GSMC Music Awards
The GSMC Awards was set up to highlight some of the great to highlight the great artists who have performed at our shows throughout the year , categories include Best Band (Original), Best Band (Cover / Tribute), Best Solo Artist(Female), Best Solo Artist (Male) , Best Newcomer, Instrumental Musician of the Year, Best Trio / Duo , Showcase Artist of the Year & Best Album.
GSMC Music Awards 2017 - Nominations
Nominations – Best Band (Original)
The Salts, Spriggan Mist, The Final Clause of Tacitus, Oragami Heart, All Things Considered, Sugarman Sam & the Voodoo Men, Louder Still, Blue Touch, Icicle Tree, Kinfolk, Steve Summers Band, Savour the Flavour
Nominations - Best Solo Artist (Female)
Corinne West , Katy Hurt , Penny Jane Black, Shantell Ogden, Sally Strawberry, Vicki Sayers, Emma Jane Kennedy, Lucina, Celia Barrett, Rebecca Jayne , Fleur Stevenson , Irene Rae
Nominations - Best Solo Artist (Male)
Richard Digance, John Otway, Keith James, Owen Paul, Paul Carella, Mark Harrison, Daniel Nestlerode, James Parkin, Mark T, BR James, Matt Stockl, Michael Tuffery, Rick Foot, Zach Johnson
Nominations - Best Duo/ Trio
The Black Feathers, John Cee Stannard & Blues Horizon, Tudor Lodge, Dragonfly Sky, Beware this Boy, The Broadside Boys, Days Are Done, Bright Shadows, Crayon Angels, Tomorrow Bird
Nominations - Instrumental Artist of the Year
Dale Harris, Rory Evans, Ben Waters & Tom Waters, Amrit Sond, Byron Johnston, Damian Clarke, Andy Prince, Tom Gamble, Andy Quin, Andy Moir, Spencer Brooks, Steve Savory .
GSMC Music Awards 2016 - Winners
Best Band (Original) – The Salts
Runners up All Things Considered – Steve Summers Band
Congratulations to The Salts on winning Best Band (Original) in the GSMC Awards “The Salts have developed their own unique sound mixing well written original compositions alongside traditional tunes we all know and love, their live shows are guaranteed to get you dancing and singing along and their debut album ‘She Rises’ has received rave reviews across the board “.
Best Solo Artist (Female) – Corinne West
Runners up – Irene Rae – Emma Jane Kennedy
Congratulations to Corinne West on winning Best Solo Artist (Female) in the GSMC Awards – “ Corinne West is a world class performer and songwriter who is constantly expanding and developing themselves as a creative artist, GSMC are honoured to be associated with Corinne West and excited about the forthcoming UK Tour.
Best Solo Artist (Male) – Paul Carella
Runners up – Nick Tann – Robert Lane
Congratulations to Paul Carella on winning Best Solo Artist (Male) in the GSMC Awards – “ GSMC has had the privilege of booking Paul Carella for a few years now and it has been a delight to see him grow and develop as a creative artist and to see him build such a large fan base. We look forward to working with him again in June, if not before! “
Best Duo/ Trio – The Black Feathers
Runners up – The Willow Band – John Cee Stannard & Blues Horizon
Congratulations to The Black Feathers on winning Best Duo / Trio in the GSMC Awards – “ The Black Feathers are a superb duo who have performed at a number of GSMC events since we formed, their live shows are always top quality and moving , their debut album ‘Soaked to the Bone’ has received rave reviews across the board. “
Best Album – Corinne West ‘ Starlight Highway’
Runners up – John Cee Stannard & Blues Horizon ‘ Stone Cold Sober’ – Beware this Boy ‘ Life’
Congratulations to Corinne West on winning Best Album in the GSMC Awards for ‘Starlight Highway’– “Starlight Highway by Corinne West was released in the UK in 2016 to rave reviews, it is a stunning album which invokes a distinctive unique sound that transports you to a whole new place and dimension, with exceptional songwriting and musicianship highlighted by Corinne’s outstanding vocal range. “
Instrumental Artist of the Year – Dale Harris
Runners up – Rory Evans – Spencer Brooks
Congratulations to Dale Harris on winning Instrumental Artist of the Year in the GSMC Awards.– “ Dale Harris is an exceptionally talented guitarist and well as being a great entertainer and although he specialises in Classical & Flamenco styles he is equally adept in Country , Jazz and Rock, do take a look at his website”
Best Newcomer – Zach Johnson
Runners up – Vicki Sayers – BR James
Congratulations to Zach Johnson on winning Best Newcomer in the GSMC Awards.– “Zach Johnson is a Berkshire based singer songwriter who has just released his debut EP ” The Last Days of June”. Zach is an exciting new talent who writes great songs and has an engaging stage presence.
