Dubliners and Moore join McLean at Folk Awards

The Dubliners and 'American Pie' singer Don McLean will give much-anticipated live performances tonight at the annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

The Dubliners and 'American Pie' singer Don McLean will give much-anticipated live performances tonight at the annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Both acts will perform at the Lowry Theatre in Salford, England after receiving lifetime achievement awards at this evening’s event.

It is the 13th year of the awards, which were created to celebrate the UK’s folk scene – currently undergoing a resurgence – and it is the first time the event has been held outside London.

The Dubliners are among the most recognisable names in traditional music since they formed 50 years ago and are known for tracks such as 'Whiskey In The Jar', 'The Wild Rover' and 'The Rocky Road To Dublin'.

McLean first hit the charts in 1971 and last year was among performers at Glastonbury Festival. His best-known hits, 'Vincent' and 'American Pie', have become musical standards and covered countless times.

Jeff Smith, head of music for Radio 2 and 6 Music, said: “Radio 2 is committed to featuring folk music as part of our specialist music output, so we’re delighted to be holding the Radio 2 Folk Awards in Salford this year – and that listeners will be able to also watch the ceremony.

“Both The Dubliners and Don McLean are much loved by the Radio 2 audience, and I’d like to congratulate them on their well-deserved awards.”

Hosted by Radio 2’s Folk Show presenter Mike Harding, alongside singer Julie Fowlis, the other awards to be presented tonight include Folk Singer of the Year, Best Group, Best Album and Best Live Act.

Other artists performing will be Christy Moore, The Unthanks with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band, Martin Simpson, Seth Lakeman, Tim Edey and Brendan Power and June Tabor and Oysterband.

Additional to being transmitted live on BBC Radio 2, the awards will also be available for fans to watch live by using the BBC interactive Red Button service and pressing the red button from any BBC TV or Radio Channel or by streaming online via bbc.co.uk/radio2.

The show begins at 7.30pm.

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