The Wailin Jennys picked up first prize in the Group/Duo category at the International Acoustic Music Awards for “Bird Song,” on the Bright Morning Stars album. Ruth Moody, a member of the group, was runner-up in the Folk category for the title song on her album The Garden. The Folk first prize went to William Michael Dillon for “Chasing a Dream,” on Black Robes and Lawyers–the expression of decades of experience as a wrongly convicted prisoner before William’s release in 2008 with the help of the Innocence Project.
Lizzy Hoyt took top honors in the Best Female Vocalist category for “Vimy Ridge,” a ballad (on the Home album) commemorating a World War I battle involving Canadian soldiers. Lizzy Hoyt and Ruth Moody were also nominees in last year’s Canadian Folk Music Awards.
The complete list of winners is available on the IAMA site.