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20050216

Mike Harding and Mary Ann Kennedy present highlights of the sixth Folk Awards show, with performances from Steeleye Span, Martin Carthy and Karine Polwart.

20050216

Mike Harding and Mary Ann Kennedy present highlights of the sixth Folk Awards show, with performances from Steeleye Span, Martin Carthy and Karine Polwart.

20060208

Mike Harding presents highlights from the seventh BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards held at the Brewery, London, with a glittering line-up of performers and celebrity presenters.

20060208

Mike Harding presents highlights from the seventh BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards held at the Brewery, London, with a glittering line-up of performers and celebrity presenters.

20070207

Mike Harding presents highlights of the 2007 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ceremony from The Brewery in London.

Highlights include a reunion of the 1960s folk supergroup Pentangle, music from Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, the 11-piece folk big band Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman, Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick and a special appearance by Roseanne Cash.

Guest presenters include Nick Park, Louis De Bernieres, Andrew Motion, Bill Oddie and Lembit Opik.

20070207

Mike Harding presents highlights of the 2007 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ceremony from The Brewery in London.

Highlights include a reunion of the 1960s folk supergroup Pentangle, music from Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, the 11-piece folk big band Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman, Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick and a special appearance by Roseanne Cash.

Guest presenters include Nick Park, Louis De Bernieres, Andrew Motion, Bill Oddie and Lembit Opik.

20110207

On Monday 7th February Mike Harding and Barbara Dickson co-hosted the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Now in their 12th year, the awards celebrate the UK's vibrant folk scene, and achievements from the past 12 months, and honour outstanding lifetime contributions.

Live from The Brewery in London on 7th February Simon Mayo previewed the awards, including live performances from duo nominees Chris While and Julie Matthews and a capella trio Coope, Boyes and Simpson. At 7.45 nominees Bellowhead opened the awards ceremony with a live performance of New York Girls.

Other nominees this year included singer-songwriter Chris Wood who was shortlisted for Folk Singer of the Year, Best Album and Best Original Song for the affecting ballad Hollow Point. A debut duo album for mother and daughter Eliza Carthy and Norma Waterson helped them to win three nominations this year - Best Duo, Best Album for Gift and Best Traditional Track for Wayfaring Stranger.

And there were several artists this year receiving their first Folk Award nominations: Irish singer Heidi Talbot, twice Mercury-nominated talent Laura Marling, and Cornish shanty choir Fisherman's Friends - who made history in 2010 with the first ever album of traditional folk music to enter the top 10 of the network album charts.

Donovan, an artist who has influenced generations of musicians and music fans alike, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award and there were also live performances from folk superstar Kate Rusby and festival favourites The Levellers. Guest presenters included actress Tamsin Greig, BBC Radio 2 presenter Mark Radcliffe and best-selling novelist Joanna Trollope.

Mike Harding and Barbara Dickson present the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Now in their 12th year, the awards celebrate the UK's vibrant folk scene, and achievements from the past 12 months, and honour outstanding lifetime contributions.

This year's event also includes the presentation of the Radio 2 Young Folk Award, an annual search for the most promising young folk artist in the UK.

From 7.00pm, Simon Mayo previews the awards, live from The Brewery in London.

He will be talking to nominees, presenters and performers, before crossing to the stage where Mike Harding and Barbara Dickson get the ceremony underway at 7.45pm.

This year, exuberant folk big band Bellowhead are leading the way with four nominations, following the release last year of their album Hedonism, which was recorded at the iconic Abbey Road studios and produced by John Leckie.

They are nominated in the categories Best Group, Best Live Act, Best Album for Hedonism and Best Traditional Track for New York Girls.

Their frontman, Jon Boden, is also nominated in the Folk Singer of the Year category.

Making his mark once again on the Radio 2 Folk Awards, after winning two awards in 2009, Chris Wood is shortlisted for Folk Singer of the Year, Best Album for Handmade Life and Best Original Song for the affecting ballad Hollow Point.

A debut duo album for mother and daughter Eliza Carthy and Norma Waterson helps them to win three nominations this year - Best Duo, Best Album for Gift and Best Traditional Track for Wayfaring Stranger.

Vocal trio Coope Boyes and Simpson, meanwhile, pick up nominations for Best Group and Best Album for As If...

And there are several artists this year receiving their first Folk Award nominations: Irish singer Heidi Talbot is nominated for Folk Singer of the Year and Best Traditional Track for Willie Taylor, the twice Mercury-nominated talent Laura Marling is nominated for Best Original Song for Rambling Man; and Cornish shanty choir Fisherman's Friends - who made history in 2010 with the first ever album of traditional folk music to enter the top 10 of the network album charts - are nominated for Best Group.

