Gallant, Macmillan win second trophies at ECMAs in Saint John – New Brunswick

Another eight trophies were handed out Saturday and two Sunday at the 2017 East Coast Music Awards in Saint John, including second honours for veterans Lennie Gallant and Scott Macmillan.

P.E.I.’s Gallant won for Folk Recording of the Year, with his album Searching For Abegweit. It’s the companion disc to his popular stage show, playing this summer in Summerside. He’d won Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year on Thursday.

Nova Scotia’s Macmillan was the winner for Classical Composition of the Year, for “Currents of Sable Island.” That goes along with his shared victory with Colin Grant fo Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year.

The Classical Recording of the Year award was presented to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Duo Concertante for J.S. Bach Six Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard.

Soul singer Erin Costelo holds her new ECMA, won Saturday night for her Down Below, The Status Quo album. (CBC)

Halifax singer/songwriter Erin Costelo was on hand to perform and to accept her award at the R&B/Soul showcase for that genre’s album of the year, for her Down Below, The Status Quo.

In jazz, it was a win for Sackville, N.B.’s Joel Miller, for his release Dream Cassette. Another New Brunswick win was in the Loud Recording category, Lionsault honoured for Are You Feeling Lucky?

Dance Recording of the Year went to PINEO & LOEB, an electronic group from Nova Scotia for Soul Shakin’. The Electronic Recording of the Year prize went to Rozalind MacPhail from Newfoundland and Labrador for From The River To The Ocean.

On Sunday, Ben Caplan took the award for Songwriter of the Year, while Cape Breton’s Rootsdeepdown won for Gospel Recording of the Year.

Big Blue, the ECMA guitar that is passed on to the new host city at the end of each awards week. (East Coast Music Association)

The awards wrap up Sunday night with the handover party, when Saint John presents the symbolic big blue guitar to Halifax, next year’s host city.

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