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.
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
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.