Bella Hardy Wins Folk Singer of the Year Award
Folk music paid tribute on last night to one of its legends, the late Pete Seeger, but also honoured one of its brightest young stars.
The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, which took place in front of 4,500 people at the Royal Albert Hall, concluded with a poignant tribute to Pete Seeger, led by the legendary folk singer’s half-sister Peggy Seeger. A number of artists joined her on stage to sing one of Pete Seeger’s most famous songs, Quite Early Morning.
Earlier in the evening, 29-year-old Bella Hardy had been awarded Folk Singer of the Year, while folk supergroup The Full English received two awards: Best Group and Best Album.
Martin Carthy and Clannard were both recognised with Lifetime Achievement Awards and Cecil Sharp was inaugurated into the Hall of Fame.
BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music controller Bob Shennan said: “Congratulations to everyone who won an award last night. It was a wonderful celebration and a reflection of just how vibrant the UK folk music scene is. As a genre, folk continues to be an important part of Radio 2’s schedule and we remain committed to broadcasting distinctive and specialist music content.”
A number of the folk scene’s biggest names performed during the ceremony, which was hosted by Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis, including Bellowhead, Suzanne Vega and Martin Simpson.