Local musicians shine at ECMAs
Pick up three awards in Charlottetown
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.
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.