Seth presenting former mentor, Tom McConville, with the Musician of the Year Award at the 2009 Folk Awards. Photo © Allan Price. More of Allan’s Folk Awards photos »

The annual BBC Folk Awards took place in London on Mon 2 Feb 2009, amidst the worst snow storm to hit the capitol in 18 years.

Seth was nominated for a single award this year, for Best Live Act, and opened the show with a typically storming live performance of ‘The Hurlers’. With obvious pleasure, he went on to present long-time teacher and friend, ‘Newcastle Fiddler’ Tom McConville, with the award for Musician of the Year, paying strong tribute to the man who so inspired his own playing. You can listen again » to the full ceremony until Web 11 Feb.

In the Best Live Act category Seth was up against stiff competition from fellow former Folk Award winners Lau and Bellowhead, but on the night the winners were the comparatively little-known Demon Barbers (aka The Demon Barber Roadshow) who have been not-so-quietly winning over festival audiences with their live performances which, accompanied by some hot clog and morris dancing, lay genuine claim to the old folk "foot stomping" cliché.

Full ceremony
Listen Again : Folk Awards 2009 » until 11/02/2009
(Originally broadcast BBC Radio 2, Wed 4 Feb, 7-8.30pm.)

The ceremony was broadcast in full in the Mike Harding Folk & Acoustic slot on Radio 2 on Wed 4 Feb. Catch Seth’s show opening performance of ‘The Hurlers’ and heartfelt presentation of the Musician of the Year award to long-time mentor, teacher and friend Tom McConville. You can listen again via iPlayer until Wed 11 Feb 2009.

BBC Folk Awards 2009 Videos »
The BBC’s Folk Awards website has videos up of all the live performances and highlights of the ceremony. The main highlights video includes Seth’s presentation of the Musician of the Year award to Tom McConville. Check the links on the right for the full video of The Hurlers performance.


Nominated Artists Compilation CD
Proper Music’s annual Folk Awards compilation CD is now available. The 3 CD set features tracks from the nominated artists, with Seth represented by ‘Solomon Browne‘.
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Free Download Track
Free track: Davey Graham’s Anji »
From the BBC Folk Awards website you can also download Bert Jansch and Ralph McTell’s tribute performance of the late Davey Graham’s classic track, Anji.