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.
The 2012 Winners are…
BEST ALBUM – Ragged Kingdom June Tabor & Oysterband
INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM – Mystery Inch Damien O’Kane & David Kosky
BEST DEBUT – Lady Diamond Bryony Griffith & Will Hampson
MALE SINGER – James Fagan
FEMALE SINGER – June Tabor
BEST DUO – O’Hooley & Tidow
BEST GROUP – ahab
ORIGINAL SONG – (Britain Is a) Car Park Eliza Carthy
LIVE ACT – The Bad Shepherds
AMERICANA ALBUM – Tales From The Weeping Willow Naomi Bedford
SPECIAL AWARD – Folk Police Recordings