FOLK singer Mike Harding, who lives at Settle, has received an award to coincide with Kirkby Lonsdale hosting the country's biggest traditional Irish music festival.

The Irish Musicians Association - Comhaltas Ceoiltóirí Éireann - has bestowed the title of Ard-Ollamh on Mr Harding, which translates as "High Bard" of the festival, or fleadh.

The singer/songwriter is pictured above right with Vince Jordan, the association's president.

Mr Harding has been honoured for his contribution to traditional music, storytelling and broadcasting.

More than 600 musicians will be heading to Kirkby Lonsdale for the 2019 All-Britain Traditional Irish Music Festival, from June 28 to 30.