What connects the Oscars and the BBC Folk Awards
? The glamour? The forty million people watching? The starlets in diamonds and designer dress? The sandals and Arran sweaters? Yes, all that; but in particular they are both voted for by a secret cabal of nabobs who come up with some truly terrible decisions. Decisions on a par with hanging out with Paris Hilton and shaving all your hair off.
The Oscar voters, in their wisdom, chose Oliver! over 2001: A Space Odyssey, Rocky over Taxi Driver, Forrest Gump over Pulp Fiction and pretty much everything over Hitchcock and Scorsese.
Similarly, the Folk Award dignitaries seem to have banished the new folk
movement that has taken off recently. This is perhaps justifiable with the likes of Adem
who, although clearly folk influenced, are not performing traditional music. There's no such get out with Alasdair Roberts
Roberts sings traditional songs usually only accompanied only by an acoustic guitar. …