Martin Simpson Announces New Album Trails & Tribulation

Martin Simpson
Image Courtesy of Martin Simpson

Legendary folk singer and guitarist Martin Simpson has announced plans to release his new album Trails & Tribulation on the 1st September.

The album, produced by Andy Bell, is Simpson’s 20th solo outing and featuring collaborations with Ben Nicholls, Toby Kearney, Nancy Kerr, Andy Cutting, John Smith, Helen Bell, Amy Newhouse-Smith and Molly Simpson.

Trails & Tribulation is a collection of traditional and contemporary songs and poems built around the theme of nature, travel and real life stories.

Check out the full track listing for Trails & Tribulation below along with Martin Simpson’s version of “Blues Run The Game”:

1. Blues Run The Game
2. Bones & Feathers
3. Thomas Drew
4. East Kentucky
5. Katherine Of Aragon Interlude
6. A Ballad For Katherine Of Aragon
7. Maps
8. St. James Hospital
9. Jasper’s/Dancing Shoes
10. Ridgeway
11. Rufford Park Poachers
12. Reynardine Interlude
13. Reynardine

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 25th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney based singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin released her new video “Pool Party”. Details here

Matthew and the Atlas released their new video “Temple”. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Ariela Jacobs released her new video “Lost”. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Jake Bugg announced details of his upcoming album On My Own. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance announced his upcoming album The Wild Swan. Details here

William Fitzsimmons released his new video “Hear Your Heart”. Details here

– Seminal newgrass band Punch Brothers announced Australian tour dates. Details here

– Singers Neko Case, K.D. Lang, and Laura Veirs have announced a collaborative album case/lang/veirs. Details here

Vance Joy released his new video “Straight Into Your Arms”. Details here

Interviews

“I think what makes The National special for me is the way it homages and appreciates the raw, grass roots qualities of folk and traditional music, presenting it all with great respect on both big and small stages. The level of knowledge, friendliness and depth with which the audience throws itself into proceedings is second to none, at least as far as I’ve experienced at festivals around the world”Nancy Kerr chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I did write a pop song. I wanted it to be accessible to a wider audience. I wrote three songs last year and that was one of them – they all kind of have this pop sensibility”Sian Evans chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We’re trying to be miles away from the play-louder-than-the-pub kind of band, which I’ve definitely done in the past but it gets kind of exhausting. These days we hope to invite people in rather than try to compete with them” – Sam King from Burrows chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“It’s the last arena where you go to see an act and straight away go and talk to the person who’s just played and take a bit home with you. It’s that kind of instant performance energy. That’s why these festivals are still trucking along well. As a musician it’s a privilege to play at them because people face your way and they might buy something and you get to talk to everyone”Andrew Winton chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Radical Face
The Family Tree: LeavesRadical Face
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Friday 1st April – Mt Gambier Hotel, Mt Gambier, SA

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Black Market Tune

Black Market Tune

The Austro-Scotish trad specialists play The National Folk Festival plus gigs in Canberra and Sydney

Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 29th March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 30th March – The Exchange Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Americana Fiesta
Sunday 27th March – Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

Ann Vriend
Friday 25th March – The Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 26th March – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

April Maze
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Black Market Tune
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 29th March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 30th March – The Exchange Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Batch Sessions feat. Tenderfoot, Ed Wells
Wednesday 30th March – Batch Brewing Company, Sydney, NSW

Blind Boys of Alabama
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 31st March – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 1st April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Bloodwood
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Bluesfest
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Byron Bay, NSW

Burrows
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

City and Colour w/ Little May
Saturday 26th March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 28th March – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 30th March – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth, WA

Daniel Champagne
Thursday 31st March – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 1st April – Canberra Musicians Club, Canberra, ACT

Emily Barker
Saturday 26th March – The Railway, Fremantle, WA

FolkSwagon feat. Danielle Deckard, The Delta Revue, The Run
Wednesday 30th March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vishtèn, The Little Stevies, Rob Longstaff
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 31st March – Hume Club, Bonegilla Migrant Experience, Bonegilla, VIC
Friday 1st April – Balgownie Village Community Centre, Balgownie, NSW

