Folk star Nancy Kerr is hoping award success will bring recognition to the many musicians she works with – as well as raising her own profile.
The 39-year-old, of Pitsmoor, Sheffield, was crowned singer of the year at the BBC Radio 2 folk awards, while narrowly missing out on the best album prize with her solo album Sweet Visitor.
The fiddler, singer and songwriter says: “It means a lot to win. A lot of folk musicians are independent musicians, without any commercial backing, so for the BBC to acknowledge us is really good.
“I am delighted to have the recognition. It gives me and the music a bigger profile and it’s good for all the bands I play in.”
Originally from London, Nancy is the daughter of piper Ron Elliott and singer-songwriter Sandra Kerr, so has been performing from a young age.
She says: “I have been a folk musician for 25 years and it’s nice to get this accolade. My profile goes up, but I was around already.”
Nancy came to prominence in the 1990s, although Sweet Visitor was her first solo album – and she is already working on another.
“I am very close to having another solo album ready,” she says. “It’s with the Sweet Visitor band, but it’s my name on it. I work with Sheffield-based producer Tom Wright who works in a studio down the road. I can write a song and pop down the road and record it and get the music out really quickly.”