The second of my big surprises in November came when I became the recipient of the inaugural ARBA Best Roots Album for 2014/15!! holey moley!!!! So damn lovely to have my album acknowledged by peers for the beauty that I believe it is. I'm so humbled to be the recipient of this award and overwhelmed with joy!
Presented at the Gov on Sunday 22nd November, I was a finalist alongside friends and extremely talented musicians, Craig Atkins (with his album "Fall or Fly") and The Streamliners (with their album "House Of Fire").
Huge thank you to ARBA for their support and this award!
Pic by Jeff Parham:
On Wednesday 11th November, I was awarded the inaugural Ryan Freeman Live Music Award at the SA Music Awards. I don't think it has quite sunk in yet and can't express what an enormous honour it is to have even been selected from the huge amount of talent that calls SA home.
Roger and Yvonne Freeman, along with a group of volunteers run Trinity Sessions live music venue and are two of the biggest supporters of live music in South Australia. In 2009 they tragically lost their beautiful son, Ryan, whilst he was working in Canada. A group of SA musicians including Steve Pederson (who now joins me on stage at band shows), Kathie Renner and Mel Horsman helped put on a memorial concert in Ryan's honour. Money rasied from this concert was put in to a trust as Roger and Yvonne weren't sure what to do with it, until now.
The award was, in Roger and Yvonne's words, awarded "to a person or group that, through their invoivement in live music reflects some of Ryan's attributes; works hard, collaborates with and encourages others, is selfless and makes people feel good".
It still gives me shivers to read those words and to be the recipient of Ryan's award. Its incredibly warming to know that I am making a positive contribution to the world with my music and I am incredibly grateful, as are so many SA musicians, for the support from Roger and Yvonne, two of the most incredible, generous and kind people I've had the privilage to cross paths with.
Yvonne & Roger Freeman with me at the SA Music Awards after I was presented the inaugural Ryan Freeman Live Music Award: