Central Canadian Bluegrass Award Nominees announced

Northern Bluegrass CommitteeNominees have been announced for the 35th Annual Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards, to be held later this month at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, ON (2 hours north of Toronto).

Voting for nominees and winners is limited to members of the Northern Bluegrass Committee, who sponsor the awards, or one of six regional bluegrass clubs in Central Canada. Ballots for nominees are received through November 1.

The 2013 nominees are:

Bluegrass DJ

  • Dan Bieman (Harriston)
  • David Blakney (Windsor)
  • Dan Joseph & Linda Axman (Kitchener)
  • Steve Pritchard (Toronto)

Banjo Player

  • D’Arcy Campbell (Roadmasters)
  • Dan Campbell (Bluegrass Edition)
  • Luke Puckrin (Hard Ryde)
  • Stephan Van Holten (Rhyme N Reason)

Fiddle Player

  • Mitch Ducharme (Ducharme Family)
  • Shawn Kellet (Hard Ryde)
  • Randy Morrison (Flatt River)
  • Don Reed (Canucky Boys)

Bass Player 

  • Rich Koop (Hard Ryde)
  • Jared Lozon (Winterline)
  • Matt Naveau (Canucky Boys)
  • Sheldon Speedie (Traditionally Wound)

Guitar Player

  • Larry Carriere (Canucky Boys)
  • Doug Moerschfelder (Rhyme N Reason)
  • Steve Piticco (Pine Road)
  • Paul Roberto (Dusty Drifters)

Mandolin Player

  • Kevin Golka (Concession 23)
  • Gilles LeClerce (Dusty Drifters)
  • Will Meadows (Hard Ryde)
  • Norm Tellier (General Store)

Dobro Player

  • Barry Calthorpe (White Pine)
  • Ken Robichaud (Winterline)
  • Robert Tremblay (Grassland)
  • Al Widmeyer (Independent)

Female Vocalist

  • Joyce Gagnon (Winterline)
  • Marie Gustafson (Honeygrass)
  • Ginny McIlmoyle (Sweetgrass)
  • Jan Purcell (Pine Road)

Male Vocalist

  • Richard Dugal (Flat River)
  • Gabe Gagnon (Winterline)
  • Jim McNulty (Traditionally Wound)
  • Doug Moerschfelder (Rhyme N Reason)


  • Kaitlin Gerber (Rescue Junction)
  • John McDonald (Roadmasters)
  • Melissa Sherman (Hard Ryde/Independent)
  • Stephan Van Holten (Rhyme N Reason)

Promising Group 

  • Georgian Blue
  • Rescue Junction
  • Roadmasters
  • The Tebworth Brothers

Instrumental Group

  • Dusty Drifters
  • Rhyme N Reason
  • Traditionally Wound
  • Winterline


  • “A Part of Me” –  Carol Simpson/ Hard Ryde
  • “Dusty Drifters” –  Dusty Drifters
  • “Just What I Need” –  Rhyme N Reason
  • “On Any Road”  –  Rescue Junction

Vocal Group

  • Canucky Bluegrass Boys
  • Rhyme N Reason
  • Traditionally Wound
  • Winterline

Gospel Group

  • CDenny Band
  • Rescue Junction
  • Rhyme N Reason
  • Bill White & White Pine

Overall Group

  • Canucky Bluegrass Boys
  • Rhyme N Reason
  • Traditionally Wound
  • Winterline


  • Matt Naveau (Canucky Boys)
  • Ken Robichaud (Winterline)
  • The Tebworth Brothers
  • Bill White (White Pine)

Congratulations and best of luck to all the nominees.

Nothin’ Fancy and The Tuttles with A.J. Lee will join the annual NBC celebration, held November 22-24. Full details can be found online.

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