Folk awards go to Belfast for the first time

Irish singer-songwriter Paul Brady is performing at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, as they are held in Northern Ireland for the first time.

The 70-year-old instrumentalist to join acts including Cara Dillon, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, and Lankum at the event in Belfast on 4. April.

Honor is given, include folk singer of the year and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

The night will also see a lifetime achievement award will be presented.

The recipient of the award, which was given in the past year, Woody Guthrie, is yet to be announced.
“A Special Night”

Mark Radcliffe, who said as the Host of the show alongside the Scottish folk singer Julie Fowlis, “I’m really excited that my first visit to Belfast for the Folk Awards.

“I plan to spend a few days surrounded by the history and the culture, and then, what an honor it is to be on the stage with” home-grown legends, Paul Brady and Cara Dillon – it promises to be a very special evening.”

Fowlis is nominated for folk singer of the year, in addition to Dillon, Karine Polwart and Siobhan Miller. Lankum and Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band are the best group, Elephant Sessions and Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys.

The BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominees Jack Warnock, Josiah & Ludwig, Mera Royle and The Drystones are, with the best duo category from Chris Stout & Catriona McKay, Edgelarks, O’Hooley & Tidow and Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton. ‘Vivid Wave”

Lord mayor of Belfast Councillor Nuala McAllister, said she was pleased with were the prices in the city.

“Belfast has a great musical heritage, and a really vibrant wave of new musicians coming through – so it is the perfect choice,” she said.

The event, which takes place in its 19 year, in the Belfast Waterfront. It will be simulcast live from 19:30 to 21:00 on Radio 2 and BBC Radio Ulster, with highlights broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Northern Ireland at a later date.

Further details of the awards can be found on the BBC Radio 2 website.

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