Curry’s flavour

Chris McCluskey has the nominations du jour.

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Curry’s flavourEarlier this year, singer/songwriter Andrea Curry received three nominations at the East Coast Music Awards—Female Artist of the Year, Pop Recording of the Year and CBC Galaxie Rising Star of the Year. Although she didn’t walk away with the pewter, she has two more opportunities to win an award in 2006, vying for Nova Scotia Music Awards in the Female Recording of the Year and Songwriter of the Year categories.

“It’s stiff competition and it’s really just kind of neat to be placed up there with them,” she says. “It’s exciting, I’m still flabbergasted that people listen to my music at all. Just because it’s from me. I’m still like a little girl in a candy shop.”

Curry says she hasn’t given the awards much thought beyond the thrill of her nominations. But the Songwriter nod brings her into uncharted territory.

“Seriously, being nominated for Songwriter of the Year is pretty cool. Being one of five people chosen to be in that category is really neat,” she says. “But I don’t feel I am up against them, I just feel part of it.”

Look for new material from Curry sometime in 2007, and an update on how she fared at the Nova Scotia Music Week Awards next week.

Old Man nominee

There certainly isn’t a deep pool of solo banjo artists in Nova Scotia, but as Chris “Old Man” Luedecke found out, an appreciation exists for his originality. The uprooted Toronto ex-pat is nominated twice at the Nova Scotia Music Awards.

“I guess I was surprised, pleasantly. I guess it’s nice. The nomination was really the nicest part,” says Luedecke, whose 2006 Hinterland is nominated for Male Recording of the Year and Folk/Roots Recording of the Year. “Like you said, there really aren’t a whole lot of solo banjo players out there, and I deliberately set out to make music I didn’t think was all that common. So it’s nice to know that people appreciate it.”

Luedecke recently finished a tour of Ontario, with the highlight being a support slot for the Be Good Tanyas at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall.

“It was crazy, it was cool,” he says, laughing. “It was just me on this enormous stage, playing my tunes for a thousand people. It was really pretty fun.”

Luedecke lives in Chester, close to Liverpool, where Nova Scotia Music Week is being held. He can be considered the hometown favourite.

“I am not from the South Shore,” says Luedecke, “but we have quite a number of friends out this way. Over the years I’ve made quite a few friends out here, so hopefully they aren’t cheering for anyone else.”

ECMA first look

Looking ahead to this coming February 15-18, the East Coast Music Awards will once again descend upon Halifax, and announcements have begun to trickle in. Legendary Canadian producer Bob Ezrin is confirmed to visit the city with a keynote address to kick off the four-day festival. Those unfamiliar with his work will know Ezrin from his production work on Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

Substance will also meet style at this year’s ECMAs with the introduction of FashionEASTa, an initiative aimed towards connecting the dots between music, fashion (provided by NSCAD U designers) and theatre—all undeniably vital for commercial success. The event will take place on February 15 with bands TBC. Tickets are $125 and go on sale, along with tix for the gala awards show at the Metro Centre, on December 1.

Send your gala announcements: scene@thecoast.ca

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