Americana singer-songwriter Jimmy Livingstone has been described as a modern day Glen Campbell crossed with Richard Hawley. His songs carry a folkloric quality that echo the music of America’s Deep South, while his plaintive lyrics reveal an affinity with the great outdoors and a love of nostalgia.
Mary Epworth makes the sort of outsider folk that naturally holds her contemporaries at a distance; rather than attempting to recreate purist English roots music of years passed, she pours enough originality into her own songs to enliven a genre that can easily feel tired and cliché
The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards have become a celebration and focal point for the folk world. For the last two years the event has been opened up to the public and this year the ceremony was held in Glasgow as part of the Celtic Connections Festival.