South Yorkshire’s double Brit Award winners Arctic Monkeys and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson are not the only ones celebrating top music honours, writes Graham Walker.
Sheffield folk stars Fay Hield and Martin Simpson, part of new folk super group The Full English, won Best Group and Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Sheffield indie rockers Arctic Monkeys, who opened the Brit Awards at The O2 with R U Mine, won Best British Album, for AM, and Best Group. Front man Alex Turner, in his acceptance speech, quipped: “That’s the 15 quid we put on One Direction down the drain.”
Doncaster born Louis and his band 1D didn’t leave empty handed, they were presented with the Global Success Award for the second year running and Best Video, for Best Song Ever, decided by fans on social media. They have 17.8m Twitter followers.
David Bowie, aged 67, became the oldest ever Brit winner with Best British Male Award, following comeback album The Next Day.
Basking in glory, up the road at at the Royal Albert Hall, were Sheffield’s folk superstars including Fay and Martin.
The Full English was assembled by Fay, as part of a ground-breaking project to create the world’s most comprehensive searchable database of British folk songs, tunes, dances and customs.
The mum of two, a University of Sheffield music lecturer, was also nominated for Folk Singer of the Year, which went to Derbyshire’s singer songwriter Bella Hardy, from Edale.
Of their Best Group win Fay said: “We’re not really a group, we’re just a bunch of folkies so we didn’t think we could win it.”
Martin’s own album Vagrant Stanzas, co-produced by Richard Hawley - who joined him to perrform live - was also shortlisted for Best Album.
“There’s nobody I would rather lose to than The Full English. We did two days of recording, 10 days of touring,” said Martin, also nominated for Musician of the Year, won by Aidan O’Rourke.
BRIT AWARD 2014 WINNERS:
British Male Solo Artist: David Bowie
British Female Solo Artist: Ellie Goulding
British Group: Arctic Monkeys
British Breakthrough Act: Bastille
British Single: Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre - Waiting All Night
British Album Of The Year: Arctic Monkeys - AM
Global success: One Direction
Best Video: One Direction - Best Song Ever
International Male Solo Artist: Bruno Mars
International Female Solo Artist: Lorde
International Group: Daft Punk
Critics’ Choice: Sam Smith
British Producer Of The Year: Flood & Alan Moulder
RADIO 2 FOLK AWARD 2014 WINNERS:
Folk Singer of the Year: Bella Hardy
Best Duo: Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
Best Group: The Full English
Best Album: The Full English – The Full English
Horizon Award:Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
Musician of the Year: Aidan O’Rourke
Best Original Song: Two Ravens – Lisa Knapp
Best Traditional Track: Willie of Winsbury - Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer
BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award: The Mischa Macpherson Trio
Lifetime Achievement Award: Martin Carthy
Lifetime Achievement Award: Clannad
Good Tradition Award: Cambridge Folk Festival
Hall Of Fame: Cecil Sharp