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2008 Finalists and Winners
The 2008 Awards to recognise excellence in Australian Blues Music were presented on Thursday night 7 February 2008 as part of the official opening of the 12th Australian Blues Music Festival.
The finalists out of 128 total nominations across all categories were:
SONG OF THE YEAR
You Gotta Go - Chase The Sun (Album: Chase The Sun)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Chase The Sun by Chase The Sun
DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Chase The Sun - You Gotta Go
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Anni Piper - More I Keep on Losing (Album: Texas Hold 'Em)
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Jan Rynsaardt (Chase The Sun) - Gypsy Woman
NEW TALENT OF THE YEAR
Chase The Sun - You Gotta Go (Album: Chase The Sun)
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Ryan Van Gennip for Chase The Sun's self-titled album
Chase The Sun
and the WINNERS for 2008 are...
Song of the Year - You Gotta Go
Performances on the night of the Awards presentation were to a capacity crowd of industry and enthursiasts from around the country and featured: Stingray, Natural Ball and Collard Greens & Gravy at the Tattersalls Hotel in Goulburn.
An additional 'satellite' venue on the night of the Chain Awards was held at the National Press Club in Canberra and featured a performance by multi-award winning Chase the Sun (supported by Young Guns: Tom Richardson, Jonno Zilber and Jason Lowe. Winners Chase the Sun were presented with their Awards in Canberra on the night.
While the judging panel for the Awards is completely independent of the selection panel for the Festival, many of this year's winners and finalists are on the Festival line-up in 2008 (or previous years) including: Gail Page, Andy 'Sugarcane' Collins, Hat Fitz, Joe Galea Band, Kate Meehan, Anni Piper, Jan Preston, Pugsley Buzzard, Heather Frahn Trio, and Marshall & the Fro.
Click here to view Media Release on 2008 Winners Announcement[8/2/08]
Pictured above: Multi-Award winners Gail Page & Parris Mcleod. Photo by Paul Livingston.