UK Americana Awards 2018: London Celebrates as Winners Announced
Pop the champagne: the winners of the third UK Americana Awards 2018 have been announced. Celebrating an eclectic mix of sounds from the world of Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Roots and Blues, the event took place last night (1 February) at Hackney Empire, closing the Americana Music Association UK conference.
Among the stellar nominees, were confirmed Black Deer artists William the Conqueror – shortlisted for UK Album of the Year with awaited debut, Proud Disturber Of The Peace – produced by Ruarri Joseph and Harry Harding.
The Cornwall trio stole the show at last year’s UK Americana Awards with a live performance alongside Van Morrison and Richard Thompson, courtesy of a Song of the Year nomination. On the night Robert Vincent won the coveted album of the year prize with his offering, I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins.
Double Grammy Award winner Jason Isbell and his band, The 400 Unit, who are also on the Black Deer bill as a UK festival exclusive, were presented with the International Album of the Year gong for The Nashville Sound – produced by Dave Cobb.
Robert Plant was amongst the crop picking up gongs after being honoured for his contribution to the genre throughout his career, with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Led Zeppelin front man was also given the award for Best Selling UK Americana Album of 2017.Carry Fire has sold 54,580 copies, according to the Official Charts Company.
Elsewhere, figureheads of folk Mumford & Sons received the Trailblazer Award for their hand in growing the Americana genre.
The 12 awards, which mark the achievements of Americana’s roots-inspired artists, was presented for the second year running by broadcasting royalty Bob Harris OBE.
Bob also selected the winner of the Emerging Artist Award, celebrating a breakthrough artist or group that has impressed. Wandering Hearts are this year’s recipients. The London country-folk-pop quartet follow in the footsteps of Devon trio Wildwood Kim, who bagged it last year, and recently toured the UK with William the Conqueror frontman, Ruarri Joseph.
Aside from the trophy giving, the audience (made up from music industry giants, award delegates and Americana fans) were treated to live performances from Robert Plant, Imelda May, Angaleena Presley, Courtney Marie Andrews, Emily Barker, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Robert Vincent, Worry Dolls and The Wandering Hearts.
The Black Deer team were there to watch the night unfold with our highlight being Plant’s staggering live performance with Mumford & Sons.
The awards marked the end of the 2018 AMA-UK Conference and showcase. The stand out performances for Black Deer were delivered from Reverend Sekou and The Texas Gentlemen, who performed with AMA’s former UK Artist of the Year Yola Carter, whose set nearly blew the roof off Oslo in Hackney.
(A brilliant performance from The Texas Gentleman)
Those victorious on the night for the membership-voted awards include:
UK Album of The Year
presented by Simon Mayo:
I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins,
by Robert Vincent
International Album of the Year
presented by Sir Patrick Stewart & Sunny Ozell:
The Nashville Sound, by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (produced by Dave Cobb)
International Artist of the Year
presented by Mary Gauthier:
Courtney Marie Andrews
International Song of the Year
presented by Sam Baker & Stevie Freeman:
Tenderheart by Sam Outlaw (written by Sam Outlaw)
UK Artist of the Year
presented by Frank Turner:
UK Song of the Year
presented by Chris Difford:
Home by Yola Carter (written by Yola Carter)
UK Instrumentalist of the Year
presented by Jesse Buckley:
Lifetime Achievement Award
presented by Bob Harris:
The Trailblazer Award
presented by Billy Bragg & Jed Hilly:
Mumford & Sons
Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award:
The Wandering Hearts
The Grassroots Award
presented by Danny George Wilson & Ralph McLean:
Come Down & Meet The Folks
The Best-Selling Americana Album of 2017
presented by the Official Charts Company’s Martin Talbot:
Robert Plant for Carry Fire