Radio airplays are vital for independent artists. Yet finding the right ones willing to play the unsigned acts and being open to various genres takes some cherry-picking. But you can find them. UK based Radio Wigwam is one of these gems. They have been running at Radio Wigwam awards for the past few years, mostly online. And this year, for the first time ever, the ceremony was live and in person. Why am I telling you all this? The reason is simple. I had the great honour of being nominated in the Best Folk Act category. And I am very grateful. And speechless.

I was lucky enough to be in London for the ceremony, taking place in the famous Bedford in Balham. What a night we had. Such a joy not only meeting the radio people face to face but putting faces to names of various musicians I had been aware of through the internet to this point. Such a surprising turnout not only from the UK but also Ireland, Switzerland or the US. The word “community” gained a different meaning that night. It seems to me indie music is without doubt in safe hands.

I didn’t win the award in the end, Tu-kay & Ryan did and deservedly so. But you know what? Being nominated from a few thousands musicians who get played on the station is a huge deal and makes us all very proud of who we are and what we do.

Huge thanks to Radio Wigwam and everyone involved for putting on such a wonderful event!

Original photo by Dave Keegan at AP Studios, Dublin