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BBC Folk Awards 2015 – The Album

Folk Awards 2015A 2 CD set featuring 27 nominated artists for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards plus nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2015 has been released on Proper Music Distribution

The Folk Awards on April 22nd were hosted by Radio 2 Folk Show presenter Mark Radcliffe alongside Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis.  Other performers were modern folk rock band The Rails who were nominated in the Best Album and Horizon Award category for the best emerging act and London based duo Josienne Clark and Ben Walker, singing from their nominated Best Album Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour. The pair were also nominated in the Best Duo category. Welsh folk band 9Bach, who sang in Welsh, and English folk singer Kate Rusby also performed.

The evening also saw singer, songwriter, record producer, playwright, actor and political activist Ewan MacColl inducted into the Radio 2 Folk Award Hall of Fame. MacColl played a vital role in instigating the folk song revival in Britain and is perhaps best known for his much covered songs ‘Dirty Old Town’ and ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’. Throughout his career MacColl produced around 300 songs and scores of albums and 2015 marks the centenary of his birth.

The Radio 2 Folk show has a weekly audience of 812,000 listeners and BBC Radio 2 has weekly reach of 15.3 million. Listeners can watch highlights of the awards on BBC iPlayer for 30 days after the event and also at a later date on Red Button. For more details head to

The list of winners is as follows:

Best Duo - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Best Traditional Track - Samhradh Samhradh – The Gloaming
Horizon Award  - The Rails
Best Original Song  - Swim To The Star – Peggy Seeger/Calum MacColl 
Bbc Radio 2 Young Folk Award - Talisk
Musician Of The Year - Sam Sweeney
Best Album  - Tincian by 9Bach
Best Group  - The Young 'Uns
Folk Singer Of The Year  - Nancy Kerr

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