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Wed 19th Feb at 7:45pm
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
@ Royal Albert Hall, London
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BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards: Bellowhead + Suzanne Vega + Clannad + Fisherman's Friends + Martin Carthy + Eliza Carthy
The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards will celebrate their 15th anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall, with some of the biggest names in folk music coming together under one roof to celebrate the UK's thriving folk music scene.
This year's awards will see the addition of the Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame, recognising 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 will be Victorian song and dance collector Cecil Sharp - widely regarded as a key figure who helped lay the foundations for the first folk revival in the early 20th century.
Since their formation in 2004 Bellowhead have occupied a unique place in Britain's musical landscape. Wild, joyous, perverse, bold, crazy, full-blooded, intricate, fearless, funny, epic and mostly BIG, the mighty 11-piece Bellowhead blend folk, jazz, classical, disco and world music influences with English music and cabaret to stunning effect.
Playing more than 20 instruments between them with six vocalists, they deliver a heady brew that defies categorisation and have placed themselves at the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene while harnessing all the power and mystery of ancient English and European musical traditions.
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New York singer/songwriter, Suzanne hit the charts on both sides of the Atlantic in the mid-80s. Along with artists like Tracy Chapman, she set the groundwork for female singer/songwriters working a stylish literary folk genre. Her cool minimal sound and bitter-sweet lyrics continues to haunt the British music scene today.
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Grammy-award winning group, considered to be the unique voice of modern Irish music, touching on folk, rock, ambient, jazz and world.
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The Fisherman's Friends are shanty singers from Port Isaac who have delighted visitors and locals there for more than 15 years. The group mesh their voices in an incredibly rousing and joyful set of shanties and Cornish folk songs.
Each and every member of this unique group are or have been fishermen, lifeboat men and coastguards (as well as builders, artisans, hoteliers, and shop keepers) in Port Isaac. They’ve known each other since childhood and learnt their powerful brand of Cornish harmony singing at the local Methodist chapel – now the pottery of Fisherman's Friend Billy Hawkwins (baritone), where the group get together with a crate of ale and a good deal of bonhomie to rehearse their repertoire and try out new songs.
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Former member of Steeleye Span, The Albion Band and folk super group Band Of Hope, Martin Carthy was awarded the MBE in 1998 for services to folk music. Further credits include nurturing Bob Dylan, and giving his arrangement of 'Scarborough Fair' to Paul Simon. He's a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife Norma Waterson and daughter Eliza Carthy has resulted in more than 40 albums.
Martin Carthy tour dates
The daughter of Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson - and the new star of British folk - playing traditional English folk music at its best. Eliza breathes new life into England's traditional folk music with her witty and energetic repertoire. Eliza's band are: Eliza (fiddle, guitar, accordion, voice), Willy Molleson (drums), Emma Smith (double dass), Phil Alexander ( piano, accordion) and Bethany Porter (cello).
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Venue: Royal Albert Hall
Enquiries: 020 7589 8212
Bookings: 0845 401 5034
Seating Plan: View the Seating Plan
→ South Kensington 10 min walk
→ Gloucester Rd 11 min walk
→ Knightsbridge 13 min walk