Two Trophies for Manitoba Folk Acts

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Two Manitoba acts picked up trophies at the second annual Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA), held in Edmonton on December 10 at a gala hosted by Connie Kaldor and Gilles Garand.

A Cappella world music septet Madrigaïa was named Best Vocal Group in a category shared with fellow Manitobans The Wailin’ Jennys. Madrigaïa’s nominated sophomore release, Pléiades, also got nods for Best World Group and the Pushing the Boundaries award. The band’s release also currently up for Traditional Release of the Year at the Folk Alliance Awards in Memphis after having won Best World-Fusion Album at fifth annual Independent Music Awards.

Juno-winning singer/songwriter James Keelaghan won Best Singer – Traditional for his work on A Few Simple Verses. Keelaghan was also nominated for a CFMA for Best Album – Traditional and currently nominated for a Folk Alliance Award for Traditional Artist of the Year.

Five hometown acts were nominated for 10 awards at the CFMAs, including three nods for Juno-winning roots trio The Wailin’ Jennys and nominations for singer/songwriters Romi Mayes and Don Freed.

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