30 September 2011

IBMA awards: the Irish connections

Photo: Alane Anno

Thanks to Judy McDonough (there's a possible Irish link straight away) of JEMMedia for a press release on the International Bluegrass Music Awards, which were presented yesterday in Nashville, TN.

Award recipients who have performed in Ireland include the Steep Canyon Rangers (seen above with Steve Martin, with whom they shared the Entertainer of the Year award), Del McCoury (Hall of Fame inductee), the Gibson Brothers (who won both the Vocal Group and the Album of the Year awards), Dale Ann Bradley (Female Vocalist), Michael Cleveland (Instrumental Recorded Performance and Fiddle Player of the Year), Bryan Sutton, Marshall Wilborn, Adam Steffey, and Rob Ickes (Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, and Dobro Player of the Year respectively), Doyle Lawson and J.D. Crowe (who shared with Paul Williams the awards for Gospel Recorded Performance and Recorded Event of the Year), and Greg Cahill and Roland White (Distinguished Achievement Awards).

Coverage of the event can be seen on Bluegrass Today, where you can also find a couple of nice photos of Martino Coppo of Red Wine - including one taken on Wednesday of Martino with our own Niall Toner and with Jimmy Sunnebrandt of Sweden's G2 Bluegrass Band. A full list of award recipients is on the IBMA website.

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