Watch: Al Stewart, Ry Cooder, Billy Bragg & Shirley Collins Perform at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

by VVN Music

The 18th Annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards were held on Wednesday night at Royal Albert Hall in London and, among the regular honors were the naming of three special awards.

Two veteran artists were given Lifetime Achievement Awards, Al Stewart and Ry Cooder.

Stewart was honored by DJ Tony Blackburn who talked about Stewart's days in the early-60's when he was lead guitarist of Tony Blackburn and the Swinging Bells. Blackburn said "We used to practice at my parents’ house and, as good as he was, he always played his electric guitar far too loud as it always drowned out my vocals… The fact I’m here tonight will do Al’s credibility a lot of damage but I don’t care as I’ve enjoyed playing Year of the Cat very much over the years and I haven’t seen him in a long time. It really is an honor to present this Lifetime Achievement Award to such a talented musician."

Stewart then took the stage to perform On the Border:


As part of his acceptance of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Ry Cooder played Jesus on the Mainline:


Woody Guthrie was named the newest member of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Music Hall of Fame with Billy Bragg playing Woody's song Ain't Got No Home.  Bragg had recently recorded the tune on his 2013 album Tooth & Nail:


Also on the stage was classic British folk singer Shirley Collins with Washed Ashore:


The winners:
  • Folk Singer of the Year - Kris Drever
  • Best Duo - Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton
  • Best Group - The Furrow Collective
  • Best Album - Songs of Separation - Songs of Separation
  • Horizon Award - DaoirĂ­ Farrell
  • Musician of the Year - Rachel Newton
  • Best Original Track - If Wishes Were Horses - Kris Drever
  • Best Traditional Track - Van Diemen’s Land - DaoirĂ­ Farrell
  • Young Folk Award - Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Al Stewart
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Ry Cooder
  • Hall of Fame Inductee - Woody Guthrie

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