BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award

Mike Harding presents a documentary about the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, an integral part of his show for the past nine years that has showcased some of the finest emerging young musicians and singers.

Mike follows the journeys of some of the contestants from the first stage of sending in their entries, through to their participation in the semi-final and their performance in the final concert, held earlier this month at The Union Chapel in Islington, London.

The BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award attracts many entries each year from budding folk performers aged between 15 and 20, from far-flung corners of the British Isles, and these are whittled down to a final six acts following a hotly contested semi-final.

The semi-final weekend is a series of masterclasses and workshops focusing on all aspects of being a professional folk artist, culminating in an evening concert, in which judges look for potential as well as a polished performance.

At stake for the winner is a session for Mike's show and an automatic slot at three of the most important folk festivals in the country.

The finalists this year are:

David Delarre, a 20-year-old guitarist from Essex whose style has been compared to that of folk greats Bert Jansch and John Renbourn.

Ewen and Megan Henderson, a brother and sister fiddle and piano duo from Fort William in the Highlands.

Last Orders, a four-piece from Cumbria and Northumberland, all former members of Kathryn Tickell's Folkestra.

Ruth Notman and Bryony Bainbridge, a guitar, violin and vocal duo, both 17, from Nottinghamshire who perform a mix of traditional and self-penned songs.

Wilber, a 15-year-old acoustic blues and slide guitarist from Oxfordshire.

Ryan Young, a 15-year-old traditional Scottish fiddler from Loch Lomond.

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Mike Harding presents a documentary about the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, an integral part of his show for the past nine years that has showcased some of the finest emerging young musicians and singers.

Mike follows the journeys of some of the contestants from the first stage of sending in their entries, through to their participation in the semi-final and their performance in the final concert, held earlier this month at The Union Chapel in Islington, London.

The BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award attracts many entries each year from budding folk performers aged between 15 and 20, from far-flung corners of the British Isles, and these are whittled down to a final six acts following a hotly contested semi-final.

The semi-final weekend is a series of masterclasses and workshops focusing on all aspects of being a professional folk artist, culminating in an evening concert, in which judges look for potential as well as a polished performance.

At stake for the winner is a session for Mike's show and an automatic slot at three of the most important folk festivals in the country.

The finalists this year are:

David Delarre, a 20-year-old guitarist from Essex whose style has been compared to that of folk greats Bert Jansch and John Renbourn.

Ewen and Megan Henderson, a brother and sister fiddle and piano duo from Fort William in the Highlands.

Last Orders, a four-piece from Cumbria and Northumberland, all former members of Kathryn Tickell's Folkestra.

Ruth Notman and Bryony Bainbridge, a guitar, violin and vocal duo, both 17, from Nottinghamshire who perform a mix of traditional and self-penned songs.

Wilber, a 15-year-old acoustic blues and slide guitarist from Oxfordshire.

Ryan Young, a 15-year-old traditional Scottish fiddler from Loch Lomond.

20061213

Mike Harding presents a documentary about the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, an integral part of his show for the past nine years that has showcased some of the finest emerging young musicians and singers.

Mike follows the journeys of some of the contestants from the first stage of sending in their entries, through to their participation in the semi-final and their performance in the final concert, held earlier this month at The Union Chapel in Islington, London.

The BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award attracts many entries each year from budding folk performers aged between 15 and 20, from far-flung corners of the British Isles, and these are whittled down to a final six acts following a hotly contested semi-final.

The semi-final weekend is a series of masterclasses and workshops focusing on all aspects of being a professional folk artist, culminating in an evening concert, in which judges look for potential as well as a polished performance.

At stake for the winner is a session for Mike's show and an automatic slot at three of the most important folk festivals in the country.

The finalists this year are:

David Delarre, a 20-year-old guitarist from Essex whose style has been compared to that of folk greats Bert Jansch and John Renbourn.

Ewen and Megan Henderson, a brother and sister fiddle and piano duo from Fort William in the Highlands.

Last Orders, a four-piece from Cumbria and Northumberland, all former members of Kathryn Tickell's Folkestra.

Ruth Notman and Bryony Bainbridge, a guitar, violin and vocal duo, both 17, from Nottinghamshire who perform a mix of traditional and self-penned songs.

Wilber, a 15-year-old acoustic blues and slide guitarist from Oxfordshire.

Ryan Young, a 15-year-old traditional Scottish fiddler from Loch Lomond.Mike Harding presents a documentary about the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, an integral part of his show for the past nine years that has showcased some of the finest emerging young musicians and singers.

The BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award attracts many entries each year from budding folk performers aged between 15 and 20, from far-flung corners of the British Isles, and these are whittled down to a final six acts following a hotly contested semi-final. The semi-final weekend is a series of masterclasses and workshops focusing on all aspects of being a professional folk artist, culminating in an evening concert, in which judges look for potential as well as a polished performance.

Ryan Young, a 15-year-old traditional Scottish fiddler from Loch Lomond.