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Dubliners to get lifetime honour

Veteran Irish band the Dubliners are to be honoured for their lifetime achievements at the UK BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

The winners of the awards - to be presented on February 8 - were announced by presenter Mike Harding on his British-broadcast Radio 2 show.

The Dubliners have been among the most recognisable names in traditional Irish music since they formed 50 years ago.

The band - who have collaborated with the Pogues, among others, to win a new generation of fans - are famed for tracks such as Whiskey In The Jar, The Wild Rover and The Rocky Road To Dublin.

US star Don McLean, famed for worldwide hits such as Vincent and American Pie, is also to receive the honour.

Radio 2 head of music Jeff Smith said: "Both the Dubliners and Don McLean are much loved by the Radio 2 audience, and I'd like to congratulate them on their well-deserved awards."

Harding - who will co-host the awards which will be broadcast live - said: "When The Dubliners virtually invented the Dublin pub music scene 50 years ago, they changed the face of Irish music forever. They were exciting and different, with a real whiff of danger about them."

The event takes place at the Lowry Theatre in Manchester, England. Both honorary award-winners will perform on the night, alongside Christy Moore, The Unthanks, Martin Simpson and Seth Lakeman.

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