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cara dillon scoops best album prize at bbc radio 2 folk awards

Congratulations to Cara Dillon, who won the coveted Best Album prize at last night’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for her self-released, largely traditional fourth album Hill Of Thieves, winning out over The Unthanks, Jackie Oates and Martin Simpson. It’s her third win at the Awards overall but her first in this prestigious category having missed out in 2002 when nominated for her eponymous debut album. The Unthanks also missed out on Best Group, awarded to Lau for the third year in a row. Dillon’s other nominations, for Folk Singer Of The Year and for Best Traditional Track for ‘Spencer The Rover’, a duet with her brother-in-law Seth Lakeman, went instead to Jon Boden and Martin Simpson respectively.

As previously reported, “folkabilly” legend Nanci Griffith picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to her by Radio 2 personality ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, and took to the stage to perform the title track from last year’s album The Loving Kind. The Horizon Award, given to the most promising folk up-and-comers, went to Sam Carter. The show ended with an ensemble performance from the people behind this year’s Transatlantic Sessions, including a performance of ‘Spencer The Rover’ with Cara Dillon on lead vocals.

Highlights of the Awards can be heard on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday from 7pm. Visit the Radio 2 website for exclusive photos, features and performance videos.

Performance video, extensive features and a photo gallery can be found at

The full list of winners:

FOLK SINGER OF THE YEAR: Jon Boden
BEST DUO: Show Of Hands
BEST GROUP: Lau
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Cara Dillon – Hill Of Thieves
BEST ORIGINAL SONG: Steve Knightley, ‘Arrogance, Ignorance & Greed’ (performed by Show Of Hands)
BEST TRADITIONAL TRACK: Martin Simpson, ‘Sir Patrick Spens’
HORIZON AWARD: Sam Carter
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR: John Kirkpatrick
BEST LIVE ACT: Bellowhead
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Nanci Griffith
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Dick Gaughan
GOOD TRADITION AWARD: The Transatlantic Sessions
FOLK CLUB OF THE YEAR: The Magpie’s Nest, London

Alan Pedder

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