The 2015 Folk Music Awards

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The 2015 Folk Music Awards were announced last night, and we’ve got the full list of winners right here!


The 2015 Folk Music Awards were announced last night, and the list of winners is quite impressive. Some of the big winners include: The Avett Brothers, Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton, and The Greencards. But there are plenty of other great artists who took home awards as well.

Best Album

This year’s best album goes to Boston-based trio Darlingside for their debut album, “Birds Say.” The group, which formed in 2011 while the members were studying at Harvard University, has been praised for their intricate four-part harmonies and creative use of traditional and modern instrumentation. In an interview with NPR, band member Auyon Mukharji says that the album was inspired by “the folky, acoustic sound of the early ’60s and ’70s,” but that they also wanted to experiment with ” contemporary folk sounds.”

Best Singer-Songwriter

The 2015 Folk Music Awards were held on October 1, 2015 at the Town Hall in New York City. The awards were given out in 14 different categories and the winners were chosen by a panel of music experts.

Best Singer-Songwriter:

The award for Best Singer-Songwriter went to troubadour John Prine. Prine is known for his wry and often humorous lyrics, and has been praised by Bob Dylan as “the songwriter we all wish we could be.” Prine began his career in the early 1970s and has released over 20 albums, including his most recent, “In Spite of Ourselves” (1999).

Best New Artist

This year’s best new artist is Sarah Jarosz. At only 25 years old, she has already released three solo albums and one album with Nickel Creek. She is a classically trained musician who plays the mandolin, banjo, guitar, and piano.

Best New Artist
Sarah Jarosz


The 2015 Folk Music Awards were held on November 19, 2015 in New York City. The awards were hosted by John Legend and included performances by Jack White, The Decemberists, Sting, Emmylou Harris, and more.

Best Live Performance

Assuming you are referring to the 2015 Folk Music Awards:

The best live performance award went to the band Bear’s Den for their outstanding performance at the Newport Folk Festival.

Best Collaborative Performance

The Best Collaborative Performance was awarded to Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott for their work on the album Memory’s Voice.

Awards Show

The 2015 Folk Music Awards were announced last night, with some of the biggest names in the industry being honoured. The awards ceremony was held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and was hosted by actor and musician, Steve Martin.

Best Venue

The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA was voted Best Venue in the 2015 Folk Music Awards. The Fillmore has been a go-to spot for folk music lovers for decades and continues to be one of the premier folk music venues in the country.

The Fillmore is known for its excellent acoustics and intimate atmosphere, both of which are essential for a great folk music experience. The venue has hosted some of the biggest names in folk music over the years, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Emmylou Harris.

If you’re looking for a great place to catch some live folk music, you can’t go wrong with the Fillmore.

Best Lighting

And the award for best lighting goes to….

The 2015 Folk Music Awards were held last night, and there were some exciting winners in the lighting category. Best Use of Lighting in a Live Performance went to Bon Iver for their show at the Beacon Theatre, and Best Use of Lighting in a Music Video went to Mumford & Sons for their video for “The Wolf.”

Some other notable winners include The Lumineers for Best Folk Album, John Prine for Best Americana Album, and Lake Street Dive for Best breakthrough Artist.

Best Sound

Folk music is often passed down through generations orally, making sound an important part of the tradition. The Best Sound award goes to the album that best captures the feeling of a live performance. This year’s nominees are:

The Clear Pond by The Greenbriars
Engine by John McCutcheon
Fly Me Home by Gathering Time
The Lighthouse by Si Kahn and The Looping Brothers
The Next Right Thing by Ben Bedford

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