Gordie Tentrees
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 29th March – The Old Church, Canowindra, NSW
Wednesday 30th March – Food Angel Café, Dorrigo NSW
Thursday 31st March – Tintenbar Upfront Happ, Tintenbar, NSW
Friday 1st April – Magda Community Artz, Brisbane, QLD

Hootenanny feat. Deep South & Down
Sunday 27th March – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Irish Mythen
Saturday 26th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 30th March – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything
Friday 25th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 27th March – The Who Club, Warburton, VIC
Monday 28th March – The Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 31st March – The Homestead Tasmania, Hobart, TAS
Friday 1st April – Live at The Wharf, Ulverstone, TAS

Jason Isbell
Sunday 27th March – Boogie Festival, Bruzzy’s Farm Tallarook, VIC
Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, NSW
Tuesday 29th March – Recital Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 31st March – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 1st April – The Croxton Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Jordie Lane
Friday 25th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 31st March – Secret Show, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st April – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Kaurna Cronin
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Kit & Cub
Sunday 27th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Saturday 26th March – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Little Features
Saturday 26th March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Man From Snowy River Bush Festival
Thursday 31st March to Sunday 3rd April – Corryong, VIC

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Saturday 26th March – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 27th March – The Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, VIC
Friday 1st April – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Moxie
Friday 25th March – Fly By Night Club, Fremantle, WA

Nancy Kerr & James Fagan
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – The National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Nancy Kerr & the Sweet Visitor Band
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – The National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, NSW
Wednesday 30th March – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 31st March – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Paddy McHugh & Andy Golledge
Friday 1st April – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin w/ Liz Frencham and Lime & Steel
Thursday 31st March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Pocket Fox
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Rhiannon Giddens
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Riley Pearce
Wednesday 30th March – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 1st April – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Sahara Beck
Sunday 27th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Shakey Graves
Tuesday 29th March – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 31st March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Sian Evans
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Steve Earle & The Dukes w/ The Mastersons
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

The Decemberists
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 29th March – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 30th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

The East Pointers
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 30th March – Kendall Community Centre, Kendall, NSW
Thursday 31st March – No 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 1st April – Yamba Community Centre, Yamba, NSW

The Fagans
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – The National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The Little Stevies
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 31st March – Hume Club, Bonegilla Migrant Experience, Bonegilla, VIC
Friday 1st April – Balgownie Village Community Centre, Balgownie, NSW

The National Anti-Folk Festival
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The National Folk Festival
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – Canberra, ACT

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
Friday 25th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 27th March – The Quarterdeck, Narooma, NSW
Wednesday 30th March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 31st March – The Stone House, Tomerong, NSW
Friday 1st April – Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW

The Rambling Boys
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, ACT

The Timbers
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Friday 1st April – Mt Gambier Hotel, Mt Gambier, SA

The Weeping Willows
Friday 25th March – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 27th March – T’Gallant Winery, Main Ridge, VIC
Friday 1st April – Harmonie German Club’s Friday Night Live, Canberra, ACT

The Young’uns
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Tim Guy
Thursday 31st March – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 1st April – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW

Tweedy
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, NSW

Vishtèn
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 30th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 31st March – Hume Club, Bonegilla, VIC
Friday 1st April – Wooloongong Hall, Wooloongong, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Big Scioty” – Aly Bain and Jay Ungar

National Folk Festival Interview: Nancy Kerr

Nancy Kerr
Image Courtesy of Nancy Kerr

The headliner for this year’s National Folk Festival is the irrepressible Nancy Kerr, who will be performing as Nancy Kerr & the Sweet Visitor Band, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan and as part of The Fagans. We sat down with Kerr ahead of the festival to chat about what we can expect from her performances at The National.

Gareth Hugh Evans: You’ve played The National Folk Festival a number of times – how does it feel to be headlining the 50th anniversary with your various projects?

Nancy Kerr: Obviously I’m absolutely honoured that the festival has made it possible to bring the band and the family out to Australia. I have been away for three years and it’s been a big time for me so I can’t wait to present our new repertoire and sounds, as well as familiar pieces from the duo’s history, to what I know is an incredible audience to play for.

GHE: In terms of folk festivals around the world how does The National rate?

NK: I think what makes The National special for me is the way it homages and appreciates the raw, grass roots qualities of folk and traditional music, presenting it all with great respect on both big and small stages. The level of knowledge, friendliness and depth with which the audience throws itself into proceedings is second to none, at least as far as I’ve experienced at festivals around the world.

