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Posted By: GUEST,steve th
09-Feb-11 - 09:47 AM
Thread Name: BBC Folk Awards Demo 7th Feb
Subject: RE: BBC Folk Awards Demo 7th Feb
guess the big problem is the show is trying to be 2 things - a glitzy glam celebration of the best of british folk (which doesnt seem in keeping with the british folk scene to me) and a show case to sell folk to a wider audience (including bbc producers), id say the red button experience this year is a testing of the water for a possible proper televisised show (prob on bbc 4 , dont get your hopes up of folk going mainstream).
ok we had the usual problems - rambeling presenters and for regualar listeners too many awards going to the same small bunch of artists. can they just give Bellowhead a "best live band EVER" award or something then disqualify them from all future awards? ;-)

some of the grumbles on here seem unjustified - barbara dickson wouldnt have been my choice of presenter but the song she did was powerful (even if it criminally underused Troy Donockly) , Donovan? seemed nice enough chap who made a significant contribution to folk in the past - just not enough to justify a lifetime achievement award. the levellers i think were prob seen by many as a bit of a random choice - never really part of the folk scene. But i suspect if you ask around at folk clubs and festivals a large percentage of those there under 40 were introduced to folk music via the levellers.

anyway highlights - chris wood's hollow point winning best new song, and Ewan mcLennan winning the horizon award.

shame Coope Boyes and Simpson didnt win an award - partly cos i think they deserved one and partly cos i think they's have at least given an interesting acceptance speech.