiet Grave

BBC RADIO 2 YOUNG FOLK AWARD

  • Causeway Trio
  • Brighde Chaimbeul
  • Jack Cookson
  • Benammi Swift