Saturday, March 13, 2010


Rankins honoured in East Coast Awards

Joel Plaskett was the big winner at this year’s East Coast Music awards in Cape Breton, taking home a total of six music awards:
But it was The Rankin Family that proved to be the highlight of the night for many in the crowd. The Rankins performed before they were presented with the Director’s Special Achievement Award, the most prestigious award given out by the ECMA board. It recognizes exceptional contribution to the music industry on a national and/or international level. The legendary family band from Mabou brought the crowd to its feet with a rousing performance of You Feel the Same Way Too.
In accepting the award, Jimmy, Cookie, Raylene and Heather remembered their brother and bandmate John Morris, who died in 2000, and thanked all those who have contributed to their success.
“And finally, last but not least, to our fans who supported us and continue to support us by buying our recordings and coming to our shows, thank you for making this such a fantastic ride,” said Raylene.
The family band recently released THESE ARE THE MOMENTS, their second CD since reuniting in 2007!
Other winners, of interest to Country fans were The Divorcees, from New Brunswick, who won Country Recording of the year for “Last Of The Free Men” and Prince Edward Island’s Bluegrass Hobos, who won the Bluegrass award.

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