Nathan Wins at First Annual Folk Awards

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Local roots quartet Nathan has earned a few more trophies for its mantle this winter. The Winnipeg-based band won two awards at the inaugural Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA) in Gatineau, Québec on December 10. Manitoba acts were nominated for eight awards at the CFMA, including three nominations for bluegrass band House of Doc, and one nomination each for The Wailin' Jennys and James Keelaghan.

Nominated for three CMFAs for its sophomore album Jimson Weed, 2005 JUNO Award-nominated Nathan was competing for Best Album (Contemporary), Best Ensemble, and Best Vocal Group. The band won for Best Album (Contemporary) and Best Vocal Group. Nathan recently picked up two awards at the 2005 Western Canadian Music Awards, including beating out heavyweights like Bryan Adams to be named Best Songwriter.

The creation of the CFMAs, set to celebrate the breadth and depth of Canadian folk music, was announced in August 2005. Unlike the Junos, WCMAs and Canadian Country Music Awards, however, the CFMAs are not organized by a non-profit board-run association but rather a committee made up mostly of musicians. The CFMA organizing committee includes established artists like Grit Laskin and Bill Garrett, and Anne Marie Hamilton and Roddy Campbell of Peguin Eggs magazine.

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