GHE: You’ve found “fame” (if there is such a thing in the folk scene) in your native UK but over the years you’ve spent a lot of time in Australia touring and performing at festivals. What is it about Australia that keeps you coming back (apart from the obvious)?

NK: Well it may be obvious but it’s also true! James [Fagan] and I have been together for 20 years now – or do you mean the weather? Australia is a huge part of my history musically, culturally and in terms of family. A British colleague of mine recently returned from her first trip to Aus and said to me “Ah, I understand you now – you’re Australian!” The subjects of many of my songs will be more current and recognizable here than they are at home in the UK. It’ll be so nice not to have to explain what a Jacaranda is.

GHE: You’re well known for involving yourself in numerous projects – is collaboration an important part of your art?

NK: It’s always been central and that’s why it took me until I was nearly 40 to make my debut solo recording – I think collaboration is the source of so much musical learning and strength but I also think it’s important to step into the light on your own terms sometimes – that way the listener gets to experience everything you’re capable of and things stay fresh and creative.

GHE: After The National what’s next for Nancy Kerr?

NK: My album Instar is nearly finished – the follow-up to Sweet Visitor and also self-written – and I’m delighted with how the band sounds on it – it’s released in September. I have tours with all my projects including a trio with Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting [Simpson·Cutting·Kerr], and I will also be recording and performing political songwriting collaboration “Sweet Liberties” which was commissioned by the Houses of Parliament.

The full list of shows for Nancy Kerr at The National Folk Festival are below:

Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – The National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Nancy Kerr & the Sweet Visitor Band:
– Friday 7pm – Buddawang
– Sunday 8pm – Marquee
– Monday 4:40pm – Buddawang
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan
– Saturday 8pm – Flute ‘n’ Fiddle
– Sunday 10:50am – Buddawang
The Fagans:
– Saturday 10:40am – Buddawang
– Monday 12pm – Marquee

Thank Folk It’s Thursday – 24th December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Beards have announced dates for their final ever tour. Details here

– UK based Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker has released “Anywhere Away”, the lead single from her soundtrack to the movie Hector. Details here

– We streamed the new Angharad Drake album Sword. Details here

The National Folk Festival has announced Nancy Kerr as the headliner (both solo and with Nancy Kerr and James Fagan and The Fagans) as well as adding The Little Stevies, Frencham Smith, Sparrow-Folk, Sásta, Doctor Stovepipe, Miriam Lieberman with Lara Goodridge and Kate Adams, Black Mountain String Band, The Fiddle Chicks, Frumious and The Wheeze and Suck Band. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Darren Cross released his new video “Just Got Along (la la le)”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Anna Cordell released a live video of her track “Blue Rose”. Details here

– Sydney folk duo Elwood Myre released their new video “Mrs Honey”. Details here

Mark Moldre released his latest video “O, Dreamtime Blues”. Details here

– Folk rock legends Levellers have announced an Australian tour. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Tom West will be recording a live album with shows in Adelaide and Melbourne. Details here

One Up, Two Down will be releasing a new EP and touring in January. Details here

The Gum Ball returns for 2016 with some folky gems on its first round of artists including Jeff Lang, Suzannah Espie, Caitlin Park and more. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin has announced full band shows in Sydney and Melbourne this January. Details here

Blog

– We posted our traditional Christmas Eve collection of the best Christmas Carols and Songs of the year. Check it out here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford

At this time of year is there any other gig? If you’re heading up to the Woodford Folk Festival have an amazing time!

Sunday 27th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Falls Music & Arts Festival
Monday 28th December to Friday 1st January – Lorne, VIC
Tuesday 29th December to Friday 1st January – Marion Bay, TAS
Thursday 31st December to Sunday 3rd January – Byron Bay, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Irish Mythen, Starboard Canons
Sunday 27th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

One Up, Two Down
Sunday 27th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Phia
Wednesday 30th December to Friday 1st January – NYE On The Hill, Loch Village, VIC

The Audreys
Friday 1st January – Taste of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS

The East Pointers
Monday 28th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

TinPan Orange
Saturday 27th December – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Woodford Folk Festival
Sunday 27th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“White Wine in the Sun” – Kate Miller-Heidke

Kate Miller-Heidke may have produced one of the best Christmas songs this year with “I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs for Christmas”, featuring The Beards, but nothing can top her version of this Tim Minchin classic.

