David Myles Leads N.B. Nominations For ECMA's

The nominations for this year's East Coast Music Awards are out, with a pretty typical number of New Brunswickers in the running. Local folks scored a total of 26 nods, and that's about where we normally land, no big breakthroughs this year. Six of those go to David Myles, tying him with hip-hopster Classified and PEI rockers Paper Lions for the top spot. Myles and Classified share two of those nominations, part of their song writing and singing partnership on each other's albums, so it's nice and chummy in those categories.

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When the nominations come out, it's always a good time to reflect on how the province is doing in terms of development in the East Coast scene, as we've long been playing the catch-up game to the other provinces. We've proven we can develop equal talent in most categories, and that's reflected in Myles of course, Thom Swift too, nominated in blues. Matt Andersen didn't have an album out this past year, so he's on the sidelines, but it's well known now that talent comes from here, talent grows up here, even if some talent gets wooed away to Halifax to live at some point. It's better to check out the next generation, to see who's in the running.

Good to see the province continue to corner the blues market, even without Andersen there. Thom Swift is, with his album The Fortunate Few, and Ross Neilsen out of Fredericton, for The Shack-Up Sessions. The last couple of discs Neilsen has made have been the best of his career, and stand as tall as any blues albums made in the country today. He tours right across the country, has loads of fans, but for some reason doesn't get all the love he deserves come award time, both here and nationally. That needs to change. And also, great news for St. Andrews' Kendra Gale, as her Kendra Gale Band album got a nomination in blues as well, such a transition for her since starting out as a folk-type singer, and she's really become welcome in the blues clubs here.

Hats off to Alan Jeffries as well. The bluegrass boy is perhaps a bit better known as David Myles' touring guitar player, but on his own released his first full album, Coffee 'til Midnight, a sparkling bluegrass record, nominated for Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year. And so is the disc from Carolyn Holyoke of Fredericton, Collage, proving how strong the Celtic scene has become in the province as well. It isn't all Cape Breton!

We own Francophone recordings again this year, taking all five nominations in that category, and, Les Hay Babies are also nominated for Group Recording of the Year, for their Le Folio offering. They another young group just starting out, and already recognized as one of the most exciting bands in the area. The Motorleague continues to be a favourite as well, two nominations for the hard rockers from Moncton.

Aboriginal recording of the year? Chalk up a win for NB there, as all three bands nominated come from this province. Rounding out the nomination count are La Tour Baroque Duo in Classical Recording, In Dreams from Saint John for Electronic Recording of the Year, Becka deHaan for Gospel and a World Recording nomination for Ryan LeBlanc, another St. Andrews player. Nominees from all over the province, all types of music, all in all, a pretty thriving crop of New Brunswickers in this year's music award harvest.

Here is the complete list of New Brunswick nominees for East Coast Music Awards, to be handed out in Charlottetown on Sunday, April 6.

Aboriginal Recording of the Year
City Natives - 4 Kingz
Kickin' Krotch - Kickin' Krotch
TheBrokenReckords - TheBrokenReckords

Album of the Year
David Myles - In the Nighttime

Blues Recording of the Year
Kendra Gale - The Kendra Gale Band
Ross Neilsen - Shack Up Sessions
Thom Swift - The Fortunate Few

Classical Recording of the Year
La Tour Baroque Duo - The Last Time I Came O'er the Moor

Electronic Recording of the Year
In Dreams - Hologram

Francophone Recording of the Year
Caroline Savoie - Laisse-moi rêver
Les Hay Babies - Le Folio EP
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire - Hilaire à boire
Lina Boudreau - Si fragile univers
Maxime McGraw - Maxime McGraw

Fan's Choice Video of the Year
Classified - "Inner Ninja ft. David Myles" (Director: RT!)
The Motorleague - "North America" (Director: Josh Warburton)

Folk Recording of the Year
David Myles - In the Nighttime

Gospel Recording of the Year
Becka deHaan - Long-awaited, Unexpected

Group Recording of the Year
Les Hay Babies - Le Folio EP

Rock Recording of the Year
The Motorleague - Acknowledge, Acknowledge

Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year
Alan Jeffries - Coffee 'til Midnight
Carolyn Holyoke - Collage

Solo Recording of the Year
David Myles - In the Nighttime

Song of the Year
Classified - "Inner Ninja ft. David Myles"

Songwriter of the Year
David Myles - "So Blind ft. Classified" (Composers: David Myles / Classified)

World Recording of the Year
Ryan LeBlanc - Solitude

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About Bob Mersereau

Rockin' BobBob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).

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