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:

Best group
Jamie Smith’s Mabon
Best emerging artist/band
NoGood Boyo
Trials of Cato
Best original Welsh-language song
Bendigeidfran- Lleuwen
Cân y Cŵn- Gwyneth Glyn
Swn ar Gardyn Post- Bob Delyn a’r Ebillion
Y Gwyfyn- The Gentle Good
Best traditional Welsh song
Best original English-language song
Best instrumental track
Best solo artist
Best album
Best live act

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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