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Spiral Award winners 2012
The Spiral Awards 2012
The 2012 winners are...
twice reflected sunBEST ALBUM
Ragged Kingdom
June Tabor & Oysterband
Damien O'Kane & David Kosky INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
Mystery Inch
Damien O'Kane & David Kosky
ohooley and tidowBEST DEBUT
Lady Diamond
Bryony Griffith & Will Hampson
James Fagan
hazel askewFEMALE SINGER
June Tabor
O'Hooley & TidowBEST DUO
O'Hooley & Tidow
emily portmanORIGINAL SONG
(Britain Is a) Car Park
Eliza Carthy
adrian edmondson and the bad shepherds LIVE ACT
The Bad Shepherds
Tales From The Weeping Willow
Naomi Bedford
Folk Police Recordings SPECIAL AWARD
Folk Police Recordings
The 'Special Award'

This is a special award that comes from the editorial team at Spiral Earth to recognise an outstanding achievement in the previous year. This year we have decided to award it to Folk Police Recordings.

We said a while back "Folk Police Recordings have really been delivering the goods this year with an eclectic and imaginative cast of acts. You've just got to click over to their site to see what cutting edge folk is all about. Label of the year? Could be." Well we were true to our word.

They have proven that you can be fresh, original and challenging.

bridget marsden and leif ottosson
lucy ward

gilmore & roberts on tour
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About the Spiral Awards:

The awards celebrate the wide range of music we cover, always grounded in folk and roots but willing to go wherever it takes us. This year we have decided to make a few changes to the categories.

Increasingly over the past couple of years we have been covering more and more 'Americana', by UK and American artists, which reflects the explosion in this particular genre over that time. We have added a category that very loosely enfolds some of the great music we have heard over the past 12 months.

Then the 'Trad Song' category has gone, 'sacrilege!' you scream, but there are just so many good albums full of trad material coming out that it seems academic to pick just four renditions.