Delighted to be nominated twice at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Me and Pippa Murphy Music are up for Best Album for Pocket of Wind Resistance, alongside the marvellous Eliza Carthy and her gorgeous merry band, the hypnotic reedy dronescapes of Lankum (practically worn this yin oot) & the fine fellows of The Young'uns.
And into the bargain I'm up for Folk Singer of The Year too alongside some of my favourite singing women - sister Scots Julie Fowlis and Siobhan Miller, as well as the clear bell of Cara Dillon
I'm aware I've benefited from these awards before, on a number of occasions. They do make a difference to individual musicians. I'm aware too that there's an uneven field for getting a platform in all of this. And I'm almost certainly one of those "ocht, not her *again*" nominations for many people ...
What can a folk singer do?
Well, what a folk singer can do is, at the very least, is draw attention to the broader range of emergent or hitherto underrated voices represented in particular this year in the Best Trad and Original Track categories. Check out esp. Gwyneth Glyn with whom Songs of Separation collaborated back in 2016, mair splendid Welsh representation in Alaw and the sheer freshness of Ye Vagabonds
Oh and Ímar over at The Horizon Awards too!