Congrats to Radio 2 Folk Awards Winners!

Wednesday 4 May 2016

A congratulations to at all the winning acts at the awards this year!

We are very proud to have so many acts (past, present and hopefully future!) nominated and we'd like to say an extra special well done to the acts below.

Best Original Track - The Rheingans Sisters

The Rheingans Sisters have a showcase at this year’s festival!

Each year the Festival selects 5 showcase artists to appear in the Club Tent, which it thinks will go onto great things in the future. A former showcase artist is included in the following year’s main bill.

Previous examples include Newton Faulkner, Nick Mulvey, Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Bella Hardy, Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart & Keston Cobblers Club

Click here to see this years showcase artists

Horizon Award - Sam Kelly

Local Norfolk lad Sam, performed with his Trio on The Den Stage back in 2014 and then last  year played a Club Tent Showcase. Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys are the 2015 Showcase going onto this year’s main bill.  Here he is with Mark Radcliffe after recording a backstage session for Mark's Wednesday Folk Show.

For this years Den Line up click here

Best Traditional Track - Sam Lee

Sam is making his second appearance at the Folk Festival this year and we can't wait to see him again! He is a new pioneer, who along with his band, are helping to define & energise the sound of folk song for today.  Sam also helps programme The Den at the Festival, a platform for up-and-coming artists and a space for younger audiences. The Den is the place to see the stars of tomorrow.

For this Den line up click here

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award - Brighde Chaimbeul

Part of Bridhde Chaimbeul’s prize is an appearance at this year’s Festival and we can’t wait to hear here on Stage 2 and the Club Tent.

Good Tradition Award - John McCusker

A true Folk Festival legend, John has played the festival multiple times and his Under One Sky project started life as a commission initiated by Cambridge.  He'll be back again this year on the Sat!

For this years full line up click here

Folk Singer of the Year - Rhiannon Giddens

Rhiannon Giddens was a highlight for many and most definitely one of last year’s stand out performances at the Festival. Since then she has been on a whirlwind ride of success and we are very happy to have been a part of her journey towards winning this fantastic award.

Best Album - The Unthanks

More Folk Fest regulars... Not only have The Unthanks played 3 times in the last 5 years but Rachael used to work at the Festival, running workshops in the campsites! 

Lifetime Achievement Award - Norma Waterson

Norma played the first ever Cambridge Folk Festival back in 1965 as part of the Waterson Family and has appeared many times since in various guises. Most recently she played in 2009, again with her family. 

Lifetime Achievement Award - Joan Armatrading

Joan first played Cambridge Folk Festival in 2008 and couldn't resist coming back 4 years later in 2012. 2015 was the year she made it a hattrick.

Click here to see her performing back in 2012

Best Group - The Young'uns

Perhaps unlikely candidates to have won this award 2 years on the trot for anyone who hasn't seen them live. The Young'uns are best know for their pub session singing but brought an almighty amount of energy, humour and charm when they played folk fest back in 2014 for our 50th anniversary! Well done boys!

Click below to watch them perform.


Best Duo - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Played Cambridge Folk Festival back in 2013! Click here to watch them performing!

Musician of the Year - Andy Cutting

Andy has performed many times in various formats, most recently last year with Martin Simpson & Nancy Kerr. 


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