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Gene Shay Wins Folk DJ of the Year

February 23, 2007

WXPN & Folk Alley's new host, Gene Shay, took home top prize for Folk DJ at the 2007 Folk Alliance Awards show held on Wednesday, February 21st.

Congratulations to Gene!

Keep reading for a list of other award categories, nominees and winners!

Dick Pleasants, WUMB
*Gene Shay, WXPN*
Rich Warren, WFMT
Susan Forbes Hanson, WHUS
Suzanne MiIlsap, KRCL

"Bring Them Home", Burns Sisters
"People Look Around", Catie Curtis and Mark Erelli
*"Seems So Real", Chris Smither*
"Pony", Diana Jones
"Folk Is the New Black", Janis Ian

*Bruce Springsteen - We Shall Overcome-The Seeger Sessions*
Crooked Still - Shaken By a Low Sound
Les Tireux d'Roches - Papier y Ciseaux
Madrigaia - Pleiades
Pine Leaf Boys - Pine Leaf Boys Two Steps

Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer - Seven Is the Number
Greg Greenway - Weightless
Jeffrey Foucault - Ghost Repeater
John Gorka - Writing in the Margins
*Wailin' Jennys - Firecracker*

Guy Davis
James Keelaghan
Natalie MacMaster
Old Crow Medicine Show

*Chris Smither*
Darrell Scott
Greg Brown
Janis Ian
Wailin' Jennys

Amy Speace
Anais Mitchell
*Crooked Still*
Diana Jones
Pat Wictor

Kiran Ahluwana
Lache Cercel and His Roma Swing Ensemble
Lila Downs
*Mamadou Diabate*
Marisa Monte

*Fleming Artists*
Folklore Productions
Mary Granata
Mongrel MusicRoots Agency

SMALL FOLK VENUE (under 250 capacity)
Cactus Cafe - Austin, Texas
Cafe Carpe - Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
Cafe Lena - Sarasota Springs, New York
*Club Passim - Cambridge, Massachusetts*
Hugh's Room - Toronto, Ontario

LARGE FOLK VENUE (over 250 capacity)
The Ark - Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Birchmere - Arlington, Virginia
Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Iron Horse - Northampton, Massachusetts
*Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago*

Falcon Ridge Festival
Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival
*Kerrville Folk Festival*
Philadelphia Folk Festival
Winnipeg Folk Music Festival

Posted by Linda Fahey at February 23, 2007 11:40 AM


Nice to see the rest of the world getting a chance to hear the voice we "Philly pholkies" have treasured for years, Gene Shay. Nice to see him be recognized for his contributions as DJ of the year.

Posted by: Mike Smith at February 23, 2007 3:35 PM

Yea Kerrville Folk Festival!
The first thing you experience when driving in the gate is an enthusiastic, "WELCOME HOME!", and they mean it!
KFF is truly a warm and wonderful experience, and some of the best music is in the camps after hours - at ALL hours! I was able to see and meet four of my favorite artists in just one evening - and there are 18 full days of performances. Congrats to KFF!

Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at February 24, 2007 1:38 AM

Hey - Congrats, Gene Shay!

Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at February 24, 2007 8:58 AM

Ah yes...Gene Shay. We share friends in the Jersey girls, Mel and Lisa, we've shared campfires at Falcon Ridge and he always came back for more camp snack offerings. But now having recently moved from Philly, I've missed him on xpn's Sunday folk show. But this...this recognition AND being Folk Alley's new host, well it brings it all back home. Congrats!

Posted by: Janiece Mcwilliams at March 10, 2007 11:34 AM

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