Highlights of the 12th annual event, held on 4 December at the BBC Radio Theatre in London. Singer Jon Boden presents the winner after broadcast performances from the six finalists - all aged between 15 and 20 - Cinnte, Niamh Boadle, the Carrivick Sisters, Mairi and Steaphanaidh Chaimbeul, Chris Keating and James Findlay. Plus past winners and finalists with covers of songs by Pete Seeger, of whom a special profile follows.
Steve Earle celebrates folk giant
Pete Seeger , who turned 90 in May. A banjo pro whose uncompromising songs about civil rights, unions and ordinary Americans kept him off US TV and radio for years, Seeger wrote (or co-wrote) If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song), Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) and Where Have All the Flowers Gone? He also enjoyed success as part of Greenwich Village folk revival act the Weavers
(Goodnight Irene), who influenced Peter, Paul and Mary. The programme features input by Roger McGuinn (ex-Byrds), Donovan, Nanci Griffith and Tom Paxton.
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