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 growing at home in Wales as well as making a splash recently at festivals across the UK and abroad, including English Folk Expo, Lorient Interceltic Festival in Brittany, and the BBC Folk Proms.
The winners will be chosen from a long-list nominated by invited folk club and festival organisers, young musicians, tradition bearers, music journalists and broadcasters, promoters, folk activists and enthusiasts.
The Awards will be presented on April 11th at an evening celebration at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, and broadcast later on radio.
There’ll be awards for
- Best live act
- Best group
- Best solo artist
- Best album
- Best emerging artist/band
- Best traditional Welsh song
- Best original English-language song
- Best original Welsh-language song
- Best instrumental track
The organisers 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 it will be awarded for the best collection of three original tunes.
The Awards have been created by a partnership which includes BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru, trac (Wales’ Folk Development organisation), the Arts Council of Wales, and significant individuals from the Welsh folk scene, and the awards evening is sponsored this year by the British Council.
More information on the Awards can be found on trac’s website at www.trac.wales