The UKCountryRadio Music Awards took place last night (Saturday 3rd September) at the Radisson Blu Hotel at East Midlands Airport, and featured live performances by The Danny Lee Band, Steve Young, Blue Genes, Thorne Hill and many more. The event celebrated the 9th birthday of UKCountryRadio.com, and rewarded some of the best talent on the UK country scene for their efforts over the past year.
Glaswegian duo Raintown (Paul Bain and Claire McArthur-Bain) took home the prestigious award for ‘UK Country Artist Of The Year’ following a terrific year of festivals and touring off the back of their stunning album ‘Writing On The Wall’ which also won ‘UK Country Album Of The Year’.
Thorne Hill was named ‘UK Male Country Singer Of The Year’ following the success of his album ‘No More Holding Back’ and a number of superb shows at the likes of FSA Fest, Buckle and Boots and many more over the summer. Fully deserved for one of the stand-out vocalists in UK country.
Essex-based duo Holloway Road were awarded ‘UK Country Duo Of The Year’ after their immense progress in 2016, which has seen them perform at C2C once again, as well as Buckle & Boots where they cranked up the atmosphere in preparation for Raintown’s headlining show. A well-earned award for Jack and Rob who are quickly becoming one of the biggest acts in UK country, consistently impressing crowds with their charisma, energy and stage presence.
Here is the full list of winners:
UK Country Artist Of The Year – RAINTOWN
UK Male Country Singer Of The Year – THORNE HILL
UK Female Country Singer Of The Year – ZENNE
UK Country Duo Of The Year – HOLLOWAY ROAD
UK Country Group Of The Year – GARY PERKINS & THE BREEZE
UKCountryRadio.com Listener’s Club Song Award – WAYNE JACOBS – ‘PAWS OF WAR’
UK Country Album Of The Year – RAINTOWN – ‘WRITING ON THE WALL’