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It's just a few days to go now until the 16th annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards takes place at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, hosted by Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis. The show starts at 7:30pm on Wednesday 22 April and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.
We're delighted that two Real World Records artists The Gloaming and 9Bach are nominated in some of the biggest categories of the night.
Irish/American super-group The Gloaming, who's debut album last year garnered universal acclaim are nominated for three awards: Best Group, Best Original Song (for The Necklace of Wrens) and Best Traditional Track (for Samhradh Samhradh). Unfortunately, not all of the band will be able to attend the awards but long-time Real World associate and singer with The Gloaming Iarla O'Lionaird will be attending. The band really have had a stellar year with live shows in some of the most prestige venues across the world and a host of accolades for the album already received. Feels like they're only just getting started too!
Also nominated at the Awards are 9Bach. Their album 'Tincian' is nominated for Best Album, the only category that was subject to a public vote.
As well as being nominated the band will also close the show with a very special live performance.
It seems only fitting that with the Awards coming from Cardiff a Welsh band should be nominated for one of the major categories. No Welsh artist has ever won a Folk Award, so it could be a very special night indeed!
Read an interview with 9Bach from last weekend's Daily Telegraph.
The band played a warm-up show for the Awards at London's King's Place on Saturday 18 April 2015.