Bragg to get folk music honour
Published 23/01/2013 | 18:56
Billy Bragg is to be honoured at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for his contribution to traditional music.
The musician and activist, who began his musical career in a punk band Riff Raff, will be presented with the "roots award" at the event to be staged in Glasgow.
Billy - often referred to as the "Bard of Barking" - will also perform at the show, which will be broadcast live by the station on January 30.
The singer-songwriter has long had elements of folk in his music, from his early days as a solo act in the early 1980s when he performed with just an electric guitar. In 1996 he brought unrecorded lyrics by US folk singer Woody Guthrie to life by setting them music, along with the band Wilco.
The roots award is given to recognise "an outstanding contribution to folk music from a grass-roots level upwards".
He was ditched after hosting the awards since their launch in 2000 and after 15 years of presenting Radio 2's folk show, but he has gone on to build a following producing a regular podcast.
Mark has taken over the station's folk programme.