Saturday, 29 September 2012

Gibson Brothers, Blue Highway win IBMA awards

Thanks to Emily Amos of Compass Records for the news that on Thursday night (27 Sept.) the Gibson Brothers, Compass recording artists, won the Entertainer of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year awards at the 23rd annual International Bluegrass Music Awards in Nashville, TN. The photo above, taken by Alane Anno for the IBMA, shows them performing a new song, 'They called it music', during the awards show at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

The Gibson Brothers have played and toured several times in Europe - most recently in May 2012, when they performed in Denmark, Germany, France, and Italy. Banjoist/singer Eric Gibson says: 'I really think winning is the result of perseverance, even stubbornness. We have stayed the course at times when maybe it made little sense to continue, and thank God we did. Our goal remains the same – to improve as singers, writers, and players, and to make the next record better.'

Compass Records recording artists were nominated for ten awards, and Dale Ann Bradley won the title of Female Vocalist of the Year for the fifth time. The label now has the largest Celtic music catalogue in the world.

In addition, Rounder recording artists Blue Highway, who topped the bill at the Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival in Ireland a week ago, and will be playing in Germany and the Czech Republic next month, won the Vocal Group of the Year award, together with yet another Dobro Performer of the Year award for Rob Ickes, who has now won it fourteen times. Read the full list of 2012 IBMA awards recipients here.