BBC Radio 2 has announced the recipients of this year’s Lifetime Achievement awards.
The two prestigious accolades will be presented to Clannad and Martin Carthy at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 in a ceremony being held at the Royal Albert Hall on February 19. The Radio 2 Folk Awards celebrate an important milestone this year – marking their 15th anniversary.
Legendary Celtic band Clannad, who will also be performing at the awards, comprises siblings Moya, Ciaran and Pol Brennan, and their twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan. Their music mixes the traditional and the modern, the past and the future. The band’s record sales exceed fifteen million since release of their eponymous debut in 1973. Towards the end of the seventies they recruited their younger sister on piano and harmony vocals. She worked on two albums and embarked on several tours with them before going on to establish her own highly successful solo career as Enya.
“We are absolutely honoured to be recognised in this way by the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The BBC have been such great supporters of us since we first broke through in the UK with Theme From Harry’s Game. We are really looking forward to being part of the big night at the Royal Albert Hall.”
English folk singer Martin Carthy has remained one of the most influential figures in British traditional music. For more than 50 years he has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, and has recorded more than 40 albums, with only 10 of these being solo records. He has recorded with legendary bands including Steeleye Span, Brass Monkey and Imagined Village to name but a few.
Martin Carthy said:
“I’ve just been lucky enough to follow my heart and pretty much do what I want over the past 50 years or so. If, along the way, I’ve been able to play a part, however small, in keeping the traditional music of these islands alive, then I consider myself a fortunate man.”
Bob Shennan, Controller BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, said:
“The Radio 2 Folk Awards exist to celebrate the very best in folk music. Clannad and Martin Carthy have made magnificent contributions to Folk music over the years and are thoroughly deserving of these prestigious accolades. Many congratulations to them.”
In addition to the Lifetime Achievement Awards, Radio 2 has also announced that the Cambridge Folk Festival, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is being awarded the Good Tradition Award. This award is given to a person, group or organisation for their contribution to the preservation, dissemination and continuance/ progression of traditional music over a number of years.
Radio 2 has also confirmed that Martin Simpson, Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer and The Full English are set to perform on the night.
The awards ceremony at The Royal Albert Hall will see some of the biggest names in folk music come together under one roof to celebrate the UK’s thriving folk music scene.
The event will welcome a host of star guests, with Bellowhead, Suzanne Vega and The Fisherman’s Friends set to perform live on the night.
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 has had a lasting impression.
The first entrant to be inducted into the Hall of Fame is Cecil Sharp – widely regarded as being a key figure in having helped lay the foundations for the modern folk revival in the early 20th century.
The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards will be broadcast live on Radio 2 from 8pm, and in vision via the Red Button and online at bbc.co.uk/radio2, with video highlights to follow the next day. The audience can also follow the event and get involved via the Radio 2 website.
The full list of nominees in this year’s Radio 2 Folk Awards are:
Folk Singer of the Year
- Bella Hardy
- Fay Hield
- Lisa Knapp
- Lucy Ward
- Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson
- Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
- Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita
- Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
- The Full English
- Melrose Quartet
- Child Ballads – Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer
- The Full English – The Full English
- Hidden Seam – Lisa Knapp
- Vagrant Stanzas – Martin Simpson
- Won’t Be Long Now – Linda Thompson
- Olivia Chaney
- Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
- Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
- Georgia Ruth
Musician of the Year
- Aidan O’Rourke
- Will Pound
- Martin Simpson
- Sam Sweeney
Best Original Song
- Love’s For Babies and Fools – Linda Thompson
- None the Wiser – Chris Wood
- Swimming in the Longest River – Olivia Chaney
- Two Ravens – Lisa Knapp
Best Traditional Track
- Codi Angor – Georgia Ruth
- Les Bras de Mer – Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita
- Mary Macdonald’s – Rant
- Willie of Winsbury – Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer
BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award
- Hattie Briggs
- Gentlemen of Few
- Granny’s Attic
- The Mischa Macpherson Trio