Atlantic Canada’s own Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews join Ra Ra Riot, Melissa Auf der Maur, Flying Lotus, Hemoptysis, Darrell Scott, Jim Campilongo, Jackson Browne, David Lindley and other self-released and independent label talent as Nominees for the 10th Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential international awards program for independent bands and fans. The duo received nominations in the Instrumental Album category for their Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews CD and in the Instrumental Song category for The Choclatier’s Lament.
Representing the broad spectrum of today’s global independent music scene, nominees for the IMA’s were culled from submissions from North America, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Winners will be determined by a panel of 62 influential artist and industry judges including Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan, Suzanne Vega, Aimee Mann, Pete Wentz, Bettye LaVette, Seal, Adam Duritz, Ozzy Osbourne, Arturo Sandoval, Martin Atkins, Andrew W. K., Shelby Lynne, Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour), Bill Bragin (Lincoln Center), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Pat McGuire (Filter Magazine) and Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter) and will be announced in mid-March 2011.
Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews were showcasing at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Memphis Tennessee last week when they received word of their two nominations for the Independent Music Awards.“We’re very pleased to have our music acknowledged by the impressive panel of IMA judges” said Andrews “and we’re most excited about the opportunity for fans to participate in the voting at the IMA Vox Pop Jukebox. It’s the support of our fans that makes it possible for us to do what we do for a living”.
Music fans have until July 11 to cast their votes at The IMA Vox Pop Jukebox to determine the fan-selected IMA Winners. You can listen to all nominees and cast your vote here http://www.independentmusicawards.com/imanominee/10th/Album/Instrumental for the instrumental album category and here http://www.independentmusicawards.com/imanominee/10th/Song/Instrumental for the instrumental song category.
About Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews:
Steeped in the rich musical traditions of Cape Breton and Newfoundland, Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews twist their inimitable blend of East Coast Celtic and Roots music with strands of Gypsy and Jazz sounds. Heavily influenced by the brilliance of Gypsy Jazz legend Django Reinhardt, multi ECMA award winning guitarist Duane Andrews has literally brought his music around the world from his home in Newfoundland to Tasmania, Australia with stops in between at the Newport Folk and Montreal Jazz festivals to name a few and the late great John Allan Cameron simply said it all about fiddler Dwayne Côté whom he called “the best kept secret in Celtic music”.
The virtuosic duo launched their self-titled disc in spring 2010 with a multi-stop tour through Atlantic Canada and Maine, culminating in a CBC “Canada Live” national radio broadcast of their St. John’s, NL release concert. They followed this up with main stage performances at PEI’s Festival of Small Halls, the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival and picked up awards for Jazz Recording of the Year and Instrumental Recording of the Year from MusicNS and MusicNL respectively. Their Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews CD has since garnered nominations in both jazz album and instrumental album categories for the upcoming East Coast Music Awards, along with nominations for Instrumental Album and Instrumental Song from the Independent Music Awards.
Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews are looking forward to performing in Charlottetown, PE during the ECMA Conference & Awards (April 13-17), at Trails, Tales and Tunes in Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park (May), and London Ontario’s Home County Folk Festival (July 16). More dates to be announced soon. For a link to their podcast, video, music, schedule and more please visit http://www.dwayneandduane.com