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UK Country Radio Awards


By Lee Hanrahan

Last night I tuned in live to UKCountryRadio.com for live coverage of their 9th Birthday Party And Awards show and what an enjoyable evening of great British Country Music it was!

5pm through 7pm saw live coverage from Karl Shoemark and Nutty Norah at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport with the evenings entertainment warming and sound checking in the background. Karl caught up with Acousitc Journey who hinted at some great plans in the pipeline for 2017

The awards show was kicked off with a live performance by Group of The Year Nominees and Little Mountain Festival hostees Blue Genes who are always a delight.

Then the evening of awards was handed over to Martyn Williams and the winners are:-

UK Country Radio Male Singer of the Year – Thorne Hill

Thorne’s not wrong when he said ‘UK Country Music is flying this year!’ And then went straight onto give an amazing set with the beautiful Donna Marie on guitar and Justin Johnson, ‘the go to guy’ as quoted by Martyn Williams, on the djembe and producer of Thorne Hills album No More Holding Back. You can catch them out on co-headline tour with Narn in November.

UK Country Radio Duo of the Year – Holloway Road

Jack and Robert announced news of their new single Where We Are Tonight on Keep It Country TV last week. To be released on 23rd Septemeber – exciting news !!

UK Country Radio Album of the Year – Writing On The Wall by Raintown

Paul and Claire who couldn’t be at the awards posted a live excited and humbled video on social media minutes later. Album produced by Justin Johnson.

UK Country Radio Group of the Year – Gary Perkins and The Breeze

UK Country Radio Listeners Club Song Award – Wayne Jacobs with Paws at War

This was voted for on the night by the audience and made it the fifth Tom winner for Wayne!

UK Country Radio Female Singer of the Year – Zenne

Zenne performed a live set straight after and then the final award was annonuced and presented by the gorgeous 13 year old, Megan of Blue Genes

UK Country Radio Artist of The Year – RAINTOWN

This puts them at more than a dozen awards in 3 years!! Well deserved by Paul and Claire, a married duo from Glasgow, who have rapidly become one of the hottest acts on the UK scene and are expecting their first child this month!!

Next year will be UK Country Radios 10th birthday party and listening in live to everyone’s enjoyment I the evening has sealed the deal for me, I’ll see you there next year!! 😉 (Lee)


Annette Gibbons
Hi, I’m Annette, I have been a huge country music fan since the early 90s those were the days we were lucky enough to have CMT in the UK. I enjoy nothing more than listening to country music whilst having a cold beer (or a moonshine) with friends. I try to as many gigs as I can here in the UK and in the USA; I think of Nashville as my second home and I am lucky to have made some amazing friends in Tennessee. Think Country is something I am very proud of, I just want to share my love and passion of all things country music related with you all.
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