The annual Folk Alliance International conference got underway in Kansas City, MO yesterday with its International Folk Awards event. The organization gives out prizes for Artist, Album and Song of the Year, along with a variety of lifetime achievement awards and awards for contributions to the genre and community.
That’s where Steve Edge comes in. Steve is the only Canadian on the winners list this year and a well-deserved recipient of the Spirit of Folk Award. You can read more HERE about Steve’s long history with folk music in Vancouver.
The full list of winners is below, and below that, you’ll find a video of Steve receiving his award. Skip forward to about 2:19:00 to see Steve’s speech.
Here is the full list of winners:
Song of the Year (sponsored by Sound Royalties)
Tie: “B61” by Aoife O’Donovan and “Bright Star” by Anais Mitchell
Album of the Year (sponsored by Rounder Records)
“Crooked Tree” by Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway
Artist of the Year
Clearwater Award (sponsored by Levitt Foundation)
Spirit of Folk Award
Pat Mitchell Worley
Amy Reitnouer Jacobs
Rising Tide Award
People’s Voice Award
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
Living: Janis Ian
Legacy: Josh White (1914-1969)
Business/Academic: Oh Boy Records