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Radio 2 Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement recipients revealed

Tina Hart
BBC Radio 2

The Lifetime Achievement Awards recipients have been revealed for the 14th annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Shetland fiddler Aly Bain and English folk/rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Roy Harper will be given Lifetime Achievement Awards, as well as the author of one of the popular Scottish track Caledonia, Dougie MacLean, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Songwriting.

Musician Billy Bragg will receive the Roots Award - honoured in recognition of an outstanding contribution to folk music from a grass roots level upwards.

Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis will present the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013 live from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Wednesday, January 30 as part of the Celtic Connections festival. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Radio 2 from 7.30pm and highlights broadcast on BBC ALBA on Saturday, February 2 at 10pm.

Aly Bain, Roy Harper and Dougie Maclean will perform during the ceremony as well as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Billy Bragg and Scottish folk acts Treacherous Orchestra, Karine Polwart and Lau.

The event will also include the presentation of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, which is the network’s annual search for the most promising young folk act in the UK.

Drivetime presenter Simon Mayo will be broadcasting a programme live from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (5pm). And during the ceremony’s interval, he will be speaking to each of the four Young Folk Award nominees live in session, with special guest John McCusker.

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards will be broadcast live on Radio 2 from 7.30pm, via the Red Button and online at bbc.co.uk/radio2, with video highlights to follow the next day.

Bob Shennan, Controller BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, said: “The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards are an extremely important date in the annual music calendar. Folk music plays a key part in the Radio 2 schedule. We pride ourselves in bringing a wide range of distinctive content to our audience. In 2013, our commitment to folk music will be stronger than ever before.”

This year’s Folk Awards nominees are:

FOLK SINGER OF THE YEAR

• Nic Jones

• Sam Lee

• Jim Moray

• Karine Polwart

BEST DUO

• Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts

• Hannah James & Sam Sweeney

• O'Hooley & Tidow

• Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

BEST GROUP

• Bellowhead

• Lau

• Treacherous Orchestra

• The Unthanks

BEST ALBUM [Public vote with five nominees]

• Broadside – Bellowhead

• Ground Of Its Own - Sam Lee

• Race The Loser – Lau

• Skulk - Jim Moray

• Traces - Karine Polwart

The public vote for Best Album has now closed.

HORIZON AWARD

• Blair Dunlop

• Luke Jackson

• Maz O'Connor

• Rura

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

• Ross Ainslie

• Duncan Chisholm

• Sam Sweeney

• Kathryn Tickell

BBC RADIO 2 YOUNG FOLK AWARD

• Luke Jackson

• Graham Mackenzie & Ciorstaidh Beaton

• Thalla

• Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

BEST TRADITIONAL TRACK

• Lord Douglas by Jim Moray

• Tha Sneachd‘ air Druim Uachdair by Kathleen MacInnes

• Unknown Air by Duncan Chisholm

• Wild Wood Amber by Sam Lee

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

• Hatchlings by Emily Portman

• King of Birds by Karine Polwart

• Tailor by Anaïs Mitchell

• The Ballad of Andy Jacobs by Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

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