Nancy Kerr Announced as National Folk Festival Headliner

Nancy Kerr
Image Courtesy of Nancy Kerr

As an extra special gift right before Christmas the National Folk Festival has just announced that its 2016 headliner will be none other than Nancy Kerr.

Kerr is a firm festival favourite and The National are very proud to not only have her headlining with her Sweet Visitor Band but also as part of her duo project with James Fagan and with Australian super-group The Fagans. That’s a lot of Nancy Kerr to get your eardrums around next year.

Along with the headliner announcement the National Folk Festival also slipped a bunch of other artists into its 2016 lineup including The Little Stevies, Frencham Smith, Sparrow-Folk, Sásta, Doctor Stovepipe, Miriam Lieberman with Lara Goodridge and Kate Adams, Black Mountain String Band, The Fiddle Chicks, Frumious and The Wheeze and Suck Band.

The 50th National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, 24th to 28th March. Earlybird tickets are available now via the official site.

Spiers and Boden Release 10 Year Anniversary Album “The Works”

Spiers and Boden
Image Courtesy of Spiers and Boden

John Spiers and Jon Boden are not only the founding members of UK trad giants Bellowhead but they’re also one of the UK’s best loved folk duos, aptly performing under the name Spiers and Boden (I guess because John and Jon would be too confusing). to celebrate 10 years together the duo have released a retrospective album titled The Works featuring re-recordings of some of their best loved tracks from the last decade.

The Works is made extra special by the inclusion of guest spots from some of the best in the folk business including Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Maddy Prior, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, James Fagan and many more. The album is available now and we have the track listing plus the song “Prickle-Eye Bush” (featuring Martin Carthy on guitar) embedded below:

The Works 1. Tom Padget
2. Horn Fair
3. Gooseberry Bush/Laudanum Bunches
4. The Birth of Robin Hood
5. The Cheshire Waltz
6. Brown Adam
7. Rochdale Coconut Dance
8. Old Maui
9. Haul Away
10. Bold Sir Rylas
11. Prickle-Eye Bush

National Folk Festival Fave: The Fagans/Nancy Kerr and James Fagan

The Fagans
Image Courtesy of The Fagans

This year’s National Folk Festival offered up a rare treat featuring performances from both The Fagans and duo Nancy Kerr and James Fagan. With the latter now based out of the UK (and doing very well for themselves over there) seeing these festival staples is becoming increasingly rare. With Nancy Kerr pregnant they seemed to be hinting that this would be the last time for a while that the couple would be in Australia.

I managed to catch The Fagans in full at the Marquee stage on the Friday of the festival. For the uninitiated The Fagans are a family group consisting of Bob Fagan, Nancy Kerr, Margaret Fagan, Kate Fagan and James Fagan. Focusing on traditional and contemporary music from Australia, USA and the Brittish Isles, The Fagans combine a wide variety of acoustic instruments (including violin, viola, guitar and bouzouki) with wonderful five part harmonies.

Sadly Bob Fagan had been ill prior to the National and was forced to rest his voice for the entire weekend. The rest of the group more than made up for his vocal absense but you could tell Bob was frustrated throughout the entire set, often mouthing the words along with the rest of the group or simply sitting songs out.

As usual the highlight of the set was the wonderful Kate Fagan. In both her solo work and with the rest of the family Kate really personifies the best in a female folk singer – her ability to tell a story through not only her words but through the emotions in her voice really sets her apart from her contemporaries. When combined with the talents of the rest of The Fagans (who truly are masters of vocal harmony) Kate’s voice soars. The Fagans really are a joy to watch and it’s easy to see why they are a firm festival favourite.

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan
Image Courtesy of Nancy Kerr and James Fagan

The duo show I saw with Nancy Kerr and James Fagan was in my favourite National Folk Festival venue The Coorong. The sound and acoustics in the Festival’s second largest hall (after The Budawang) are just magnificent and any act that is lucky enough to play the venue should count themselves lucky.

