The Fatea Awards, recognise achievement in 2007 as voted upon by the crew in the FATEA office. Everyone heard all of the winning recordings and artists. The exception is the live award where not everyone was at the same gig.

No one artist is allowed to win more than one award, though many were considered in a number of catagories

The awards come with plenty of kudos and merit, but sadly no big tv show, speeches and trophies. In each catagory we announce the winner and the two artists that came close to beating them to the winning post.

We also have three special awards. The Tradition Award is presented to the young guns that have traditional folk at the root of their sound and use it to inspire new songs, tunes and arrangements. The Innovation Award is presented for a context or concept that widens the appeal of roots based music. The Lifetime Achievement Award speaks for it's self. A new award this year, it recognises years of work in tradiional music, not just playing, but also by inspiring others to take part.

With out further ado or guilding of the lily, the top performers in the 2007 Fatea Music Awards are:

Favourite Album
Winner: Angels - Sean Taylor
1st Runner Up: Lightweights & Gentlemen - Lau
2nd Runner Up: Boys From The Abattoir - Waking The Witch

Favourite Single/EP/Mini Album
A Vodka For The Girl Who Changed My World Niall Quinn
1st Runner Up: The Zoo Sessions April Elizanbeth
2nd Runner Up: Letters From Lewis - Stornoway

Favourite Track
Winner: Carter, Cash Emma Jane
1st Runner Up: Zapatista Coffee Robb Johnson & The Irregulars
2nd Runner Up: Im A Train The Piney Gir Country Roadshow

Favourite Debut Album
Winner: Battle And Victory Nancy Elizabeth
1st Runner Up: Dragon - Spangleshifters
2nd Runner Up: Tea In The Sky - Lisa Marie Glover

Favourite Instrumental Album
Winner: What Men Deserve To Lose - The Peatbog Faeries
1st Runner Up: Ok Pewter - Mabon
2nd Runner Up: When Leaves Fall - Lauren MacColl

Favourite Female Vocalist
Winner: Chris While
1st Runner Up: Marsha Swanson
2nd Runner Up: Kate Walsh

Favourite Male Vocalist
Winner: Daniel Spillier
1st Runner Up: Andy Whittle
2nd Runner Up: Mathew Stead

Favourite Band/Duo
Winner: Show Of Hands
1st Runner Up: Megson
2nd Runner Up: Hummingbird

Favourite Live Performance
Winner: Rachel Unthank & The Winter Set
1st Runner Up: Rosie Doonan
2nd Runner Up: Shooglenifty

Favourite Festival
Winner: Cambridge Folk Festival
1st Runner Up: Towersy Village Festival
2nd Runner Up: End Of The Road Festival

Winner: John Barleycorn Reborn
1st Runner Up: The Demon Barbers
2nd Runner Up: The Diamond Family Archive

Winner: Jackie Oates
1st Runner Up: No I.D.
2nd Runner Up: 422 Dance Band

Born in Falkirk in 1950, Brian McNeill was trained on the violin before taking a soujourn to the electric guitar. Having seen the error of his ways, he went back to the fiddle and co-founded legendary Scottish group the Battlefield Band. A multi-instrumentalist, Brian is a dab hand at fiddle, viola, mandolin, cittern, bouzouki, guitar, concertina, bass and hurdy-gurdy. In addition he's a mean writer of songs and tunes, as well as the odd novel.

He was a member of folk super group Clan Alba, and is in constant demand as both a producer and session player. He has been the musical director of a number of prestigious concert series and was appointed Head Of Scottish Music at the Royal Acadamy Of Scottish Music And Drama. He has hosted the Session at Cambridge Folk Festival since 2001, during which time he clocked up the record for the most consecutive appearances at the festival. He has provided space for fledgling artists to stretch their wings.

It is without hesitation that we award Brian McNeill the first Fatea Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Brian McNeill