Priddy Artists Up For BBC Folk Awards

We are delighted to report that many of the acts we’ve booked for this year’s Priddy Folk Festival have been nominated for the UK’s most prestigious folk music awards – the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Most eye-catchingly, Priddy’s own local heroes The Drystones (above) have been nominated for the Young Folk Award. The  Alex Garden and Ford Collier – hail from Priddy and return to the festival this year as one of the headline acts following the release of their third album We Happy Few last year.

Sam Kelly

The super-talented Bristolian Sam Kelly is also in line for an award in the Best Group category. Sam already has one gong to his name having won the Horizon Award two years ago and comes to Priddy this year with his Trio.

The Young ‘Uns

The Young ‘Uns are regular visitors to Priddy and we are especially delighted to have them back in 2018. The boys have had a highly successful year with their critically-acclaimed new album Strangers. They are up for two awards – Best Album and Best Original Track – the latter for the incredibly moving Be The Man. To see the video, click here.


At Priddy last year, concertina player Mohsen Amini stunned all who saw him with the Scottish trio Talisk. This year, Mohsen returns to Priddy with his new band  Imar. And both are up for awards. Mohsen has a personal nomination in the  Musician of the Year category whilst Imar get the nod in in the Horizon Award nominations.

And finally, new additions to our line-up Edgelarks – aka Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin – are in the running for the Best Duo award. The West-Country based duo have built up a big following thanks to Phillip’s virtuoso guitar work and Hannah’s haunting voice. The pair make astounding music and we are delighted to recruit them for this year’s Priddy.


The Awards night takes place in Belfast on April 4 and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2. We wish all our acts the best of luck!