Donovan, an artist who has influenced generations of musicians and music fans alike, will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award and will perform an acoustic version of one of his classic songs.

There will also be live performances from exuberant big band Bellowhead, folk superstar Kate Rusby, festival favourites The Levellers, Chris Wood and Fisherman's Friends.

Guest presenters include actress Tamsin Greig, BBC Radio 2 presenter Mark Radcliffe and best-selling novelist Joanna Trollope who included a reference to the Radio 2 Folk Awards in one of her books.

The ceremony will be streamed live online and on the BBC Red Button from 7.45pm - 10pm.

20110207

On Monday 7th February Mike Harding and Barbara Dickson co-hosted the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Now in their 12th year, the awards celebrate the UK's vibrant folk scene, and achievements from the past 12 months, and honour outstanding lifetime contributions.

Live from The Brewery in London on 7th February Simon Mayo previewed the awards, including live performances from duo nominees Chris While and Julie Matthews and a capella trio Coope, Boyes and Simpson. At 7.45 nominees Bellowhead opened the awards ceremony with a live performance of New York Girls.

Other nominees this year included singer-songwriter Chris Wood who was shortlisted for Folk Singer of the Year, Best Album and Best Original Song for the affecting ballad Hollow Point. A debut duo album for mother and daughter Eliza Carthy and Norma Waterson helped them to win three nominations this year - Best Duo, Best Album for Gift and Best Traditional Track for Wayfaring Stranger.

And there were several artists this year receiving their first Folk Award nominations: Irish singer Heidi Talbot, twice Mercury-nominated talent Laura Marling, and Cornish shanty choir Fisherman's Friends - who made history in 2010 with the first ever album of traditional folk music to enter the top 10 of the network album charts.

Donovan, an artist who has influenced generations of musicians and music fans alike, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award and there were also live performances from folk superstar Kate Rusby and festival favourites The Levellers. Guest presenters included actress Tamsin Greig, BBC Radio 2 presenter Mark Radcliffe and best-selling novelist Joanna Trollope.

Mike Harding and Barbara Dickson present the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Now in their 12th year, the awards celebrate the UK's vibrant folk scene, and achievements from the past 12 months, and honour outstanding lifetime contributions.

This year's event also includes the presentation of the Radio 2 Young Folk Award, an annual search for the most promising young folk artist in the UK.

From 7.00pm, Simon Mayo previews the awards, live from The Brewery in London.

He will be talking to nominees, presenters and performers, before crossing to the stage where Mike Harding and Barbara Dickson get the ceremony underway at 7.45pm.

This year, exuberant folk big band Bellowhead are leading the way with four nominations, following the release last year of their album Hedonism, which was recorded at the iconic Abbey Road studios and produced by John Leckie.

They are nominated in the categories Best Group, Best Live Act, Best Album for Hedonism and Best Traditional Track for New York Girls.

Their frontman, Jon Boden, is also nominated in the Folk Singer of the Year category.

Making his mark once again on the Radio 2 Folk Awards, after winning two awards in 2009, Chris Wood is shortlisted for Folk Singer of the Year, Best Album for Handmade Life and Best Original Song for the affecting ballad Hollow Point.

A debut duo album for mother and daughter Eliza Carthy and Norma Waterson helps them to win three nominations this year - Best Duo, Best Album for Gift and Best Traditional Track for Wayfaring Stranger.

Vocal trio Coope Boyes and Simpson, meanwhile, pick up nominations for Best Group and Best Album for As If...

And there are several artists this year receiving their first Folk Award nominations: Irish singer Heidi Talbot is nominated for Folk Singer of the Year and Best Traditional Track for Willie Taylor, the twice Mercury-nominated talent Laura Marling is nominated for Best Original Song for Rambling Man; and Cornish shanty choir Fisherman's Friends - who made history in 2010 with the first ever album of traditional folk music to enter the top 10 of the network album charts - are nominated for Best Group.

Donovan, an artist who has influenced generations of musicians and music fans alike, will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award and will perform an acoustic version of one of his classic songs.

There will also be live performances from exuberant big band Bellowhead, folk superstar Kate Rusby, festival favourites The Levellers, Chris Wood and Fisherman's Friends.

Guest presenters include actress Tamsin Greig, BBC Radio 2 presenter Mark Radcliffe and best-selling novelist Joanna Trollope who included a reference to the Radio 2 Folk Awards in one of her books.