Best Band (Cover / Tribute) – Hidden Agenda
Runners up – Oye Santana – The Garfunkels
Congratulations to Hidden Agenda on winning Best Band (Cover / Tribute) in the GSMC Awards.– “Hidden Agenda are an excellent six piece party/function band who have performed at festivals and venues throughout the UK including famously the Hammersmith Apollo where they headlined. Performing all your favourite dance tunes, this band are guaranteed to get everyone up and dancing.”
Showcase Artist of the Year – Wolf Note
Runner up – Carly Sheen – Morrison
Congratulations to Wolf Note on winning Showcase Artist of the Year in the GSMC Awards.– “Wolf Note are a quartet from Berkshire featuring vocals, guitar, cello, violin and cajon creating a unique sound and performing original compositions as and well selected cover versions of popular songs .”
2015 - Winners
The first GSMC Music Awards took place in December 2015 with seven categories including Best Band (Original), Best Band (Covers / Tribute), Solo Performer (Female), Solo Performer (Male), Best Duo/ Trio, Best Instrumentalist and Emerging Talent. All nominees came from artists who performed at GSMC events in 2015.
Best Band (Original) - Alexandra Legouix & the Sunflowers
Excellent Berkshire based five piece band featuring the sultry vocals of Alexandra Legouix backed by guitar, bass, saxophone, cajon and accordion creating a latin / jazz / swing /reggae flavoured arrangements with catchy memorable songs that you will be singing for days.
Best Band ( Cover / Tribute ) - Hidden Agenda
With a huge set list of classic soul and disco tracks from the 60s, 70s and 80s and a high energy seven-piece band of accomplished musicians fronted by two outstanding female vocalists, it's no wonder that Hidden Agenda has been filling dance floors at weddings, private functions, festivals and clubs from their first performance in 2009.
Best Solo Performer (Female) - Caddy Cooper
Deemed 'one of the finest songwriters in the land’ (Express FM), Caddy’s ‘natural, un-rushed and all together beautiful' vocals (For the Country Record), ‘infectious charm’ (Blues in Britain Magazine) and Little Martin guitar have been travelling worldwide, winning hearts and soothing souls with Caddy’s iconic breed of storytelling.
Best Performer (Male) - Nick Tann
Likened to a mixture of John Mayer and Counting Crows with generous helpings of John Martyn and Elvis Costello with a Jeff Buckley chaser, Nick’s music is unexpected – it can be powerful and edgy but also soulful and tender.
Best Instrumentalist – Amrit Sond
Grammy Award Winning guitarist Amrit Sond has graced the same billing as some of the world’s most renowned Guitarists on the scene today: Dominic Miller (Sting), Hugh Burns (George Michael), Ronnie Johnson (Van Morrison, Leo Sawyer).
Best Duo / Trio – Loreley
As a young duo from Reading only forming at the rear end of 2014, Loreley have already made waves in their local folk music scene. From releasing their debut EP in March 2015, to playing alongside nationally reknowned artists at the Artree Folk Festival, Simon and Maddy's modern arrangements of traditional songs are sure to excite and delight.
Emerging Artist – Knight & Tuffery
Knight and Tuffery are a two piece acoustic band who perform a range of traditional, contemporary and self penned songs. Featuring Rik Knight and Micheal Tuffery who between them have performed at venues festivals and folk clubs throughout the South of England.