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Best of Awards
The International Folk Music Awards - Best of Awards
Album of the Year
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Song of the Year
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Finalists are compiled from "Best of 2017" radio and print media lists in the US, Canada, the UK, EU, and Australia in addition to the year-end Folk DJ chart.

The IFMAs are the premiere presentation of folk music industry awards. Awards and distinctions presented to honor leaders, legends, and rising talent include Album, Song, and Artist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Spirit of Folk, and inductions into the folk DJ Hall of Fame. Additionally, the People’s Voice and Clearwater Awards were added in 2017 in a permanent commitment to honor the socially conscious roots of folk music.


FAI voting members in good standing are eligible to vote for one artist in each category. Once a vote has been cast, the ballot is inactive for that member.


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Finalists for Album of the Year

(in alpha order) 

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A Stranger In This Time by Tim Grimm And The Family Band  

Freedom Highway by Rhiannon Giddens 

Between Earth & Sky by Lankum

The Queen of Hearts  by Offa Rex 

When the Bloom Falls from the Rose by Sarah Jane Scouten 

Finalists for Song of the Year

(in alpha order) 

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"Hazel" by Andrew Combs 

"Salt In The Water" by John Blek

"Tshin an Nitauassim" by Shauit

"Y'all Means All" by John McCutcheon


"You Didn't Call My Name" by Molly Tuttle


Finalists for Artist of the Year

(in alpha order) 

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Martin Simpson


Ordinary Elephant

Rose Cousins

The War and Treaty


Yola Carter


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Past Recipients

2016 Undercurrent by Sarah Jarosz "Black Man in a White World" by Michael Kiwanuka & Inflo Parker Millsap
2015 Tomorrow is my Turn by Rhiannon Giddens "Best Medicine" by The Stray Birds Darlingside

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