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Van Morrison among famous faces at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in Belfast

The awards were held in Northern Ireland for the first time.

Van Morrison was among the famous faces to appear at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in Belfast on Wednesday night.

The east Belfast music legend appeared at the Waterfront Hall to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to musician and producer Dónal Lunny for his contribution to folk music.

The event marked the first time the annual awards were held in Northern Ireland.

Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart was named Folk Singer of the Year at the ceremony, which was presented by Radio 2 Folk Show host Mark Radcliffe and Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis.

Other winners included the Armagh Pipers Club, who were given The Good Tradition Award to recognise their contribution to the preservation, dissemination and progression of traditional music over more than 50 years and Lankum, who won best group.

Influential singer-songwriter Nick Drake was inducted into the Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame to celebrate the lasting impression he has had on folk music, despite passing away in 1974 at the age of 26.

Performers included Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, Lankum and Paul Brady.

Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2 said: “I’d like to congratulate all of tonight’s winners – the calibre of nominees was extremely high and the wealth of talent that was seen on stage across the evening in Belfast was spectacular.

“The Radio 2 Folk Awards is an annual celebration of the thriving folk music scene – supporting both established and burgeoning folk musicians – and part of our specialist music content that Radio 2 is proud to broadcast across the year.”

The awards will be broadcast on April 8 on BBC Four at 9pm and on BBC Two Northern Ireland at 5.30pm.

Highlights will be available to watch at bbc.co.uk/radio2 after the show.

The full list of winners:

Horizon Award presented by Jamie Lawson - Ímar

Best Traditional Track presented by Val McDermid - Banks of Newfoundland by Siobhan Miller

Best Duo presented by Rab Noakes - Chris Stout & Catriona McKay

Musician of the Year presented by Leo Green - Mohsen Amini

Best Original Track presented by Ralph McTell - The Granite Gaze by Lankum

Lifetime Acheivement Award presented by Van Morrison - Dónal Lunny

Best Group presented by Finbar Furey - Lankum

Hall of Fame Inductee - Nick Drake

Young Folk Award presented by Lynette Fay of BBC Radio Ulster - Mera Royle

Best Album - Strangers by The Young'uns

Good Tradition Award presented by Tommy Sands - Armagh Pipers Club

Folk Singer of the Year presented by Karan Casey - Karine Polwart

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