Fay Hield

Faculty member in line for BBC Folk Singer of the Year

A musical maestro from the University has been nominated for three prestigious honours at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014.

Dr Fay Hield, from the Department of Music, has been shortlisted for Folk Singer of the Year and voted as a contender in the Best Album and Best Group categories for Full English – an album and touring band established as a result of a lottery funded project to create a digital archive of source materials freely available online.

The critically acclaimed singer, who lectures in Music, will also be performing at the historic Royal Albert Hall at the 15th annual awards ceremony which will take place on 19 February 2014.

Fay released her debut solo album Looking Glass in September 2010 before launching her second album Orfeo last year as Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party.

“I was not expecting to be nominated for Best Singer and it came as a great surprise,” said Fay.

“To be asked to play at the Royal Albert Hall is incredible. It is a world famous venue and it will be absolutely fantastic to perform at the ceremony. It is such a great honour.”

Fay features on The Full English album alongside other folk-world A-listers including Martin Simpson on guitar, Seth Lakeman on fiddle and Bellowhead’s Sam Sweeney on the arcane nickelharpa – a Scandinavian cross between a typewriter and a violin.