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Three new inductees into BCMA Hall of Fame

5 December 2018 Featured news


Lonnie Donegan, Aubrey Lovejoy and Alan Cackett were formally inducted into the British Country Music Association (BCMA) Hall of Fame on 24 November for their contributions to the genre.

Donegan, who passed away in 2002, was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame, with the ‘King of Skiffle’ being celebrated for his influence on the genre. The Scotland born artist, who was 71 when he passed, was the first UK male singer to have two US Top 10 hits and was once described as “Britain’s most successful and influential recording artist before The Beatles.”

In 1997, Donegan was awarded an Ivor Novello lifetime award and in 2000 was enlisted as an MBE, while musicians such as Paul McCartney, Brian May and Jack White have all hailed Donegan’s influence on music.

Meanwhile, Lovejoy has been involved in the country music scene for close to four decades and has long been established as one of the UK’s finest country music acts from years gone by.

Finally, Cackett has been a key member of the genre for almost half a century and was formerly the editor of Maverick magazine. Cackett first got involved with the BCMA in 1970 when he was commissioned with producing the first BCMA Yearbook and subsequently grew into the genre to the point he founded and became Publisher/Editor of Maverick.

Moving onto the awards themselves, The Wandering Hearts had a hugely successful night as they took home Entertainer of the Year, Group of the Year and UK Album of the Year on the night, while Luke Thomas won Musician of the Year.

The winners are as follows:

Entertainer of the Year – The Wandering Hearts

Male Vocalist of the Year – Darcy

Group of the Year – The Wandering Hearts

Duo of the Year – Gasoline and Matches

International Touring Artist – Jenn Bostic

Video of the Year – Backwoods Creek, When I Grow Up

Musician of the Year – Luke Thomas

Horizon Act – Izzie Walsh

International Album of the Year – Brothers Osbourne, Port St Joe

UK Album of the Year – The Wandering Hearts, Wild Silence

International Song of the Year – Luke Combs, When It Rains It Pours

UK Song of the Year – Jade Helliwell, Boom Tick

UK Female of the Year – Jade Helliwell

Best Original Festival – Buckle & Boots Country Festival

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2018

Best Solo – Kezia Gill

Radio Presenter of the Year – Bob Harris

Band of the Year – Izzie Walsh

Album of the Year – The Shires, Accidentally on Purpose

INDUSTRY AWARDS 2018

Services to Country Music – Mike Curb

UK Services to Industry – Mark Hagen

International Services to Industry – John Marks