Seth has been nominated for Best Live Act at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Seth will be up against against stiff competition from long-standing Folk Awards favourite, "folk big band" Bellowhead, last year’s Best Group winners, Lau, and the Demon Barbers. Bellowhead have won the Best Live Act award no less than three times in the last four years (in 2005, 2007 and 2008), and were named Best Group in 2007. Three-piece Lau won Best Group in 2008, and were also nominated for Best Live Act.

The fabulous Demon Barbers are the outsiders. Not previously either a winner or nominee in the awards (although founder, Damien Barber, was a finalist in the Radio 2 Young Tradition Awards on multiple occasions during his mis-spent youth), they arguably deserve the nod more than anyone, not least for the improbable achievement of making morris dancing sexy. No. Seriously.

Introducing the Demon Barbers (video)

(Desperate attempt at Seth Lakeman connection = former Lakeman percussionist, Cormac Byrne, at around the 4m 30s mark) More Demon Barbers on MySpace »

There are no nominations for Poor Man’s Heaven, either for Best Album, or Best Original or Best Traditional Track. Seth won Folk Singer of the Year and Best Album at the 2007 awards for his previous album, Freedom Fields. He was also nominated for Best Live Act and (controversially) Best Traditional Track.

Nominations are decided by a free vote among the Folk Awards panel of around 170 broadcasters, folk journalists, festival organisers, agents, and promoters, all working within the folk genre on a regular basis. The same panel then vote again to select a winner from the four nominees in each category. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony in London on Monday 2 February 2009.