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Fortunate Ones, Kat McLevey, The Once win multiple MusicNL Awards


Folk/pop duo Fortunate Ones were the big winners at this morning's MusicNL awards brunch, earning three more trophies to go with the one they won Saturday night.

Singer/songwriter Kat McLevey holds her two MusicNL Awards after Sunday's awards brunch at the Delta hotel. — Photo by Tara Bradbury/The Telegram

The duo — Andrew James O'Brien and Catherine Allan — are busy on tour in Saskatchewan, but sent O'Brien's mom to accept their awards in their place: FACTOR Album of the Year for "The Bliss," Group of the Year, The Telegram Folk/Roots Recording of the Year and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year.

"We wish we could have been there to celebrate," O'Brien and Allan told The Telegram in a written message. "To be recognized next to some of the best artists in our province is incredible. The talent is staggering."

Fortunate Ones were one of a few multiple MusicNL Award winners: The Once won George Street Association Entertainer of the Year and Nickel Music Video of the Year for "We Are All Running," while singer/songwriter Kat McLevey won Female Artist of the Year and Bell Aliant Rising Star of the Year. McLevey, who was home on a break from her studies at Berklee College of Music, hopped on a plane to go back to Boston just a couple hours after the brunch.

"I was laughing beforehand with my friends that I should probably think of something to say just in case (I won), but it was a joke," McLevey said of her surprise over her wins. "I feel very privileged to win two awards. I can't believe it, it means so much to me."

DC Design House Male Artist of the Year went to singer/songwriter Jerry Stamp, while the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Labrador musician Harry Martin.

Other winners were:

Waterfront Fire: Alternative Recording of the Year

Aaron Collis and Duane Andrews: VOCM Celtic/Traditional Recording of the Year

Dave McHugh: Country Recording of the Year

Ouroboros: Instrumental Recording of the Year

Denis Parker and the Modern Saints: Classic Hits Coast 101.1 FM Jazz/Blues Recording of the Year

Mick Davis: Molson/Coors Pop/Rock Recording of the Year

Chad Murphy: Side Musician of the Year

Jen Winsor: Denis Parker Industry Builder Award

Lindy Whitt: Unsung Hero Award

Scott Hammond: Industry Professional of the Year

The Blue Room: Outstanding Company of the Year

Tom Cochrane: Media Person of the Year

Adam Baxter: Music Educator of the Year

Paul Heppleston: Volunteer of the Year

Jud Haynes: Graphic Artist of the Year

MusicNL Week continues this afternoon with a masters edition songwriters' circle, featuring Harry Martin, Pamela Morgan, Jim Payne, Fergus O'Byrne, Dave Panting, Glenn Simmons, Chris Hennessey and Larry Foley, and will wrap up tonight with a "supershow" at the Delta hotel ballroom, featuring The Once, Kim Stockwood, Damhnait Doyle, The Ennis Sisters, and Steve Maloney and the Wandering Kind. Ticket information is available at www.musicnl.ca.

See full story and more photos in Monday's Telegram.

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