The polls have closed, the votes have been scrutinised and the numbers crunched so herewith: the results of the ‘Public Vote’ for the 2020 Folking awards. Thanks to everyone who participated – over 22500 votes were cast. Every one of the nominees made an impression on our writers either on record or on stage during 2019 and they are all stars to us. Without further ado, here are the top choices with percentage of the votes cast.
Soloist of the year – Eliza Carthy (29.9%)
Read more about Eliza Carthy here.
Best Duo – Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman (33.4%)
Read Kathryn and Sean’s biography here.
Best Band – Oysterband (37.75%)
Listen to Darren and Paul’s interview with Oysterband here.
Best Live Act – Merry Hell (37%)
In 2017 Merry Hell talked to Dai Jeffries about their history. Read his article here.
Best Album – Hill Of Beans by Ralph McTell (35.5%)
Read David Harley’s review of Hill Of Beans here.
Best Musician – Martin Simpson (32%)
Read a biography of Martin Simpson here.
Rising Star – Joshua Burnell (28.3%)
Read Joshua’s biography here.
Best International Artiste – The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams (46.3%)
Read a potted history of the Slambovians here (but don’t expect to be much the wiser).