Chrissy wins her first Canadian Folk Music Award
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East Coast musicians weren’t just picking up awards in Cape Breton on the weekend.
Besides the Music Nova Scotia Awards at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre and Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion in Sydney, Sunday night also saw the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards take place in Calgary with four categories claimed by Nova Scotian acts.
Veteran Cape Breton Celtic musicians Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac saw their first duo release Seinn pick up the traditional album of the year CFMA. The record was also honoured by the Music Nova Scotia Awards in a similar category.
Waverley singer-songwriter Mo Kenney augmented her triple-win in Sydney with a CFMA in the new/emerging artist of the year category for her self-titled debut, produced by Dartmouth-based musician Joel Plaskett.
In a category with three Nova Scotia nominees, Ian Sherwood’s Live at the Hive picked up the contemporary singer of the year CFMA, for a collection of songs he described as the outpouring of “a prolific broken heart.” It was a tough race for the Halifax musician against fellow Haligonian Stephen Fearing’s Between Hurricanes and Chester-based Old Man Luedecke’s Nashville-recorded Tender Is the Night.
There was also a triple-Cape Breton race in the instrumental solo artist CFMA category, with three out of five nominees coming from the island. The award went to fiddler Chrissy Crowley’s Last Night’s Fun, over Turns by Rachel Davis and guitarist Maxim Cormier’s self-titled debut, although the latter did get to go home with a Music Nova Scotia Award for Francophone recording of the year.
Currently in their ninth year, the Canadian Folk Music Awards move to Ottawa for the 2014 instalment. For more information visit folkawards.ca.