The ceremony will be streamed live online and on the BBC Red Button from 7.45pm - 10pm.

201220120208

Mike Harding and Scottish singer and broadcaster Julie Fowlis present the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, live from The Lowry in Salford.

Now in its 13th year, the Folk Awards celebrate the UK's vibrant folk scene and its achievements over the past 12 months, as well as giving special awards to honour outstanding lifetime contributions. This year, those awards will go to The Dubliners and Don McLean.

The Dubliners formed in the back room of a Dublin pub in 1962 and, in doing so, changed the face of Irish music forever. Their ongoing 50-year career has seen them score top ten UK hits twenty years apart, and their definitive versions of The Wild Rover, Whiskey In The Jar and Finnegan's Wake go some way to explaining their great influence and enduring popularity.

Don McLean, from New York state, is responsible for some of the best-loved songs of the last century. Vincent, And I Love You So, and American Pie are among the finest songs ever written and the latter was ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as the 5th most significant song of the 20th century.

Both The Dubliners and Don McLean will perform live at the Folk Awards. There will also be performances from the The Dubliners' compatriot Christy Moore and from English folk stars Martin Simpson and Seth Lakeman. Northumbrian group The Unthanks will perform alongside the Brighouse & Rastrick Band, and one of English folk's great voices, June Tabor, will perform with her long-time collaborators Oysterband.

Guest presenters will include popular comedians Ed Byrne and Jeremy Hardy, Doves' lead singer Jimi Goodwin, acclaimed English actor Jack Shepherd and BBC broadcasters Stuart Maconie and Paul Gambaccini.

The event also includes the presentation of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, which is the network's annual search for the most promising young folk act in the UK. During the ceremony's interval, Mark Radcliffe will present a special backstage show featuring each of the four Young Folk Award nominees live in session.

You'll be able to watch the Radio 2 Folk Awards live online at bbc.co.uk/radio2, and on the BBC's Red Button Service from 7.30 - 10pm.

The Rocky Road To Dublin, an hour-long documentary about The Dubliners' 50-year career presented by Mark Radcliffe, will follow the Folk Awards ceremony at 10pm, completing an evening dedicated to folk, roots and acoustic music on Radio 2.

Mike Harding and Julie Fowlis present the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

201220120208

Mike Harding and Scottish singer and broadcaster Julie Fowlis present the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, live from The Lowry in Salford.

Now in its 13th year, the Folk Awards celebrate the UK's vibrant folk scene and its achievements over the past 12 months, as well as giving special awards to honour outstanding lifetime contributions. This year, those awards will go to The Dubliners and Don McLean.

The Dubliners formed in the back room of a Dublin pub in 1962 and, in doing so, changed the face of Irish music forever. Their ongoing 50-year career has seen them score top ten UK hits twenty years apart, and their definitive versions of The Wild Rover, Whiskey In The Jar and Finnegan's Wake go some way to explaining their great influence and enduring popularity.

Don McLean, from New York state, is responsible for some of the best-loved songs of the last century. Vincent, And I Love You So, and American Pie are among the finest songs ever written and the latter was ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as the 5th most significant song of the 20th century.

Both The Dubliners and Don McLean will perform live at the Folk Awards. There will also be performances from the The Dubliners' compatriot Christy Moore and from English folk stars Martin Simpson and Seth Lakeman. Northumbrian group The Unthanks will perform alongside the Brighouse & Rastrick Band, and one of English folk's great voices, June Tabor, will perform with her long-time collaborators Oysterband.

Guest presenters will include popular comedians Ed Byrne and Jeremy Hardy, Doves' lead singer Jimi Goodwin, acclaimed English actor Jack Shepherd and BBC broadcasters Stuart Maconie and Paul Gambaccini.

The event also includes the presentation of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, which is the network's annual search for the most promising young folk act in the UK. During the ceremony's interval, Mark Radcliffe will present a special backstage show featuring each of the four Young Folk Award nominees live in session.

You'll be able to watch the Radio 2 Folk Awards live online at bbc.co.uk/radio2, and on the BBC's Red Button Service from 7.30 - 10pm.

The Rocky Road To Dublin, an hour-long documentary about The Dubliners' 50-year career presented by Mark Radcliffe, will follow the Folk Awards ceremony at 10pm, completing an evening dedicated to folk, roots and acoustic music on Radio 2.

Mike Harding and Julie Fowlis present the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

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201401Bbc Radio 2 Folk Awards20140219

Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis present the 15th annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, live from London's Royal Albert Hall. Featuring live music performances and special guest presenters.

