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Georgia Lewis Nominated for BBC Award

April 2018
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Georgia Lewis Nominated for BBC Award
Hobgoblin staff member receives a BBC Radio 2 Horizon Nomination

Georgia Lewis from Bradford-on-Avon, hailed as the best voice to emerge from the English folk scene in recent years, has received a nomination for the Horizon award at this years Radio 2 Folk Awards which will take place on April 4th in Belfast. Georgia Lewis, singer and multi-instrumentalist, studied music at Brighton Institute of Modern Music and recently released her debut album ‘The Bird Who Sings Freedom’ on Rootbeat Records.

Georgia is a regular on the Hobgoblin Music folk festival stall, and we're extremely proud of her nomination! Wishing the very best of luck from all of us at Hobgoblin!

Her album presents well-worn traditional songs alongside two originals, together with an AE Housman poem and, opening the album, a setting of the words of Maya Angelou. Throughout, Georgia seeks the timeless themes in old words. Stories of love and loss, conflict, betrayal.

The album produced by Lewis with Josh Clark (Kate Rusby's Life In A Paper Boat), features percussionist Evan Carson (Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys) and double bassist Tom Sweeney alongside longtime bandmates Rowan Piggott and Felix Miller.

The folk awards exists to celebrate a year of outstanding achievement and shine a light on the world of folk music. Previous award recipients in it’s 19 year history include Joan Baez, Yusuf Cat Stevens, Billie Bragg, Shirley Collins, Ry Cooder, Norma Waterson, Nic Jones, John Martyn and Rhiannon Giddens. The event has taken place in London, Glasgow, Salford and Cardiff.

On Wednesday 4th of April 2018 the cream of the folk, acoustic and roots music world unites for the radio 2 folk awards, which are being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. This year the radio 2 folk awards will see performances from the likes of Paul Brady, Cara Dillon, Lankum and Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band. Accolades will also be awarded in the following categories across the show: Folk Singer Of The Year, Best Duo, Best Group, Best Album, Horizon Award, Musician Of The Year, Best Original Track, Best Traditional Track and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

To get involved use the tag #r2folkawards or listen live on BBC Radio 2 at 19:30 - 21:00 Wednesday 4th of April. For more information or to watch a live stream of the whole show visit online at www.bbc.co.uk/folkawards.

'The Bird Who Sings Freedom' by Georgia Lewis (www.georgialewis.co.uk), available from Rootbeat Records (www.rootbeatrecords.com/georgia-lewis), is a glorious cocktail of modern folk influences, a potent statement of intent and a first glimpse at a burgeoning talent who looks set to put her stamp on English folk music.

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