Lankum Nominated for Three BBC Folk Awards
Irish group Lankum have been nominated for three BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Best Group; Best Album for Between the Earth and Sky; and Best Original Track for ‘The Granite Gaze’. The group will perform at the awards ceremony on 4 April at the Belfast Waterfront.
This is the first time that the BBC awards, which are now in their 19th year, will take place in Northern Ireland. The TG4 Gradam Ceoil awards – which celebrate traditional music in Ireland – recently took place in Belfast for the first time also.
Also nominated this year are Carlow duo Ye Vagabonds for Best Traditional Track (‘Lowlands of Holland’ from their album Ye Vagabonds), Declan O’Rourke for Best Original Track (‘The Great Saint Lawrence River’ from Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine), Derry singer Cara Dillon for Folk Singer of the Year and Derry musician Jack Warnock for the Young Folk Award.
Last year Dublin singer Daoirí Farrell won two BBC folk awards, the Horizon Award for a new artist, and Best Traditional Track for ‘Van Diemen’s Land’.
For the full list of 2018 BBC nominations see below. For further details and tickets, visit https://goo.gl/wxa2Tm
Folk Singer of the Year
Chris Stout & Catriona McKay
O’Hooley & Tidow
Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton
Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band
Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys
Musician of the Year
BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award
Josiah & Ludwig
Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band – Big Machine
Karine Polwart with Pippa Murphy – A Pocket of Wind Resistance
Lankum – Between the Earth and Sky
The Young’uns – Strangers
Best Original Track
Be The Man – The Young’uns
Cân y cŵn – Gwyneth Glyn
The Granite Gaze – Lankum
The Great Saint Lawrence River – Declan O’Rourke
Best Traditional Track
Banks of Newfoundland – Siobhan Miller
Lisa Lân – Alaw
Lowlands of Holland – Ye Vagabonds
The Life of a Man / Greensleeves – Chris Foster