James Taylor honoured at Radio 2 folk awards

4th Feb 2009 | 12:29

James Taylor honoured at Radio 2 folk awards

Singer-songwriter wins lifetime achievement accolade

American singer-songwriter James Taylor has been honoured with the lifetime achievement award at BBC Radio 2's folk music awards. Despite heavy snow, Taylor attended the event on Monday – 2 February – and performed his 1968 song Carolina In My Mind.

On accepting the award, 60-year-old Taylor said: "I'm happier to be an ageing folkie than an ageing pop matinee idol."

In an attempt to define folk music, Taylor also commented: "Sometimes it's hard to know what it is. The main difference between folk and country is to do with gun racks and Jesus."

American folk artist Judy Collins was also presented with a lifetime achievement award. In 2008, this honour went to John Martyn, who sadly passed away on 29 January.

Here is the full list of winners:

Folk Singer Of The Year
Chris Wood

Best Duo
Chris While & Julie Matthews

Best Group
Lau

Album Of The Year
Trespasser – Chris Wood

Best Original Song
All You Pretty Girls – Andy Partridge (performed by Jim Moray)

Best Traditional Track
The Lark in the Morning – Jackie Oates

Horizon Award
Jackie Oates

Musician Of The Year
Tom McConville

Best Live Act
The Demon Barbers

Lifetime Achievement
James Taylor
Judy Collins

Folk Club Of The Year
The Black Swan Folk Club, York, UK

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