BBC Young Folk Award Winners – 2012
The Lowry Theatre in Manchester was the venue for the 2012 BBC Folk Awards on 8th February 2012, and it was a night that Ioscaid will never
forget! In October last year the guys performed in Kendal in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award semi-final, and, out of 10 acts, were chosen to progress to the finals, along with 3 other fantastic acts including Sunjay Brayne, Blair Dunlop and Graham Mackenzie.
All 4 acts were then invited to the BBC Folk Awards Final presented by Julie Fowlis and Mike Harding and with an audience including legends of folk such as The Dubliners, Don McLean, Andy Cutting, Tim Edey, Christy Moore…the list was endless. Ioscaid played during the live interval show along with the other Young Folk Award nominations before joining the rest of the crowd in the
Ed Byrne was introduced onto stage to present the Young Folk Award and tension was building as the competition was so tight for the title.
‘And the winner is…..Ioscaid!’-The lads couldn’t believe it and slowly made their way onto stage to collect the trophy from Ed and make a short acceptance speech.
It was a great night meeting all the musicians and singers after the ceremony and the tunes and songs went long into the night/morning with The Dubliners really showing their experience, still going strong as ever at 4am! We had a great night all round and have made some great friends along the way, congrats to the 3 lads Graham, Blair and Sunjay as well and we’re sure to meet them again soon!
Ioscaid would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped them along the way, family, friends and everyone else!
The great news is that the guys have agreed to record an EP, due to be released at the beginning of the summer, and they have been speaking to numerous gig and festival organisers. So keep the ears open, eyes peeled and watch this space!