Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi have won the Grammy for Folk Album of the year…
Banjophonics, the new album by Coleraine-born, Damien O’Kane (pictured above right) and Ron Block from California, has entered the Official UK Folk Album charts at No. 10.
This marks a second success for Damien in the current top ten: he is also a member of the backing band of his wife, Kate Rusby, whose album, 30 Happy Returns, is now at No. 3 – having entered the chart at No. 1 in June.
Before joining Kate’s band, Damien was a member of Flook when they won the Best Group accolade at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2006.
The UK Folk Album chart is calculated each month on the basis of sales of downloads, CDs, vinyl and other formats, plus streams. The definition of what constitutes ‘folk’ is determined by the Official Charts Company in partnership with English Folk Expo.
The other Irish albums featuring in this month’s chart include Nine Waves by Ye Vagabonds at No. 21 (down from a peak of No. 4) and Flying into Mystery by Christy Moore at No. 22 (down from a peak of No. 3) while Dawn by CCÉ Britain alumni, Talisk, is at No. 30.