Congratulations to Eliza Carthy, Norma Waterson, Chris Wood and Bellowhead who all won at the recent BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Veteran Donovan was also given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. The daughter and mother pair of Carthy and Waterson won best album for Gift and traditional song Poor Wayfaring Stranger. Chris Wood won for song Hollow Point from the brilliant Handmade Life, and he is also Folk Singer Of The Year.
Bellowhead were best group and best live act, surprisingly beating the wonderful Unthanks. Bizarrely two of the best folk singers making music today, Kate Rusby and Laura Marling have been woefully overlooked. Why Rusby's Make The Light wasn't even nominated I will never know. Likewise, while not rooted in the same folk traditions, Marling was nominated for Rambling Man but not her exceptional second album I Speak Because I Can. Proof that those on the edges of tradition are still not traditional enough.
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