Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album

The Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album was awarded from 1987 to 2011. Until 1993 the award was known as the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Recording.

Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album
Awarded forquality traditional folk music albums
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1987
Last awarded2011

An award for Best Contemporary Folk Album was also presented. Prior to 1987 contemporary and traditional folk were combined as the Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording.

The award was discontinued in a major overhaul of Grammy categories. In 2012 this category was merged with Best Contemporary Folk Album to form the new Best Folk Album category.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.

Winners and nominees

Year Artist Work Nominees
1987 Doc Watson Riding the Midnight Train
1988 Ladysmith Black Mambazo Shaka Zulu
1989 Various Artists Folkways: A Vision Shared
1990 Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, Volume II
1991 Doc Watson On Praying Ground
1992 Various Artists The Civil War
1993 The Chieftains An Irish Evening
1994 The Chieftains The Celtic Harp: A Tribute to Edward Bunting
1995 Bob Dylan World Gone Wrong
1996 Ramblin' Jack Elliott South Coast
1997 Pete Seeger Pete
1998 BeauSoleil L'Amour Ou La Folie
1999 The Chieftains Long Journey Home
2000 June Carter Cash Press On
2001 Dave Alvin Public Domain
2002 Various Artists Down from the Mountain
2003 Doc Watson Legacy
2004 June Carter Cash Wildwood Flower
2005 Various Artists Beautiful Dreamer
2006 Tim O'Brien Fiddler's Green
2007 Bruce Springsteen We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
2008 Levon Helm Dirt Farmer
2009 Pete Seeger At 89
2010 Loudon Wainwright III High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project
2011 Carolina Chocolate Drops Genuine Negro Jig


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