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Win for fiddler James is 'shock'
James performing in the competition
James says the response from his family and friends to his win has been 'fantastic'

James Findlay, winner of BBC Radio 2's Young Folk Award 2010, says he is still getting used to his win.

He said: "It's fantastic, but it still hasn't really sunk in yet."

James was surprised to win the award, following the final in the BBC's Broadcasting House studios in London.

He said: "It was a hard [competition].

"Everyone there was doing different stuff within the folk genre. It was such a range, anyone could have won."


James, 20, explained that the competition started off with around 30 acts, who were then reduced to 12 in the semi-final.

He said: "Then the next round was in Stratford-Upon-Avon where we got whittled down to six.

"Next came the final, where it got whittled down to one - which is me!"

James described the response from family and friends to his win as "fantastic".

He said: "My mum and step-dad both came up [for the final]. They are both singers too and they are over the moon."

James with his award
James says his award has 'not really sunk in'

"Lasses from Skye with harps"

James, who has been playing since he was eight, said the type of folk music he plays is "more of traditional English folk genre", but the competition included other forms of folk:

He said: "There were lasses from Skye with harps, people playing Blues-y stuff - and then there was me and a guitar!

James was speaking on BBC Radio Solent's Big Dorset Brunch programme, where he also performed a song which he says is about: "How it's a bad idea to get married if you're a young lass."

Since his win, James is continuing to play live gigs, including regular shows in Dorset.

The Radio 2 Young Folk Award is the radio station's annual search for the most promising folk musicians in the UK.

Now in its 12th year, the initiative is open to anyone aged 15 to 20 who performs traditional and acoustic music with roots in any culture as a band, duo or soloist.



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