Last night the Canadian Folk Music Awards took place  of the Museum of Civilization in Quebec across from Ottawa.  Quite a fancy affair,roughly 400 people from the folk music  ‘industry’ across Canada – the first ever CFMA.  Purpose : to celebrate the thriving folk music scene in Canada and to award the artists providing that scene who excel. ‘George from Athens to Beijing’ was nominated in the Best World Music category. Great news. The award finally went to Alpha Diallo an African artist in Canada. Congrats to him. Did feel a tinge of dissapointment tho. Had prepped an acceptance speech too.  Beautiful hall – the Great Hall , and a night of wonderful music ! Especially I liked David Francey, and also the mix between East Indian, Francophone and Gaelic , compelling and rousing.

Really busy these days – especially preparing packages to send off  to Canadian festivals for summer 2006 – wanna send off 28 packages.  Can I manage this before departing for Athens this week ? Am going to Athens on a rescue mission … to bring back Granny,  the star of CG, to Canada ! Can this work, coming thru airlines  at Xmas season … ? Stay tuned …

Then off to Beijing again at month end to do a Mason handsomely paid new year gig with jeremy and symphony orchestra in Wuhan …

fer now,
cg