Brits for Arctic Monkeys and 1D as Sheffield folk shine

Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys
Have your say

South Yorkshire’s double Brit Award winners Arctic Monkeys and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson are not the only ones celebrating top music honours, writes Graham Walker.

Sheffield folk stars Fay Hield and Martin Simpson, part of new folk super group The Full English, won Best Group and Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

One Direction

One Direction

Sheffield indie rockers Arctic Monkeys, who opened the Brit Awards at The O2 with R U Mine, won Best British Album, for AM, and Best Group. Front man Alex Turner, in his acceptance speech, quipped: “That’s the 15 quid we put on One Direction down the drain.”


Doncaster born Louis and his band 1D didn’t leave empty handed, they were presented with the Global Success Award for the second year running and Best Video, for Best Song Ever, decided by fans on social media. They have 17.8m Twitter followers.

David Bowie, aged 67, became the oldest ever Brit winner with Best British Male Award, following comeback album The Next Day.

Fay Hield

Fay Hield

Basking in glory, up the road at at the Royal Albert Hall, were Sheffield’s folk superstars including Fay and Martin.

The Full English was assembled by Fay, as part of a ground-breaking project to create the world’s most comprehensive searchable database of British folk songs, tunes, dances and customs.

The mum of two, a University of Sheffield music lecturer, was also nominated for Folk Singer of the Year, which went to Derbyshire’s singer songwriter Bella Hardy, from Edale.

Of their Best Group win Fay said: “We’re not really a group, we’re just a bunch of folkies so we didn’t think we could win it.”

Martin Simpson

Martin Simpson

Martin’s own album Vagrant Stanzas, co-produced by Richard Hawley - who joined him to perrform live - was also shortlisted for Best Album.

“There’s nobody I would rather lose to than The Full English. We did two days of recording, 10 days of touring,” said Martin, also nominated for Musician of the Year, won by Aidan O’Rourke.


British Male Solo Artist: David Bowie

British Female Solo Artist: Ellie Goulding

British Group: Arctic Monkeys

British Breakthrough Act: Bastille

British Single: Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre - Waiting All Night

British Album Of The Year: Arctic Monkeys - AM

Global success: One Direction

Best Video: One Direction - Best Song Ever

International Male Solo Artist: Bruno Mars

International Female Solo Artist: Lorde

International Group: Daft Punk

Critics’ Choice: Sam Smith

British Producer Of The Year: Flood & Alan Moulder


Folk Singer of the Year: Bella Hardy

Best Duo: Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

Best Group: The Full English

Best Album: The Full English – The Full English

Horizon Award:Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

Musician of the Year: Aidan O’Rourke

Best Original Song: Two Ravens – Lisa Knapp

Best Traditional Track: Willie of Winsbury - Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award: The Mischa Macpherson Trio

Lifetime Achievement Award: Martin Carthy

Lifetime Achievement Award: Clannad

Good Tradition Award: Cambridge Folk Festival

Hall Of Fame: Cecil Sharp