The Folk Awards ceremony celebrates the folk scene and its achievements over the past 12 months, as well as giving special awards to honour outstanding lifetime contributions. This year, those awards will go to artists including English musician Martin Carthy and popular Irish group Clannad.

Martin - with daughter Eliza Carthy - and Clannad will both perform live during this year's show, as will New York songwriter Suzanne Vega and remarkable big band Bellowhead. Cornish shanty choir Fisherman's Friends will also sing live after a long absence from UK stages.

Martin Carthy is one of the most influential musicians ever to have worked with traditional music. Responsible for song arrangements that inspired Bob Dylan and Paul Simon - Carthy's version of Scarborough Fair was famously adopted by Simon - and a highly distinctive guitar style, he has spent more than 50 years as a vital force on the British folk scene. As well as his work as a solo artist, his contributions have included his duo with Dave Swarbrick, membership of The Watersons and later Waterson:Carthy, a stint in Steeleye Span, the formation of pioneering folk-brass band Brass Monkey and a key role in multi-cultural project The Imagined Village.

Clannad were formed in 1970 as a family band in rural Donegal. Siblings Ciaran, Pol, and Moya Brennan and their two twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan began performing in the family pub. Younger Brennan sister Enya, who left to pursue a successful solo career in 1981, was also a member of the group. During the 1980s, thanks largely to their popular work on the music for TV series Harry's Game and Robin of Sherwood, Clannad became one of the world's most successful and enduring exponents of Irish-language song.

This year's awards will see the addition of a new element - the Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame will recognise the special contribution of an individual to the world of folk music - someone whose impact and influence made a lasting impression.

The first entrant to be inducted into the Hall of Fame is Cecil Sharp - widely regarded as a key figure in laying the foundations for the modern folk revival in the early 20th century.

Tonight's event also includes the presentation of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, which is the network's annual search for the most promising young folk act in the UK. During the ceremony's interval, Simon Mayo will present a special on air backstage show featuring each of the four Young Folk Award nominees live in session, with special guest Jon Boden.

The Folk Awards ceremony will be streamed live on the BBC Radio 2 website and on the BBC Red Button channel from 8 - 10.30pm.

201401Bbc Radio 2 Folk Awards20140219

Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis present the 15th annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, live from London's Royal Albert Hall. Featuring live music performances and special guest presenters.

The Folk Awards ceremony celebrates the folk scene and its achievements over the past 12 months, as well as giving special awards to honour outstanding lifetime contributions. This year, those awards will go to artists including English musician Martin Carthy and popular Irish group Clannad.

Martin - with daughter Eliza Carthy - and Clannad will both perform live during this year's show, as will New York songwriter Suzanne Vega and remarkable big band Bellowhead. Cornish shanty choir Fisherman's Friends will also sing live after a long absence from UK stages.

Martin Carthy is one of the most influential musicians ever to have worked with traditional music. Responsible for song arrangements that inspired Bob Dylan and Paul Simon - Carthy's version of Scarborough Fair was famously adopted by Simon - and a highly distinctive guitar style, he has spent more than 50 years as a vital force on the British folk scene. As well as his work as a solo artist, his contributions have included his duo with Dave Swarbrick, membership of The Watersons and later Waterson:Carthy, a stint in Steeleye Span, the formation of pioneering folk-brass band Brass Monkey and a key role in multi-cultural project The Imagined Village.

Clannad were formed in 1970 as a family band in rural Donegal. Siblings Ciaran, Pol, and Moya Brennan and their two twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan began performing in the family pub. Younger Brennan sister Enya, who left to pursue a successful solo career in 1981, was also a member of the group. During the 1980s, thanks largely to their popular work on the music for TV series Harry's Game and Robin of Sherwood, Clannad became one of the world's most successful and enduring exponents of Irish-language song.

This year's awards will see the addition of a new element - the Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame will recognise the special contribution of an individual to the world of folk music - someone whose impact and influence made a lasting impression.

The first entrant to be inducted into the Hall of Fame is Cecil Sharp - widely regarded as a key figure in laying the foundations for the modern folk revival in the early 20th century.

Tonight's event also includes the presentation of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, which is the network's annual search for the most promising young folk act in the UK. During the ceremony's interval, Simon Mayo will present a special on air backstage show featuring each of the four Young Folk Award nominees live in session, with special guest Jon Boden.

The Folk Awards ceremony will be streamed live on the BBC Radio 2 website and on the BBC Red Button channel from 8 - 10.30pm.