ALBUM OF THE YEAR: The Hussy Hicks took out the top accolade at this year’s Dolphin Awards.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: The Hussy Hicks took out the top accolade at this year’s Dolphin Awards. Contributed

The Hussy Hicks take out album of the year at Dolphin Awards

IT'S the North Coast music industry's night of nights.

The dust has settled on the annual Dolphin Awards with globe-trotting cowgirls The Hussy Hicks taking album of the year with The London Sessions.

Dolphin Awards winners

Song of the year went to Jeff Joubert and Tim Tonkin for their song Sailing, and 18 other awards handed out for everything from folk, to hip-hop, to jazz and music for children.

North Coast Entertainment Industry Association (NCEIA) secretary Mariska Pinkerton said the awards were an acknowledgement of the huge array of talent in the region.

Mrs Pinkerton said the annual awards ceremony, held at the Star Court Theatre, was also an excellent opportunity for networking.

"It's good for the area. It brings together music industry people from record labels and studios and people like that, and helps (musicians) to network and improve what they are doing."

The Dolphin Awards have been running since 1991 and Mrs Pinkerton said the standard this year was high.

"Particularly in the youth category. We went out to all the schools in the 66 (telephone) area and got some fantastic music from young people," she said.

One finalist in the youth category, Smash Mystery, came from Bellingen High School and last year's album of the year winner, The Mid North, was also from Bellingen and one of the acts on the night.

Awards were presented by some music industry celebrities including Powderfinger guitarist Ian Haug, singer/songwriter Toni Childs and producer Paul Pilsneniks.

Album of the year: Hussy Hicks

Song of the year: Jeff Joubert and Tim Tonkin

Male Vocal (Steve Gilpin Memorial Award): Marshall Okell

Female Vocal: Serinna McGrath

Production: Daniel Pinkerton

 

Music Video: Lionheir

 

Adult Contemporary: Hussy Hicks

Youth: Serinna McGrath

Alternative/Indie: Reilly Fitzalan

Pop: Brett Hamlyn

Rock: Broadfoot

Blues: Marshall OKell

 

Country: Chris Staff

 

Jazz: Parissa Bouas

Urban/Hip Hop/Funk: Oratrix

Protest: Round Mountain Girls

Electronic Music: Lawrence Kennedy

 

Folk: Round Mountain Girls

 

World/Reggae: Parissa Bouas

Music for Children: Michael Turner/Spikey & Friends.



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