Wales Folk Awards 2019

In April 2019, Wales celebrates the recent success of its folk scene with its own brand-new Folk Awards.

The awards will celebrate the many talented performers from the Welsh folk and traditional music scene which has been mushrooming at home in Wales as well as making a splash recently at festivals across the UK and abroad. 2018 was the year of Wales as International Partner at the English Folk Expo showcase festival in Manchester. Wales was also Featured Nation at the huge Lorient Interceltic Festival in Brittany which welcomes 70,000 visitors each year. Top Welsh folk band Alaw played the Royal Albert Hall in August 2018 as part of the BBC Folk Prom .

The Wales Folk Awards have been created by a partnership of trac, BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru, the Arts Council of Wales, and others. They’ll be presented on April 11th at an evening celebration at the BBC Hoddinott Hall at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. The Awards Evening will be broadcast later on Frank Hennessy’s Celtic Heartbeat show on BBC Radio Wales and on Lisa Gwilym’s show Awr Werin Lisa Gwilym on BBC Radio Cymru.

The winners will be chosen from a long-list created by a Nominating Panel representing folk club and festival organisers, young musicians, tradition bearers, music journalists and broadcasters, promoters, folk activists and enthusiasts.

There’ll be nominations for

Best traditional Welsh song
Best original English-language song
Best original Welsh-language song
Best instrumental track
Best emerging artist/band
Best solo artist
Best album
Best live act
Best group

The Judging Panel will also award a Lifetime Achievement Award and a ‘Folk Prize’ which is open to all and with non-professional musicians in mind. This year the Folk Prize will be awarded for the best collection of three original tunes, and there’ll be information on how to enter soon.

Wales Folk Awards News

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