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan are simply superb. There’s a reason they are the darlings of the UK folk scene with a numerous accolades and BBC Folk Awards behind them – they really are magnificent at what they do. Nancy Kerr has this way of writing a song that makes it sound as though it has been around for 1,000 years – her way of storytelling has this timeless quality that feels as though it is continuing the tradition of hundreds of songwriters that have come before.

What impressed me most about Nancy Kerr and James Fagan’s performance was the musicianship of the duo. James’ skills with the guitar are enviable and his voice is absolutely golden. Nancy’s skills with the fiddle are some of the best I’ve ever seen – her ability to sing, play and pluck the instrument at the same time has to be seen to be believed.

Overall I was stoked to be able to see both The Fagans and Nancy Kerr and James Fagan over the weekend. These guys really are giants of modern Australian folk music and it’s a joy to be a part of their audience. Let’s hoping its not too long until we can see them all in one place again.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Winners

BBC 2 Folk Awards
Image Courtesy of BBC.co.uk

With a swanky ceremony last night that included performances from Donovan, Levellers, Bellowhead and more, The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards are over for another year. This year’s winners included Timber and Steel favourites Bellowhead (Best Group, Best Live Act) and Nancy Kerr & James Fagan (Best Duo) but sadly failed to recognise Laura Marling in the category of Best Original Song (for “Rambling Man”). The night also saw folk legend Donovan accept his lifetime achievement award, announced mid last month.

Head to the BBC.co.uk to hear the broadcast and see photos from the awards. The full list of winners is below (the full nominations can be found here):

Best Duo
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan

Best Traditional Track
“Poor Wayfaring Stranger” – Eliza Carthy & Norma Waterson

Best Group
Bellowhead

Young Folk Award
Moore, Moss and Rutter

Musician of the Year
Andy Cutting

Best Original Song
“Hollow Point” – Chris Wood

Horizon Award
Ewan McLennan

Best Album
Gift – Eliza Carthy & Norma Waterson

Lifetime Achievement Award
Donovan

Best Live Act
Bellowhead

Good Tradition Award
Fisherman’s Friends

Roots Award
Levellers

Folk Singer of the Year
Chris Wood

2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Bellowhead
Image Courtesy of Bellowhead

About a month ago the good folks at Spiral Earth made the prediction that the popularity of folk acts like Mumford and Sons and Laura Marling would actually do more harm than good when it came to bridging the gap between folk music and popular music. At the time they said: “Ironically with their major label status [Mumford and Sons] are probably too expensive to ever grace a folk festival these days, which highlights the gulf between the mainstream and the folk world. Will we see the Mumfords nominated for any BBC Folk Awards? I would hazard a guess not, though I hope I am proved wrong.”

And it looks like Spiral Earth were on the money with the nominees for this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards being announced without a Mumford in sight. But that said there are a number of Timber and Steel favourites do rate a mention including Bellowhead (above), Laura Marling, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan and Richard Thompson. Check out the full list of nominees below:

Best Group
Bellowhead
Breabach
Coope Boyes & Simpson
Fishermans Friends

Best Duo
While & Matthews
Eliza Carthy & Norma Waterson
Megson
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan

Horizon Award
Emily Portman
Ewan McLennan
Fay Hield
Johnny Kearney & Lucy Farrell

Best Trad Track
“New York Girls” – Bellowhead
“The Demon Lover” – Andy Irvine
“Poor Wayfaring Stranger” – Eliza and Norma
“Willie Taylor” – Heidi Talbot

Best Original Song
“Hollow Point” – Chris Wood
“Queen of Waters” – Nancy Kerr
“Rambling Man” – Laura Marling
“Stick Stock” – Emily Portman

Best Musician
Andy Cutting
Michael McGoldrick
Richard Thompson
Brian Finnegan

Best Album
As If – Coope Boys & Simpson
Gift – Eliza & Norma
Handmade Life – Chris Wood
Hedonism – Bellowhead

Best Live Group
Bellowhead
Fiddlers Bid
Demon Barbers
The Unthanks

Folk Singer of the Year
Chris Wood
Jon Boden
Heidi Talbot
Kris drever

New Nancy Kerr and James Fagan Album

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan
Image Courtesy of Nancy Kerr and James Fagan

Trad superstars Nancy Kerr and James Fagan have just released their much anticipated new album Twice Reflected Sun. The album is the duo’s first since 2006’s Strands of Gold. For details on how to order head to their official web site.

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