Roots Acts Land Five Canadian Folk Music Award Nods

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Three hometown acts have been nominated for five trophies at the third annual Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). Awards will be handed on December 1, 2007 in a gala hosted by CBC’s Shelagh Rogers and Québec artist Benoit Bourque at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Québec.

Juno-winning neo-Celtic soul quintet The Duhks landed two nominations -– for Best Ensemble and Best Album-Contemporary -- for its latest release, Migrations. Roots quartet Nathan is also up for two awards for its third album, Key Principles, for Best Vocal Group and Best Songwriter-English. Up-and-coming duo Jacob and Lily has been nominated for Best New/Emerging Artist on the strength of its debut release, The Cathedral.

In the past two years, some of Manitoba’s top folk and roots acts have been nominated for the CFMAs. Nathan picked up a trophy at the inaugural event for Best Album-Contemporary in 2005, while folk legend James Keelaghan and world music a cappella ensemble Madrigaïa won awards in 2006 for Best Album-Traditional and Best Vocal Group, respectively.

This year’s CFMAs will feature performances by The Duhks as well as Ron Hynes, Vishten, Ian Tamblyn, Florent Volent, Galitcha, Sylvia Tyson, and T. Nile. 

The CFMAs were created to celebrate the breadth and depth of Canadian folk music.  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 Penguin Eggs magazine.


Best Album – Contemporary
The Duhks – Migrations

Best Songwriter – English
Keri Latimer, Shelley Marshall (Nathan) – Key Principles

Best Vocal Group
Nathan – Key Principles

Best Ensemble
The Duhks – Migrations

Best New/Emerging Artist
Jacob and Lily – The Cathedral

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