Chelsea, Quebec’s Ian Tamblyn wins top Folk award

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by Trevor Greenway on November 25, 2010

Ian Tamblyn

Ian Tamblyn

Ian Tamblyn of Chelsea, Quebec has been named English Songwriter of the Year from the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

The Chelsea musician won the top prize for his album, “Gyre,” which was released in 2009. Although he felt it was a challenge to get people’s ears on board, it seems that at least the right people were listening to it.

“I will say that gaining recognition for my CD ‘Gyre’ has been hard fought. I don’t know why, but it has been a challenge to get much attention for this project over the past year,” said Tamblyn in an email. “It is my hope now that people might now give it a listen.”

Tamblyn beat out Amelia Curran, Justin Rutledge, Lennie Gallant and his close friend, Chris MacLean of Wakefield, who was also nominated for the songwriter award for her album, “Feet Be Still.” Tamblyn was co-producer on MacLean’s album.

Tamblyn was nominated for Artist of the Year in 2007 for his album, “Superior: Spirit and Light,” but he was trumped by Sarah Noni Metzner, who took the top prize with her album, “Daybreak Mourning.”

This year is Tamblyn’s and he’s putting the top prize in his inspiration bank.

“Grateful is what I mostly feel right now,” he said. “that and determination to keep pencil sharp for upcoming projects.”