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January, 19

Don McLean and Dubliners honoured

 
 
 
 
Don McLean and Dubliners honoured

American Pie singer Don McLean and veteran Irish band the Dubliners are to be honoured for their lifetime achievements at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

US star Don is famed for worldwide hits such as Vincent and American Pie, a track which was later given a facelift by Madonna.

The winners of the awards - to be presented on February 8 - were announced by presenter Mike Harding on his Radio 2 show.

The Dubliners have been among the most recognisable names in traditional Irish music since they formed 50 years ago.

The band - who collaborated with the Pogues, among others, to win a new generation of fans - are famed for tracks such as Whiskey In The Jar and The Rocky Road To Dublin.

Don - whose hits also include Crying - has also had a lengthy career, first hitting the charts in 1971, and last year was among performers at Glastonburyl.

He said: "The UK audience has been among the most loyal for over 40 years and without them certainly I wouldn't be considered for this honour."

Mike Harding - who will co-host the awards which will be broadcast live - said: "When The Dubliners virtually invented the Dublin pub music scene 50 years ago, they changed the face of Irish music forever. They were exciting and different, with a real whiff of danger about them."

And paying tribute to Don, he added: "The truly great songwriters, who create works of such quality that they become standards across genres, are owed a debt of gratitude by the music world and I think it's fantastic that we're presenting Don McLean with this award."

The event takes place at the Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays. Both honorary award-winners will perform on the night, alongside Christy Moore, The Unthanks, Martin Simpson and Seth Lakeman.

 

Source: music.uk.msn.com
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