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30th Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards October 18th

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30th Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music AwardsSackville, NB, Canada -- The Downeast Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Society is pleased to announce the nominees for the 30th Annual Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards. As the season of summertime festivals closes, the Downeast Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Society was pleased to present the 30th Annual Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards on October 18th, 2014 at the Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro, NS.

All tickets are reserved seating. Advance tickets are $14.00 and are on sale at all TicketPro outlets across the Maritimes, on line at www.ticketpro.ca or by calling 1-888-311-9090 to reserve by credit card. Purchased tickets not mailed or picked up by October 17th will be available for pickup at the door with valid ID and receipt. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door, $18.00 each subject to availability.

The Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards were born in 1985 when a bluegrass magazine from Ontario decided this would be a great way to celebrate Bluegrass Music. At that time all the folks who voted were subscribers of the magazine. The Downeast Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Society was contacted to arrange a show consisting of 10 of the Maritime’s top bands. The magazine looked after the awards and presentations.

Master Awards are given when winners in any category have won 5 times, they then become no longer eligible for that particular award. The Downeast Society presents a Fan of the Year award each year which is chosen by a committee appointed by the Society from submissions received from various Bluegrass Associations. The Society adopts at least one Lifetime Member each year, also chosen by a committee appointed by the Society for outstanding contribution to the Society, their home Association and Bluegrass in general.

This year's nominees for the 30th Annual Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards are (in alphabetical order):

  • Banjo Player of the Year:
    • Ryan Dillman (Shadow River)
    • Darren Richard (Bluegrass Tradition)
    • Russell Saulnier (New Ground)
  • Bass Player of the Year*:
    • Karen Decoste (Bluegrass Tradition)
    • Wayne Dugas (New Ground)
    • Brian Hazlett (Shadow River)
    • Terry Mumford (A New Shade Of Blue)
  • Dobro Player of the Year:
    • George Grant
    • Dan Fraser
    • Phil Harris
  • Fiddle Player of the Year*:
    • Matt Hayes (Monroe)
    • Lukas Munroe (Blue Tie Affair)
    • Eddy Poirier (Janet McGarry & Wildwood / Poirier Family Band)
    • Bob Wynn (Truro Jam Band / Southbound)
  • Guitar Player of the Year:
    • Dave Doyle (Shadow River)
    • Jeff Nauss (Eight Wheel Drive)
    • Waylon Robicheau (Shadow River)
  • Mandolin Player of the Year:
    • Waylon Robicheau (Shadow River)
    • David Saulnier (New Ground)
    • Dean Simm (A New Shade Of Blue)
  • Male Vocalist of the Year:
    • David Doyle (Shadow River)
    • Waylon Robicheau (Shadow River)
    • Glen Williams (Eight Wheel Drive)
  • Female Vocalist of the Year:
    • Karen Decoste (Bluegrass Tradition)
    • Roxeen Roberts (Blue Tie Affair)
    • Christal Thibault (New Ground)
  • Individual Entertainer of the Year*:
    • Vincent Cormier (Bluegrass Diamonds)
    • Brian Hazlett (Shadow River)
    • Darren Richard (Bluegrass Tradition)
    • Terry Mumford (A New Shade Of Blue)
  • Vocal Group of the Year:
    • Bluegrass Tradition
    • Eight Wheel Drive
    • Shadow River
  • Gospel Performance of the Year:
    • Bluegrass Tradition
    • Blue Tie Affair
    • Shadow River
  • Most Promising Band of the Year:
    • Next Generation
    • Simply Blue
    • Shady Lane
  • Band of the Year:
    • Eight Wheel Drive
    • New Ground
    • Shadow River
  • Recording of the Year:
    • Blue Tie Affair
    • A New Shade of Blue
    • Simply Blue
  • Composer of the Year:
    • Tanya Acorn
    • Karen Decoste
    • Ryan Dillman
  • Promoter of the Year:
    • Danisha Comeau
    • Bill Dempsey
    • Wayne Dugas
  • Emcee of the Year:
    • Ken Edwards
    • Brian Hazlett
    • Bob Sharples
  • Radio / TV DJ of the Year**:
    • Charlie Hansen – Bluegrass Island (CFCY 99.5 FM Charlottetown)
    • Wilson Moore – The Bluegrass Jam (CFTA 107.9 FM Amherst / CHMA 106.9 FM Sackville)

*Categories receiving four nominations is a result of a tie within the top three placements.
** Only two nominees were named for this award.

Congratulations to all nominees! Good luck, and see you on October 18th!

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