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Dwayne Côté And Duane Andrews Winners Of The Instrumental Album Award From The 10th Independent Music Awards

April 1, 2011

Duane Andrews has performed at numerous Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festivals

Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews are winners of the Instrumental Album Award from the Judge-determined 10th Independent Music Awards for their self-titled Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews CD. Announced yesterday by the Music Resource Group, other IMA winners include Flying Lotus, Melissa Auf der Maur, Little Miss Higgins, Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Madison Violet, Radio Radio and more.

Representing the broad spectrum of today’s global independent music scene, IMA winners were selected from submissions from around the world and determined by a panel of 62 influential artist and industry judges including Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan, Aimee Mann, Pete Wentz, Seal, Ozzy Osbourne, Arturo Sandoval, Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour), Bill Bragin (Lincoln Center), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Pat McGuire (Filter Magazine) and Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter). Details and a full list of winners, nominees and judges is available at http://www.TheIndependentMusicAwards.com

Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews are also in the running for both Instrumental Album and Instrumental Song (Choclatier’s Lament) categories in the Fan-voted IMA Vox Pop Poll.

“We are thrilled to have won the Instrumental Album award from the impressive panel of IMA judges” said Andrews “and we’re very excited about the opportunity for our fans to participate in the IMA Vox Pop Poll.”

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 for here for instrumental album and here for instrumental song .

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.

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 14 & 15), and at 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

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