Releasing a solo album while waiting for the Wailin’ Jennys to record a new release didn’t hurt Ruth Moody or her band.
Moody’s solo album, The Garden, and the Wailin’ Jennys’ disc, Bright Morning Stars, are nominated for a combined five Canadian Folk Music Awards. Moody is up for solo artist of the year, new/emerging artist and the pushing the boundaries award, while the Wailin’ Jennys are nominated for vocal group and ensemble of the year.
Additionally, Bright Morning Stars’ producer, Mark Howard, was nominated for producer of the year for his work on the album.
The awards will be handed out Dec. 4 at the seventh annual CFMAs in Toronto.
Seven different Manitoba artists and a production team were nominated for 10 different awards. Other nominees include Cat Jahnke for contemporary singer of the year; Les Surveillantes for French songwriter; Vince Fontaine and Don Amero for aboriginal songwriter; Trio Bembe for world artist: group; and Steve Bell, Dave Keglinski and Murray Pulver for producer of the year for their work on Bell’s Kindness).
Former Winnipeg duo Twilight Hotel is up for contemporary album and the pushing the boundaries award for When the Wolves Go Blind.
Veteran singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn and Nova Scotia artist Dave Gunning lead the list of nominees with four nominations each.
– Winnipeg Free Press – Staff Writer