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The North East Celebrates at the National BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Posted on 5 February 2013

Last week’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards recognised the talent from the North East, with Kathryn Tickell, Artistic Director of Folkworks at Sage Gateshead winning Musician of the Year; Emily Portman, one of Newcastle University’s folk music degree graduates winning Best Original Song for ‘Hatchling’; and Bellowhead, with members of the band also graduates from Newcastle University’s folk music degree, winning Best Album for ‘Broadside’.

Newcastle University’s Folk and Traditional Music degree is hosted at Sage Gateshead and every year brings new talent. Kathryn Tickell, Northumbrian piper, fiddle player and composer is one of their tutors.

Kathryn Tickell said: “It was great to be representing our North East traditions at the Radio 2 Folk Awards. It was a fantastic night, showing the breadth, diversity and increasing popularity of folk music and song in Britain.”

Other winners included Lau, with their groundbreaking, yet playful approach to traditional music, winning Best Group and who are performing in the North East at Sage Gateshead on 18 April.

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards are an annual celebration of the UK’s vibrant folk scene and recognise achievements over the past 12 months.

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