Rhiannon Giddens, Darlingside Top Winners At Folk Alliance International In Kansas City
February 18, 2016 at 12:38 PM (PT)
RHIANNON GIDDENS was one of the big winners as the FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL kicked off its 28th ANNUAL CONFERENCE last night with the INTERNATIONAL FOLK MUSIC AWARDS GALA held in the CENTURY BALLROOM at the WESTIN CROWN CENTER in KANSAS CITY, MO.
GIDDENS' "Tomorrow Is My Turn" won the Album Of The Year, while THE STRAY BIRDS' "Best Medicine" was named Song Of The Year and DARLINGSIDE earned Artist Of The Year honors.
The awards show also presented six SPIRIF OF FOLK AWARDS and three LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS.
Hosted by STEVE POLTZ and sponsored by PROHIBITION HALL, the awards show featured performances by SPIRIT OF FOLK recipient 99-year-old ARKANSAS fiddler VIOLET HENSLEY, ANISHAABE drummer, dancer and singer MIMKII OSAWAMICK, DERBYSHIRE, UK-based singer/songwriter and Album of Year nominee BELLA HARDY, and MASSACHUSETTS--based quartet DARLINGSIDE.
SPIRIT OF FOLK AWARDS: TROY CAMPBELL, VIOLET HENSLEY, SAM LEE, DAVE SIGLIN, PHYLLIS STENSON and TONY TURNER.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT (living), SONNY TERRY and BROWNIE McGHEE (legacy), ENGLISH FOLK DANCE SOCIETY (business/organization)