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Thursday, February 5, 2015

8 Artists we love from the BBC Folk Award Nominations

Last night BBC Radio 2 announced their list of nominees for the 2015 Folk Awards. Amongst the list of nominees are some of our favourite artists, many of whom have performed here at The Met and some whom we are welcoming back in our upcoming season of events. Here they are along with  a few intriguing facts…


1) Cara Dillon: Nominated for Folk Singer of the Year

She been a regular performer at The Met since 2007

She’s been nominated for 7 BBC Folk Awards in the past, winning 3 – The Horizon Award and Best Traditional Song in 2002 and Album of the Year in 2012

She is headlining the opening night of The Met’s Big Whistle Festival this year with the event selling out.


2) Martin and Eliza Carthy – Nominated for Best Album – The Moral of the Elephant

(Cast your vote here!)

Since 2007 they have played a massive 11 times at The Met between them and Eliza is back with Tim Eriksen on 28 May 2015

Martin Carthy was awarded an MBE in 1998 and is hailed as the man who taught Simon and Garfunkel to play Scarborough Fair

On the album cover Red Eliza managed to make a 90s hairstyle look cool just by adding a violin

eliza-carthy-red


3) The Young Un’s – Nominated for Best Group

They have played 3 times at The Met since 2013 and are returning on 7 May 2015

They have been together for 10 years!

The Young Un’s play without set lists, relying on their rapport with the audience to create a killer set list for a gig.


4) O’Hooley and Tidow – Nominated for Best Duo

They have played at The Met 3 times since 2012 and are returning for International Women’s Folk Day on 7 March 2015

Their album The Hum made it to No 7 in MOJO Magazine’s Top 10 Folk Albums of the Year 2014

They were personally invited by Billy Bragg to play at Glastonbury!

The Hum


5) Nancy Kerr – Nominated for Folk Singer of the Year AND Best Album – Sweet Visitor

(Cast your vote here!)

She played at The Met in 2014 as part of her Sweet Visitor album launch tour

She won the first ever Horizon Award at the inaugural BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2000 with her now husband James Fagan

Her dad is a Northumbrian piper…


6) Josienne Clark & Ben Walker – Nominated for Best Album – Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour

(Cast your vote here!)

They played at The Met’s 2014 Homegrown festival

They have been nominated for and have won a number of awards including the Fatea Award for Best Album 2013 for Fire and Fortune.

Their album Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour included songs called I Never Learnt French and Let No Man Steal Your Thyme.

Nothing can bring back the hour


7) Furrow Collective – Nominated for Best Group

They played at The Met in 2014 as part of their album launch tour for their self-titled debut

Emily Portman of The Furrow Collective currently holds the 2013 BBC Folk Award for Best Original Song

Rachel Newton of the Furrow Collective wrote Elizabethan inspired music for The Elizabethan Sessions

The Furrow Collective


8) Sam Sweeney – Nominated for Musician of the Year

He played at The Met as part of his Made in the Great War Tour

He was nominated for the same award at 2013’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

The fiddle he played for Made in the Great War was finally finished 90 years after the original fiddle maker started it!


Want to see who else was nominated? To see the full list of nominees click here. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at The Millennium Centre in Cardiff on Wednesday 22 April. They will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 live from 7.30 – 10pm and highlights will be available on BBC iplayer and the red button shortly after the ceremony.