ECMA folk/roots winners announced

This week is East Coast Music Week, the East Coast Music Association’s annual conference and award celebration.

This year many of the awards are being handed out over the conference’s four days, and only eight winners will actually be recognized at the closing gala on Sunday, in order to leave more time for musical performances that night. The rest are being awarded throughout the week at genre-specific events that double as showcases for the artists, and a boon for the fans that make up each musical community.

The folk and roots awards were announced last night at a Roots Showcase in Charlottetown, PEI, that featured performances from Jimmy Rankin, Amelia Curran, Ian Janes, Richard Wood, Cynthia MacLeod and Ian Sherwood (only Wood and Macleod were nominated for awards this year).

Folk Recording of the Year went to David Myles for his fourth album, Turn Time Off. Pictou County, Nova Scotia’s Dave Gunning took the award for Roots/Traditional Solo Recording for his A Tribute to John Allan Cameron, a salute to the life’s work of a man who’s been called “the Godfather of Celtic music.

Gunning and Myles lead the ECMA nominations this year, with five each.

The first 2011 ECMA award to go to a Newfoundlander actually went to two of them. Sisters Mauren and Karen Ennis, who together make up the group Ennis (formerly The Ennis Sisters), won Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year for their album lessons learned.

The ECMA gala will be livestreaming this Sunday, starting at 8 p.m. Atlantic at www.ecma.com, with musical performances from David Myles, Dave Gunning, Amelia Curran, Matt Andersen, and more.

Ennis promo image from EnnisMusic.com

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