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 other significant figures from the world of Welsh folk such as Huw Williams and Stephen Rees. 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.
The shortlisted nominees for these categories will be announced throughout March:
The Judging Panel will also award a Lifetime Achievement Award and a ‘Folk Prize’ for the best original set of three tunes submitted to us last month.
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