As we all know 2020 was a tough year for musicians, and the great artists that we work with here at fromthewhitehouse were not exempt from those difficulties.
But everyone managed to pull together and somehow we negotiated album and single releases, streamed gigs, some ‘real-life’ gigs, and getting used to the ‘new-normal’ and we’re happy to say that four of our artists ended 2020 with nominations in the well-respected FATEA Magazine Awards.
Charlie Dore, who released her stunning 10th album ‘Like Animals’, called ‘Arguably her finest work to date’ by Folk Radio.co.uk, in June is in contention for Female Artist of the Year.
Reg Meuross, whose first lockdown-inspired single ‘Shine On’ was played on BBC Radio 2 and who moved his near-constant tour online with his Sunday Best Jukebox videos, is nominated for Male Artist of the Year.
New band The Haar, which combines the fresh talent of traditional Irish singer Molly Donnery combined with three of the most exciting instrumentalists on the folk and traditional music circuit: Cormac Byrne, Adam Summerhayes, and Murray Grainger, are up for Debut Album of the Year for their self-titled record released in June.
And Adam & Murray are also nominated with their folk-improv duo The Ciderhouse Rebellion for Instrumental Album Of The Year with their debut album Untold – one of two albums they released this year (the other ‘The InCider Sessions’ consisting of the best bits of their popular, and sometimes eccentric, YouTube videos produced remotely during the first lockdown).
For details of the awards, and the other fantastic artists nominated across all categories, head to https://www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/news/Nominees2020/
You can expect more great music throughout 2021 from everyone we work with in the form of releases, projects and (please!) some live gigs.
Well done to all the other musicians on the shortlist AND of course, all those other acts out there who might not have made this shortlist, but are all trying their very best right now – they all need our support more than ever.
Blog written by Ben Morgan-Brown