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The full running order for the St George’s Day celebration in Trafalgar Square has been announced, with the fabulous Demon Barbers and their storming expositions of traditional folk dance added to the bill.

If you’re in London on Saturday 25 April don’t miss this chance to catch some of the most exciting live performers around today completely free of charge.

12.30pm Eliza Carthy
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13.30pm Jim Moray
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14.15pm Kathryn and Peter Tickell
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14.55pm Bishi
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15.55pm Demon Barbers
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16.45pm Netsayi
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17.20pm Seth Lakeman
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The concert is due to wrap up around 6pm. Full info at www.london.gov.uk/mayor/culture/st-georges-day/concert.jsp

I’ll leave you with this preview of the fabulous Best Live Act winning Demon Barber Roadshow:


Folk Awards 2009 Roundup

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.

No Folk Award for Seth

Moved: get all the news plus links to video highlights, the full ceremony on BBC iPlayer, photos and more in our Folk Awards 2009 Roundup »

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.