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Donovan to be honoured at Radio 2 Folk Awards

Donovan to be honoured at Radio 2 Folk Awards

The event, which is now in its twelfth year, will be broadcast live for the first time, and go out following Simon Mayo's drivetime show on Radio 2.

Donovan will follow in the footsteps of previous recipients including James Taylor, Nanci Griffith, Christy Moore, John Martyn and Pentangle when his career is celebrated at the awards. He will perform acoustically on the night and is among an array of artist due to be honoured including shanty choir Fishermans' Friends - who will pick up the Good Tradition Award.

Among the most nominated acts are mother and daughter act Eliza Carthy & Norma Waterson who have been nominated three times - best duo, best album for Gift and best traditional track for Wayfaring Stranger. Meanwhile vocal trio Coope Boyes & Simpson have been nominated for best group and best album for As If...

The 2011 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominations are:

FOLK SINGER OF THE YEAR

Chris Wood

Heidi Talbot

Jon Boden

Kris Drever

BEST DUO

Chris While & Julie Matthews

Eliza Carthy & Norma Waterson

Megson

Nancy Kerr & James Fagan

BEST GROUP

Bellowhead

Breabach

Coope Boyes & Simpson

Fisherman's Friends

BEST ALBUM

As If... - Coope Boyes & Simpson

Gift - Eliza Carthy & Norma Waterson

Handmade Life - Chris Wood

Hedonism - Bellowhead

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Hollow Point - Chris Wood

Queen of Waters - Nancy Kerr (performed by Nancy Kerr & James Fagan)

Rambling Man - Laura Marling

Stick Stock - Emily Portman

BEST TRADITIONAL TRACK

New York Girls - Bellowhead

The Demon Lover - Andy Irvine

Poor Wayfaring Stranger - Eliza Carthy & Norma Waterson

Willie Taylor - Heidi Talbot

HORIZON AWARD

Emily Portman

Ewan McLennan

Fay Hield

Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

Andy Cutting

Brian Finnegan

Michael McGoldrick

Richard Thompson

BEST LIVE ACT

Bellowhead

Fiddlers' Bid

The Demon Barbers

The Unthanks

BBC RADIO 2 YOUNG FOLK AWARD

Adam Holmes

David Gibb & Elly Lucas

Mairi & Steaphanaidh Chaimbeul

Moore/Moss/Rutter

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