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BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018 nominations announced

Mark Radcliffe will present the awards in Belfast.

Mark Radcliffe
Credit: Jason Joyce

The nominations for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018 have been announced by Mark Radcliffe on the Radio 2 Folk Show.

This year’s awards will be presented by Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis, at the Belfast Waterfront on Wednesday 4th April 2018. It will be the first time in the awards’ 19 years that it has been held in Northern Ireland.

Mark Radcliffe says: “I’m genuinely thrilled to be making my first ever visit to Belfast for the Folk Awards. I plan to spend a good few days absorbing the history and the culture and then what an honour it will be to take to the stage with home-grown legends Paul Brady and Cara Dillon – it promises to be a very special night.”

The awards show will include the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be announced at a later date. Performances on the evening will come from Cara Dillon, Paul Brady, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band and Lankum.

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The full list of nominations is:

Folk Singer of the Year
Cara Dillon
Julie Fowlis
Karine Polwart
Siobhan Miller

Best Duo
Chris Stout & Catriona McKay
O’Hooley & Tidow
Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton

Best Group
Elephant Sessions
Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band
Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

Best Album
Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band – Big Machine
Karine Polwart with Pippa Murphy – A Pocket of Wind Resistance
Lankum – Between the Earth and Sky
The Young’uns – Strangers

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Horizon Award
Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne
Georgia Lewis
Ryan Young

Musician of the Year
Martin Simpson
Mohsen Amini
Ross Ainslie
Tim Edey

Best Original Track
Be The Man – The Young’uns
Cân y cŵn – Gwyneth Glyn
The Granite Gaze – Lankum
The Great Saint Lawrence River – Declan O’Rourke

Best Traditional Track
Banks of Newfoundland – Siobhan Miller
Lisa Lân – Alaw
Lowlands of Holland – Ye Vagabonds
The Life of a Man / Greensleeves – Chris Foster

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award
Jack Warnock
Josiah & Ludwig
Mera Royle
The Drystones

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The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards will be simulcast live from 7.30-9.00pm on Radio 2 and BBC Radio Ulster, and after the show selected highlights will be available to watch at

Tickets are now available from


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