On Wednesday 5 April, the country’s finest folk performers and biggest folk music fans flocked to the Hall for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Watch the highlights from this remarkable celebration of folk music in just 2 minutes:

Recap the winners from the night, plus relive all the memorable performances:

Best Duo: Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton

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Conran McMullan/BBC


Best Traditional Track: Van Diemen’s Land by Daoirí Farrell

Daoirí Farrell performs his Best Traditional Track award-winning song Van Diemen’s Land.


Musician of the Year: Rachel Newton

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Conran McMullan/BBC


Lifetime Achievement Award: Ry Cooder

One of the most exceptional guitarists of his generation, the one and only Ry Cooder made a rare UK appearance to perform at the Folk Awards, as he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the 50th year of his career.


Hall of Fame: Woody Guthrie

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Katja Ogrin/BBC

This year, the awards inducted Woody Guthrie into the Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Hall of Fame, which recognises the special contribution of individuals whose impact and influence has had a lasting impression on the world of folk music.

2017 marks 50 years since the death of this icon of folk music, who wrote some of the most enduring standards in the genre. Legendary performer Billy Bragg paid tribute to the late Guthrie with a performance of I Ain’t Got No Home.


Horizon Award: Daoirí Farrell

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Katja Ogrin/BBC


Scottish quartet Fara perform Three Fishers at the Radio 2 Folk Awards:


Best Group: The Furrow Collective

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Katja Ogrin/BBC


European and African based collective Afro Celt Sound System perform Honey Bee:


BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award: Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente

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Harriet Breen/BBC


Best Original Track: If Wishes Were Horses by Kris Drever


Lifetime Achievement Award: Al Stewart

Singer-songwriter Al Stewart received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to folk music.


Best Album: Songs of Separation – Songs of Separation

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Katja Ogrin/BBC


One of the great English traditional singers Shirley Collins MBE returned to the stage more than 30 years after having lost her singing ability and retired from performing and recording, to perform Washed Ashore from her comeback album, Lodestar:


Folk Singer of the Year: Kris Drever

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Katja Ogrin/BBC


The Folk Awards featured a specially curated performance dedicated to victims of enforced child migration.

The Ballads of Child Migration – Medley of songs, was written to explore the history of forced child migration, and featured the Queensbridge Chamber Choir from Hackney, London: