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Grammy Noms Made Public

December 11, 2006

The nominations for the 49th Grammy Awards were announced on Dec. 7 in a big flashy ceremony. Like some kind of crazy throw-back, Bob Dylan will compete against Neil Young for Best Rock Song and Best Solo Rock Performance (Young's album, Living with War, is nominated for Best Rock Album - however, Dylan's Modern Times, for no good reason, is included in the Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album category). The Duhks and "Heaven's My Home" are nominated for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (picked up last year by Alison Krauss + Union Station).

Other nominations heavy with Folk Alley artists include Best Country Instrumental Performance (Casey Driessen, Tommy Emmanuel, Bryan Sutton & Doc Watson, Chris Thile and Jim VanCleve) and Best Bluegrass Album (The Grascals, Jim Lauderdale, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives and Rhonda Vincent). For the Folk categories, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Odetta, Linda Ronstadt & Ann Savoy, Bruce Springsteen and Ralph Stanley are nominated for Best Traditional Folk Album and Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Guy Clark, Dylan and Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris will arm wrestle for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album (the first time - I think - that the term Americana has been included in the award).

With any luck, one of these will make the telecast on Feb. 11 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 6:01 PM | Comments (8)

Canadian Folk Music Awards Presented

The Canadian Folk Music Awards were handed out on Dec. 10 in Edmonton, AB. Those going home with statuettes included Penny Lang for Best Album-Contemporary (for Stone & Sand & Sea & Sky) and Best Solo Artist; Nicolas Boulerice et Olivier Demers for Best Album-Traditional (Un peu d'ci, Un peu d'ca); Stephen Fearing for Best Songwriter-English; Bruce Cockburn for Best Instrumentalist-Solo; The McDades for Best Instrumental-Group and Best World Group; Andrew Collins for Pushing the Boundaries; Sarah Brunell for Young Performer of the Year; and T. Nile for Best New/Emerging Artist. The full list of nominees and winners is available on the Canadian Folk Music Awards web site.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 5:35 PM | Comments (2)

Nominations for Radio 2 Folk Awards Announced

The panel has made its decision. Final winners will be announced on Feb. 5 at The Brewery in London. Nominees include Tim van Eyken, Julie Fowlis, Seth Lakeman and Karine Polwart for Folk Singer of the Year; Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Show of Hands, and Spiers & Boden for Best Duo; Bellowhead, Salsa Celtica, Van Eyken and Waterson:Carthy for Best Group; The Devil's Interval, Kris Drever, Shona Kipling & Damien O'Kane, and Martha Tilston for Horizon Award; and John McCusker, Martin Simpson, Dave Swarbrick and Chris Thile for Musician of the Year. Prizes will also be awarded for Best Album, Best Original Song, Best Traditional Track, and Best Live Act.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 5:15 PM | Comments (3)

West Coast Blues & Roots Festival

Australia's West Coast Blues & Roots Festival has announced the first round of artists for the two day festival on March 31 and April 1 (most of whom will also make appearances at the East Coasst Blues & Roots Festival the next week). The list includes The Waifs (fresh off of maternity leave), Bo Diddley, Amos Lee, Ben Harper, DMB, John Mayer, Ben Kweller, and many others. Tickets are now on sale.

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