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Belfast stage set for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards debut

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards will be held for the first time in Northern Ireland on Wednesday.

The stars of the folk, acoustic and roots music world will gather at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast to celebrate the annual event, now in its 19th year.

The awards have previously taken place in London, Glasgow, Salford and Cardiff, but the 2018 event marks the first time it will be held in Northern Ireland.

The ceremony will be presented by Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe and Scottish musician and broadcaster Julie Fowlis - as well as a host of famous folk fans who will be handing out the accolades.

In previous years, those guests have included Sir David Attenborough, Martin Freeman, Sean Bean, and Ruth Jones.

Performers on the night include Dungiven-born star Cara Dillon, as well as Paul Brady, Lankum, and Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band.

Among those being honoured will be late folk singer Nick Drake, who will be inducted into the event's Folk Hall of Fame.

Previous Folk Award recipients include The Chieftains, The Dubliners, Joan Baez, Yusuf Cat Stevens, Billy Bragg, Shirley Collins, Ry Cooder, Norma Waterson, Nic Jones, John Martyn and Rhiannon Giddens.

The event will be simulcast live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Ulster.

It will also be available on the Radio 2 website, while televised highlights will be shown at a later date on BBC Four.

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