Music Video Winner – Lionheir: Reality
The winners of the 2013 Dolphin Awards Album of the Year were sitting in a pub in Ireland when their name was called out at Lismore’s Star Court Theatre last night. Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz, who are Hussy Hicks, watched as Leesa’s sister and her beaming face accepted the award for their album The London Sessions on their behalf.
Hussy Hicks viewed the ceremony via the live stream and were rapt at the opportunity to watch from the other side of the world. ‘We are here with Felicity Burdett, who was the winner of Album of the Year in 2005, and my brother Max, who is touring with us playing sax,’ said Julz. ‘We woke up early and have run around The Temple Bar in Dublin chasing wifi zones.’
Hussy Hicks had been nominated for five Dolphins at this year’s awards and thought that they might have been the winner for another artist’s work. ‘Funnily enough, I thought our best chance of winning in the album category was with our involvement in Marshall O’Kell’s album Birdy, which we strongly recommend everyone gives a listen,’ said Julz.
Hosted by Maxim Pike, the awards were abuzz with excitement as act after extraordinary act graced the stage. The Widjabul Dancers opened the proceedings before Louie and Patrick got the musical ball rolling. Other artists included Elizabeth Lord, Campus Band Comp finalists Clocks & Dice, The Mid North, Nick and Sam, Ginger Wilde, Horace Bevan, and Adaja Black and the The Black Star Band.
At just 15 years of age, Lismore High School student Serinna McGrath performed like a veteran and was one of the three nominee acts along with fellow Female Vocalist Parissa Bouas and Music Video nominee Mr Speaker and The People Party.
New local Toni Childs presented the Female Vocal Dolphin, which was the second win of the night for a very surprised Serinna, who also won the award for Youth with her song titled Thought of Love. Both of her speeches were simple statements of both disbelief and thanks.
Parissa also came away a winner at the event with Dolphins for World / Reggae for Honey and Candlelight and Jazz with The Full Force of the Wind.
Marshall O’Kell won the Male Vocal (Steve Gilpin Memorial Award) for City Faces and the Blues award for Glad to be Alive.
Hussy Hicks also won the Dolphin for Adult Contemporary with Sandcastles and said the the entire album was a joy to make. ‘You always hope every recording is an award winner,’ says Julz. ‘This one was genuinely recorded for the fun of it – we had a few days free and some great mates in London so we got together to see how much we could capture and the whole album just fell together magically.
‘We really like the album but it’s always wonderful when other people like it too, especially in our area where, as was evident tonight, there are so many wonderful musicians.
Julz said that Kristy pretty much got it right with her thankyou speech. ‘I think Kristy covered it pretty well when she thanked all the musicians both at home and abroad that jump on our little musical train and make it all possible for us to keep touring.’
What’s next for Hussy Hicks? ‘Well we just ordered a round of shots – and the second is coming,’ they texted from the bar. ‘We are collectively stoked and we’d really love to thank all involved in the awards that made it possible to share every moment from the other side of the planet and we’ll be seeking out all the music we have heard on the stream today.’
Delivered by Rohan Langford and some local TAFE students, the stream was great for the Dolphins.
The entire list of winners :
Music for Children – Michael Turner/Spikey & Friends: In My Backyard
World / Reggae – Parissa Bouas: Honey and Candlelight
Folk –Round Mountain Girls: The Watch
Electronic Music – Lawrence Kennedy: Sonny
Protest – Round Mountain Girls: Big Man’s Dreams
Urban / Hip-Hop / Funk – Oratrix: Nothing To Give
Jazz – Parissa Bouas: The Full Force of the Wind
Country – Chris Staff: Love, Friends and Family
Blues – Marshall O’Kell: Glad to be Alive
Rock – Broadfoot: In Your Playground
Pop – Brett Hamlyn: Oxygen
Alternative / Indie – Reilly Fitzalan: Your Stars
Youth – Serinna Mcgrath: Thought of Love Lismore High School
Adult Contemporary – Hussy Hicks: Sandcastles
Music Video – Lionheir: Reality
Production – Daniel Pinkerton: Your Stars
Female Vocal – Serinna Mcgrath: Thought Of Love
Male Vocal (Steve Gilpin Memorial Award) – Marshall O’Kell: City Faces
Song of the Year – Jeff Joubert and Tim Tonkin: Sailing
Album of the Year – Hussy Hicks: The London Sessions