Cornish shanty singers Fisherman’s Friends are to perform at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards next month when musician Martin Carthy and Irish group Clannad are to receive honorary accolades.
The shanty gang from Port Isaac will provide music on the night as Carthy and Clannad are both given lifetime achievement awards at the event.
The ceremony celebrating traditional music is marking its 15th year this year.
Clannad – who charted with their theme music to TV series Harry’s Game in 1982 - will also play at the event to be staged at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 19, the same as the Brit Awards.
Carthy has been one of the key figures in British folk for half a century, releasing more than 40 albums as a solo star and with groups such as Steeleye Span.
He said: “I’ve just been lucky enough to follow my heart and pretty much do what I want over the past 50 years or so. If, along the way, I’ve been able to play a part, however small, in keeping the traditional music of these islands alive, then I consider myself a fortunate man.”
Another honorary prize – the “good tradition” award – will be given to the Cambridge Folk Festival which celebrates its 50th birthday this year.
Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan said: “Clannad and Martin Carthy have made magnificent contributions to folk music over the years and are thoroughly deserving of these prestigious accolades.”
Other performers on the night will include Martin Simpson and The Full English, in addition to Bellowhead and Suzanne Vega.