Fri, Apr 4, 2014.
A packed house at the blues showcase Thursday night at the East Coast Music Week heard Thom Swift's name called out as this year's blues recording of the year winner. The McAdam, NB, native was honoured for his latest disc, The Fortunate Few. It was one of five awards given out on the first night of shows in Charlottetown,
The event is already buzzing, with big crowds at each venue in the city's downtown. Full passes to the shows have already sold out, as have evening bracelets, and several individual venues. Delegates were lined up outside Globe World Flavours for the next available place at the blues stage, to hear sets from Kendra Gale, Ross Neilsen and Christine Campbell (pictured).
Another NB native grabbed his first ECMA. Alan Jeffries, the long-time guitar player for David Myles, took home the Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year trophy for his debut, the bluegrass album Coffee 'til Midnight. PEI's own Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys won Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year for Pickin N Clickin. The Town Heroes earned the Rising Star Recording of the Year award for their album Sunday Movies. And J-Bru's Stranger In My Hometown won the African-Canadian Recording of the Year.
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Bob 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).