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28th Annual Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Award Winners Announced

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Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music AwardsThe 28th Annual Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards show was held in Truro on October 20th with a wonderful lineup of talent. The show was a bit different this year as there were only 4 groups in the first half, with all the awards presented during this time, The Groups were Next Of Kin, Mountain River, Eight Wheel Drive and Shadow River, with the host being Bill Graves, this segment was followed by an intermission. Cybergrass announced the program earlier in October.

The second half of the program was co-hosted by the two Master Emcees, Serge Bernard and Jerry Murphy and as the curtains opened the 2012 Eastern Canada Masters Band was playing.

This band consisted of all Masters, Eddy Poirier (Guitar), Vincent Cormier (Bass), Trevor Boutilier (Mandolin), Dale Wood (Mandolin), Allan Robichaud (Dobro), Frank Doody (Banjo), Christal Thibault (Fiddle) and Fraser Martin (Fiddle). Each of the band members were featured in an instrumental, as well as playing back-up for Janet McGarry (Master Female Vocalist) who did two numbers and Kevin Baker (Master Male Vocalist) who did two numbers. After this all took place, A New Shade Of Blue (Masters in both the Vocal Group and Gospel Group categories) were featured with three numbers, after which the evening came to a close with all the Masters doing that great old number, "Will The Circle Be Unbroken."

Following is a list of nominees and winners from that evening:

BANJO PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
RYAN DILLMAN (Shadow River)
(Also nominated: Kyle Doucet (Mountain River) and Darren Richard (Bluegrass Tradition).
BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
TERRY MUMFORD(A New Shade Of Blue).
(Also nominated: Karen DeCoste (Bluegrass Tradition) and Brian Hazlett (Shadow River).
DOBRO PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
GEORGE GRANT
(Also nominated: Dan Fraser (Southbound) and Doug Proctor (Shadow River)
FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
LUKAS MUNROE (Blue Tie Affair)
(Also nominated: Megan Isenor (Megan Isenor & Connections) and Eddy Poirier (Poirier Family Band / Janet McGarry & Wildwood)
GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
JEFF NAUSS (Eight Wheel Drive)
(Also nominated: Kyle Doucet (Mountain River) and Todd Macumber (A New Shade Of Blue)
MANDOLIN PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
DOUG PROCTOR (Shadow River)
(Also nominated: Daniel Lewis (Mountain River) and Dean Simm (A New Shade Of Blue).
BAND OF THE YEAR:
SHADOW RIVER
(Also nominated: A New Shade Of Blue and Bluegrass Tradition).
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR:
DAVID DOYLE (Shadow River)
(Also nominated: Dean Simm (A New Shade Of Blue) and Glen Williams (Eight Wheel Drive)
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR:
KAREN DECOSTE (Bluegrass Tradition).
(Also nominated: Roxeen Roberts (Blue Tie Affair), Allison Simm (A New Shade Of Blue) and Christal Thibault (New Ground)
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR:
BLUEGRASS TRADITION
(Also nominated: Mountain River and Shadow River).
GOSPEL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR:
BLUEGRASS TRADITION
(Also nominated: Close to Home, Janet McGarry & Wildwood and Mountain River.
INDIVIDUAL ENTERTAINER: DARREN RICHARD (Bluegrass Tradition)
(Also nominated: Serge Bernard (Janet McGarry & Wildwood) and Doug Proctor (ShadowRiver).
RECORDING OF THE YEAR:
JANET MCGARRY
(Also nominated: A New Shade of Blue and Joe Casey & Westwind).
MOST PROMISING BAND: MOUNTAIN RIVER
(Also nominated: Eight Wheel Drive)
COMPOSER OF THE YEAR:
RYAN DILLMAN (Shadow River)
(Also nominated: Trevor Boutilier (Bluegrass Tradition) and Laura Lee Jennex (Out Of TheBlue).
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR:
JERRY MURPHY
(Also nominated: Danisha Comeau and Anne-Marie & Maurice Melanson).
Winner of the PROMOTER also received the CHRIS DRAPER MEMORIAL AWARD.
EMCEE OF THE YEAR:
BOB SHARPLES
(Also nominated: Ken Edwards and Wilson Moore)
RADIO/TV DJ OF THE YEAR:
WAYNE DUGAS Vive la bluegrass (CIFA 104.1 FM Saulnierville)
(Also nominated: Charlie Hansen – Bluegrass Island (CFCY 99.5 FM Charlottetown) and Wilson Moore The Bluegrass Jam (CFTA 107.9 FM Amherst / CHMA 106.9 FM Sackville)
PARTICIPATION AWARD: CLARE BLUEGRASS MUSIC ASSOCIATION
(Runners up being Truro & Area Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Association and East Hants Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Association).
FAN OF THE YEAR:
BUDDY DEAGLE of Westville, NS.
  • First Lifetime Member Award: DICK CROFT
  • Second Lifetime Member Award: DAVID & MARILYN SINGER

The fans had a chance to meet and congratulate the Award Winners and nominees during a free Awards Reception and Pickin’ Party right at the CEC.

Next years Award date: 19 October 2013/dt

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