The recent Baring-Gould Folk Weekend started off with an unexpected surprise for Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson, when they were presented with the Devon Folk Award 2012 in recognition of their 30 years work and as the ‘visionary founders of Wren Music’. The award was presented by the President of Devon Folk, Terry Underhill, and Ann Gill, Chair of Devon Folk, who also presented a hand crafted bowl from Powder Mills Pottery on Dartmoor.
The framed commendation cited: "In 1983 Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker created the organisation now known as Wren Music, with the vision of taking the people’s music to the people of Devon. Since then every year has seen major new projects, which have brought communities, large and small, together and they have touched the lives of tens of thousands of people. There are a few strands that have run through their work during those years. Their links with Newfoundland go back to the earliest days of the organisation, but they have now taken their music to many other countries. Also they have made the collection of Devonshire song collector, Sabine Baring-Gould, a basis for many projects over the years.”