The AMA-UK have announced the winners for the 2023 UK Americana Awards, alongside the honourees of their International Trailblazer and Lifetime Achievement Awards.
The UK Americana Music Week returned to venues in Hackney, London from January 23rd to 26th 2023. The UK’s biggest celebration of American roots music, the week featured showcases, industry panels and special events, all rounded off by the awards show at Hackney Empire on January 26th.
Presented by Holler's own Baylen Leonard and with special guest host ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, the show featured special musical performances and guests from both sides of the Atlantic.
Following her death in October at the age of 90, this year’s special Songwriter Legacy Award goes to country legend Loretta Lynn, whose ground breaking songs gave a voice to America’s working-class women. The awards show will include a multi-artist performance of her signature song 'Coal Miner’s Daughter'.
Allison Russell, Passenger, Nickel Creek, Lady Nade, The Hanging Stars, Miko Marks, The Heavy Heavy, Ferris and Sylvester, Simeon Hammond Dallas and Elles Bailey also took to the stage to perform on the night.
For the full list of Special Award honourees and Award winners, see below:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Mike Scott of The Waterboys
International Lifetime Achievement Award: Judy Collins
Trailblazer Award: TBA
International Trailblazer Award: Nickel Creek
Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award: The Hanging Stars
Best Selling Americana Album: Announced in January
Grass Roots Award: Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster
Songwriter Legacy Award: Loretta Lynn
UK Album of the Year
• Passenger - Birds That Flew and Ships That Sailed
• Bear's Den - Blue Hours
• Elles Bailey - Shining in the Half Light
• WINNER: Ferris and Sylvester - Superhuman
International Album of the Year
• Brandi Carlile - In These Silent Days
• Margo Cilker - Pohorylle
• WINNER: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raise the Roof
• Charley Crockett - The Man From Waco
UK Song of the Year
• WINNER: Hannah White - 'Car Crash'
• Marcus Mumford - 'Grace'
• Simeon Hammond Dallas - 'Make It Romantic'
• Danny George Wilson - 'The Right Place'
International Song of the Year
• CMAT - 'I Don’t Really Care for You'
• Zach Bryan - 'Something in the Orange'
• Amanda Shires - 'Take It Like A Man'
• WINNER: Allison Russell feat. Brandi Carlile - 'You’re Not Alone'
UK Artist of the Year
• Bear’s Den
• WINNER: Elles Bailey
• Ferris and Sylvester
• Lady Nade
International Artist of the Year
• WINNER: Allison Russell
• Margo Cilker
• The Dead South
UK Instrumentalist of the Year
• WINNER: Holly Carter
• Joe Coombs
• Joe Wilkins
• Mark Lewis
UK Live Act of the Year
• Beans On Toast
• WINNER: Elles Bailey
• Ferris & Sylvester
• Holy Moly & The Crackers
• Noble Jacks
• The Heavy Heavy
For more on UK Americana Week 2023, see below: