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The 26th Annual Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards Program was held November 19 – 21, 2004, at the prestigious Dearhurst Resort in Huntsville, the heart of Ontario’s Muskoka Tourist region and the gateway to the famed Algonquin Park region.


The program was bigger and better than ever this year…21 Canadian bands showcasing plus the two featured US bands, The Country Gentlemen with Randy Waller and Honi Deaton & Dream.  Vendors, like The Coot, The String Man, Bluegrass Now and Bluegrass North, were set up in the hall.  The Saturday workshops included Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin and Fiddle.  Northern Sons walked away with the Fans Choice band of the year for 2004 and will represent Central Canada at the IBMA in Nashville next October.


This years awards were presented as follows:

Bluegrass DJ                         John & Angel McNaughton, Ohsweken, CKRZ 11.3 FM

Banjo Player                          Tim McDonald (Hard Ryde)

Fiddle Player                         Joe White (White Pine…formerly Echo Mountain)

Bass Player                           Tom McCreight (Silverbirch)

Honour Award                     Barry Spence (Acoustical Strings) Guitar Player Five Time Winner

Guitar Player                         Chris Coole (The Foggy Hogtown Boys)

Mandolin Player                   Nic McDonald (Hard Ryde)

Dobro Player                         Gord Nicholson (White Water Bluegrass)

Lead Singer                           Bill White (White Pine…formerly Echo Mountain)

Composer                              Thom Gardener (Northern Sons)

Promising Group                  General Store

Honour Award                     Hard Ryde, Instrumental Group Five Time Winner

Instrumental Group     Foggy Hogtown Boys

Recording                              Words We Said – Northern Sons

Vocal Group                          Northern Sons

Gospel Group                        Northern Sons

Honour Award                     Hard Ryde, Overall Group Five Time Winner

Overall Group                       Northern Sons

Entertainer                             Tom McCreight (Silverbirch)

The Shin Van Every Memorial Award went posthumously to Louis White (Echo Mountain) who passed away from cancer in August.


Next year’s Awards Program will be November 18 – 20, 2005…Be There!

Contact Tony de Boer at 705-758-9049.


Bob Paisley passes November 29, 2004…


Posted by Bob's daughter Kay Paisley (11/29/04)



It is with great regret the Paisley family announces the death of ourfather Bob Paisley. Bob passed away this morning at his home, surrounded by his family and went peacefully. Bob has battled cancer for the last two years and continued to play his music until mid October when it became difficult for him to walk. Bob loved his fans and loved to perform traditional bluegrass.  In keeping with Bob's wishes the band will continue to perform each show as scheduled. We would like to express our sincere thanks for the many cards, phone calls, and prayers for Bob that have been sent. Bob is now at peace without pain.


Arrangements have not been completed at this time. Once details are finalized we will update.


The Paisley Family


From the The News Journal, Delaware Online [published 12/01/2004]

James R. Paisley, Sr.

"Bob" Age 73 of Landenberg, PA passed away Monday, November 29, 2004, at his home.

He was the husband of Vivian M. O'Connor Paisley, with whom he shared 53 years of marriage.

Born in Landenberg, he was the son of the late J. Herchel and Jessie L. Williams Paisley.

As a veteran, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Bob was an internationally recognized bluegrass musician, touring extensively throughout Europe, Canada, Asia and the United States.

He performed at the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter and the Royal visit of Princess Anne of Great Britain.

He was a Pioneer Award recipient of the Country Music Associations of America, a member of the Eastern Shore Bluegrass Association, the Brandywine Friends of Old time Music and the International Bluegrass Music Association.

He was a member of New London Masonic Lodge #545 F&AM.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 5 children, James R., Jr. and his wife, Susan, of Landenberg, Michael and his wife, Tammy, of Nottingham, Danny and his wife, Barbara, of Clayton, DE, Donna Paisley of Ocean View, DE and Kay Paisley-Hoover and her husband, Mark, of Landenberg.

Other survivors include 4 siblings, Lillian Robbins, Margaret Hopkins, Raymond Paisley and Vernon Paisley, all of Landenberg; 10 grandchildren, Rebecca and Kenneth Rinehimer, both of Oxford, Jennifer and Ken Berry, both of Goldendale, WA, Kyle, Allen and Heather Paisley, all of Nottingham, Kelsey and Neena Oli, both of Ocean View, DE and Ryan Paisley of Clayton, DE; and 2 great grandchildren, Tucker Coons and Koby Berry, both of Goldendale, WA.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by 2 brothers, Donald Paisley and Joseph Paisley; and 1 sister, Faye Paisley.

Family and friends are invited to attend his Life Celebration from 6:30-8:30 pm with a Masonic service at 7:30 pm on Thursday, December 2, and from 10-11 am on Friday, December 3, at the West Grove United Methodist Church, 300 N. Guernsey Rd., West Grove, PA.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday, December 3, at the church.

Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery, 424 N. Union St., Kennett Square, PA.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Compassionate Care Hospice, 5610 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, DE 19808.

Arrangements by the CLEVELAND & GOFUS FUNERAL HOME, Avondale, PA "A Life Celebration Home" 610-268-2166


Arkansas Traveler Farewell Bash


A farewell bash for Larry McDaniel, the Arkansas Traveler, was held at his favorite bistro, The Sunrise Sunset Saloon in Grosse Point Park, last Sunday, December 5, 2004.  The Saloon was packed with well wishers and local performers provided music.


Larry’s program, The Arkansas Traveler, on WDET, Detroit Public Radio, was cancelled, without warning, following the 9/11/04 airing.  Larry had been the “Voice of Bluegrass” in southeastern Michigan for nearly 27 years.  The cancellation of The Traveler came with sweeping changes to bring weekend programming in line with the weekday format.  He is greatly missed by the local bluegrass community.


Larry sends "Seasons Greeting" to his many friends and wishes everyone "Health & Wealth" in the coming year.  Responses to this notice will be passed on to Larry






The Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky University is pleased to announce the first academic conference devoted to bluegrass music. The conference will take place September 8-10 at the Kentucky Library and Museum on Western's campus in Bowling Green, Kentucky.


Bluegrass music has been well established on the American and international cultural scene for decades, and has attracted the serious attention of social historians, journalists, and other researchers for almost as long. Astonishingly, there has never been a conference devoted specifically to examination of the music. The Bluegrass Music Symposium offers an opportunity for bluegrass scholars to gather, share findings, and reflect on the many facets of this complex and compelling musical world.


Bowling Green, Kentucky, is located an hour north of Nashville on I-65, a little over an hour south of Owensboro and the International Bluegrass Music Museum, and just under an hour's drive from the Bill Monroe Homeplace in Rosine. Featured events already scheduled include a concert by J.D. Crowe and the New South, and a keynote address by eminent bluegrass historian Neil Rosenberg. The Symposium is sponsored by the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at WKU, with the generous assistance of the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Kentucky Humanities Council.


The organizers invite proposals from all disciplines, on any topic relating to the history and meaning of bluegrass. Paper presentations will be 20 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Panel proposals may also be submitted; as a rule panels will include 3 or 4 papers, or 3 papers and a discussant. If a proposed panel consists of papers, each participant must submit an individual proposal. Other forms of presentation such as discussion sessions will also be considered.


Possible topics include, but are not limited to:


* bluegrass and US social/political history

* bluegrass and education

* bluegrass and issues of regional identity

* "globalization" of bluegrass, Europe and Asia

* bluegrass and pop culture: "Will the Circle" and "O Brother" in perspective

* the "imaging" of bluegrass in documentary photography and print journalism

* commerce and tradition in shaping of bluegrass

* bluegrass scholarship: shifts in concerns and emphasis


Proposals should include:


* title of presentation

* a proposal of up to 250 words for consideration by the Program Committee *AV requirements

* name of presenter

* institutional affiliation (if applicable)

* complete address

* phone and fax number(s)

* email address(es)


Proposals or questions concerning the conference may be submitted by email to <>, or by conventional mail to:


The Bluegrass Music Symposium

Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology Western Kentucky University

1 Big Red Way

Bowling Green, KY 42101


Attn.: Erika Brady


Proposal deadline is March 1, 2005, with notification by the beginning of April. Information concerning registration fees, airport transportation to and from Nashville and local hotel and motel accommodations will be posted on a Bluegrass Music Symposium website at a later date.


2005 Grammy Awards February 13, 2005

Bluegrass Artists Nomitated

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • You Will Be My Ain True Love - Alison Krauss
    Track from: Cold Mountain - Soundtrack (Various Artists)

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
(For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Coat Of Many Colors - Shania Twain With Alison Krauss & Union Station
    Track from: Just Because I'm A Woman: Songs Of Dolly Parton
    [Sugar Hill Records]

Best Bluegrass Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • The Bluegrass Sessions - Lynn Anderson
    [DM Records]
  • Twenty Year Blues - Nashville Bluegrass Band
    [Sugar Hill Records]
  • Brand New Strings - Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
    [Skaggs Family Records]
  • Carrying On - Ralph Stanley II
    [Rebel Records]
  • A Tribute To Jimmy Martin "The King Of Bluegrass" - Various Artists
    Ben Isaacs, producer
    [KOCH Records]

Best Contemporary Folk Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • The Unbroken Circle - The Musical Heritage Of The Carter Family
    Various Artists
    John Carter Cash, producer
    [Dualtone Music Group]

Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
(A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television or other visual media, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parenthesis.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • The Scarlet Tide (From Cold Mountain)
    Henry Burnett & Elvis Costello, songwriters (Alison Krauss)
    Track from: Cold Mountain
    [DMZ/Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax; Publishers: Plangent Visions Music/Henry Burnett Music.]
  • You Will Be My Ain True Love (From Cold Mountain)
    Sting, songwriter (Alison Krauss)
    Track from: Cold Mountain
    [DMZ/Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax; Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music & Steerpike (Overseas) Ltd.]


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