BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017

Last night (5th April) was the occasion of the annual Radio 2 Folk Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Amongst the many highlights of this magnificent show were the induction of Woody Guthrie into the Hall of Fame by Billy Bragg, and a Lifetime Achievement Award given to the great Ry Cooder by Nick Lowe.

Now there’s a link between these two events…….a guest in the audience was 89 years old Tom Paley who not only played regularly in the late 40s and 50s with Woody in New York City but later, while a member of the New Lost City Ramblers, also gave guitar lessons to a keen adolescent  Ry Cooder, still at school in Santa Monica where the Ramblers were in residence.

Billy chose I Ain’t Got No Home to perform and Ry chose Jesus on the Mainline as his solo piece, both to rapturous applause.

After the awards, Tom who hadn’t seen Ry for 55 years or so joined up with him for a reunion backstage. Wonderful!

You can watch or listen to the whole show

Billy Bragg & Tom
Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder & Tom


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