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Folk award for Fairport guitarist
Mike Harding
Radio 2 DJ Mike Harding presented the awards
Guitarist Richard Thompson has been given a lifetime achievement award by the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

He was handed the award by Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler before performing solo and with his original band Fairport Convention.

John Tams was presented with the folk singer of the year award by Bob Hoskins, and received album of the year for The Reckoning.

Julie Fowlis won best newcomer and Kate Rusby was named best live act.

Chris Wood and Hugh Lupton were awarded best original song for One in a Million, while musician of the year went to Michael McGoldrick.

Changing line-up

Among the presenters on the night were Charles Dance, Adrian Edmondson and Jack Vettriano.

Fellow Fairport Convention member Ashley Hutchings was named the winner of the "good tradition" award, presented by actor Sylvester McCoy.

There was also a performance from part of the Fairport Convention line-up which recorded the LP Liege and Lief, voted most influential folk album of all time in a listener vote.

The group has gone through numerous line-up changes in its nearly 40-year history.

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