The Wales Folk Awards celebrate and promote the music of Wales at its highest level. After such a difficult time for live music during the pandemic, the Awards are back in Spring 2023 to shine a spotlight on Wales’ musical achievements.
The public are invited to send in their nominations for ten categories ranging from Best Group to Best Emerging Act. Any Welsh folk track/act/performance/album released between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2022 qualify’s for a nomination.
The categories you can nominate for are –
- BEST TRADITIONAL WELSH SONG
- BEST ORIGINAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE SONG
- BEST ORIGINAL WELSH LANGUAGE SONG
- BEST INSTRUMENTAL TRACK
- BEST EMERGING ARTIST/BAND
- BEST SOLO ARTIST
- BEST ALBUM
- BEST LIVE ACT
- BEST GROUP
- PEOPLE’S CHOICE
The public can make their nominations here using this google form. You may need to create a google account if you don’t already have one to be able to access the form. Public nominations close on the 20th of February.👇
A hundred representatives from festivals, promoters, venues, media and folk organisers have been invited as a Long List Panel to select nominations from the public to create a shortlist. This shortlist will go forward to seven independent judges representing the world of folk music, where they will choose the winners in each category.
The winners will be announced at a glittering Awards Evening at the BBC Hoddinott Hall in the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff on 20 April. The evening will include live performances from some of the winners, with BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru both broadcasting programmes recorded on the night. Tickets for the Awards Evening will be going on sale soon.
Launched in 2019, the Wales Folk Awards are a partnership between Trac Cymru (Wales’ folk development charity), BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru, the Arts Council of Wales and significant individuals from the world of Welsh folk music.
There is more on the inaugural Awards here https://trac.cymru/en/wales-folk-awards/ where you can see photographs of the evening, the winners and the craft pieces awarded as trophies.