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Live this second over on BBC Radio 2 and Red Button is the 13th renewal of the Folk Awards. An unlucky number perhaps for some, but not for Bellowhead who are aiming to win their 6th Best Live Act title in 8 years. The maverick eleven-tet are also in the hat for their 3rd Best Group gong, to add to victories in 2007 and 2011. Lead vocalist and fiddler Jon Boden is up for his 2nd Best Folk Singer award, to clunk alongside two Best Duo awards he previously won with fellow Bellowheader melodean John Spiers. Hedonism will surely accompany an awards whitewash!

Completing the list for the coveted Best Folk Singer are June Tabor (and/of Oysterband), Jackie Oates & Emily Smith.

Tonight’s ceremony is being graced by performances from Seth Lakeman, regulars The Unthanks and later on – The Dubliners! Along with American Pie-artist Don McLean, the Irish aces will receive a Lifetime Achievement award to commemorate a marvellous 50 years in the business. Hearty renditions of Whiskey In The Jar, Wild Rover & Dirty Old Town down the years have injected the nation’s bloodstreams with nothing but warmth, thus the award is richly deserved.

An extra celebration of their half century service comes in a special programme entitled The Rocky Road From Dublin. Listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01blk01/The_Rocky_Road_From_Dublin_50_Years_of_The_Dubliners/