Nominees Announced for 2020 International Folk Music Awards


Nominees Announced for 2020 International Folk Music Awards

'The Great Irish Songbook' by Dervish nominated for Album of the Year.

Folk Alliance International has announced the nominees for the 2020 International Folk Music Awards, which will take place on Wednesday 22 January 22 in New Orleans. 

Traditional Irish group Dervish, which recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Folk Awards, have received a nomination for Album of the Year for The Great Irish Songbook, along with artists such as songwriter and banjo player Kelly Hunt, American folk singer John McCutcheon and gospel singer Mavis Staples for her record We Get By

Nominations in the Artist of the Year category include Argentinian-American string band Che Apalache, Kenyan songwriter J.S Ondara and folk duo Rising Appalachia. 

Josh Ritter has been nominated in the Song of the Year category for ‘All Some Kind of dream’, alongside American singer Patty Griffin for ‘Where I Come From’ and Canadian folk singer Dave Gunning with ‘All That’s Yet to Come’. 

The nominees were selected through a review process of over twenty year-end charts and publications in the US, UK, EU, Canada, and Australia and the three awards categories are open to vote by members of Folk Alliance International until 9 January. Other awards presented at the event will be Lifetime Achievement, Spirit of Folk Award and People’s Voice as well as inductions into the Folk DJ Hall of Fame. 

See the full list of nominees and listen to our playlist below.
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Artist of the Year
Che Apalache
J.S. Ondara
Lula Wiles
Rising Appalachia
The Small Glories

Album of the Year
Even the Sparrow by Kelly Hunt
Soar by Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita
The Great Irish Songbook by Dervish
To Everyone In All The World: A Celebration of Pete Seeger by John McCutcheon
We Get By by Mavis Staples

Song of the Year
‘All Some Kind of Dream’ by Josh Ritter
‘All That’s yet to Come’ by Dave Gunning
‘Black Myself’ by Amythyst Kiah (performed by Our Native Daughters)
‘Put a Woman in Charge’ by Keb’ Mo’ (performed by Keb’ Mo’ and Rosanne Cash)
‘Where I Come From’ by Patty Griffin


Published on 3 January 2020

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