The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards are heading back to London next year and will include the launch of a hall of fame.
The 2014 event will take place on Wednesday, February 19 at the Royal Albert Hall having been held at the Lowry in Salford in 2012 and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall this year. Bellowhead, Suzanne Vega, Clannad and The Fisherman's Friends are already confirmed to perform, while the event will be hosted by Radio 2 Folk Show presenter Mark Radcliffe.
The show will also incorporate a newly-launched Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame, which will recognise the special contribution of an individual to folk music. The first inductee will be Cecil Sharp who Radio 2 said was widely regarded as being a key figure in laying the foundations for the modern folk revival in the early 20th Century.
Radio 2 specialist music editor Al Booth said: “As the country’s most prolific collector of folk music and dance, Cecil Sharp amassed a collection which includes songs and tunes that have been part of the fabric of English life for hundreds of years. Without his work the careers of Martin Carthy, Fairport Convention, Nic Jones and Kate Rusby might have been very different. It is fitting that he should be the first inductee into the Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame.”
The nominations for the 2014 event will be announced in Mark Radcliffe's Folk Show from 7pm this Wednesday (November 20) and will cover the categories: Folk Singer of the Year, Best Duo, Best Group, Best Album, Horizon Award, Musician of the Year, Best Original Song, Best Traditional Track and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Lifetime Achievement and Good Tradition awards will also be presented on the night.
Radio 2 and 6 Music controller Bob Shennan said: “Folk Music is an integral part of the BBC Radio 2 schedule. It is a much loved genre by our audience and we remain committed to bringing our listeners the widest possible range and choice of music. This year The Radio 2 Folk Awards reach an important milestone in their history. And what better way to celebrate their 15th anniversary than them taking place in the very special location that is the Royal Albert Hall. I’m sure it will be a night to remember.”
Mark Radcliffe added: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Folk Awards again this year, particularly on the event's 15th anniversary and in the very grand Royal Albert Hall. Folk music is in rude health, and we're all relishing the chance to make a big fuss about the genre's vibrancy, diversity and sheer quality."