Lo­cal mu­si­cians shine at ECMAs

Pick up three awards in Char­lot­te­town

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION - BY ANDREW ROBIN­SON

Mu­si­cians from the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion re­gion were among those hon­oured at the 2011 East Coast Mu­sic Awards in Char­lot­te­town, P.E.I., held April 13-17.

The Once, a St. John’s folk trio fea­tur­ing Co­ley’s Point na­tive Andrew Dale, won Group Record­ing of the Year at the Sun­day evening clos­ing gala.

“Un­ex­pected. I’m speech­less,” Dale told The Tele­gram af­ter the group won the award. “It’s such a funny thing; when it’s the mem­bers vot­ing, you don’t think you’re pop­u­lar enough or good enough for them to vote for you, and then you win and it kind of dawns on you, ‘Holy crap, enough peo­ple in the as­so­ci­a­tion think we de­serve this.’”

The group had pre­vi­ously won two Cana­dian Folk Mu­sic awards and four MusicNL awards for its self-ti­tled de­but al­bum, which was self-re­leased in 2009 be­fore be­ing reis­sued by Bo­re­alis Records last year.

Duane An­drews of Car­bon­ear added an­other tro­phy to his col­lec­tion with a win in the Jazz Record­ing of the Year cat­e­gory. He shared the award with Cape Bre­ton fid­dler Dwayne Côté for their self-ti­tled record­ing of gypsy jazz duets. It was An­drews’ fifth win at the ECMAs since 2005.

The pair was also nom­i­nated for In­stru­men­tal Record­ing of the Year, which was won by Hal­i­fax’s Gyp­sophilia.

Fi­nally, The Idlers won World Record­ing of the Year hon­ours for its al­bum Keep Out. The reg­gae en­sem­ble in­cludes Car­bon­ear na­tives Paul Schi­ralli-Earle and Cur­tis An­drews, Duane’s younger brother.

The group re­cently re­turned home from a coast-to­coast tour that con­cluded with a per­for­mance on April 16 at a rally for New De­moc­tratic Party leader Jack Lay­ton in St. John’s.

Photo by Tara Brad­bury/Transcon­ti­nen­tal Me­dia

Andrew Dale (left), Geral­dine Hol­lett and Phil Churchill of St. John’s folk trio The Once show off their award for Group Record­ing of the Year at the 2011 East Coast Mu­sic Awards in Char­lot­te­town, P.E.I.

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