Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Carthy and Clannad to be honoured

Martin Carthy is to be honoured at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Musician Martin Carthy and Irish group Clannad are to receive honorary accolades at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards next month.

They both be given lifetime achievement prizes at the event as the ceremony celebrating traditional music marks its 15th year.

Clannad - who charted with their theme music to TV series Harry's Game in 1982 - will also play at the event to be staged at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 19, the same as the Brit Awards.

Carthy has been one of the key figures in British folk for half a century, releasing more than 40 albums as a solo star and with groups such as Steeleye Span.

He said: "I've just been lucky enough to follow my heart and pretty much do what I want over the past 50 years or so. If, along the way, I've been able to play a part, however small, in keeping the traditional music of these islands alive, then I consider myself a fortunate man."

Another honorary prize - the "good tradition" award - will be given to the Cambridge Folk Festival which celebrates its 50th birthday this year.

Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan said: "Clannad and Martin Carthy have made magnificent contributions to folk music over the years and are thoroughly deserving of these prestigious accolades."

Other performers on the night will include Martin Simpson and The Full English, in addition to Bellowhead, Suzanne Vega and The Fisherman's Friends.

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