Lifetime achievement award for singer Nolan
CBC News, November 7, 2005
Veteran Newfoundland musician Dick Nolan received a standing ovation Sunday night from his peers, as the province's music industry association presented him with a lifetime achievement award.

Nolan paved the way for many of the province's musicians during his 50-year career, MusicNL president John Hutton said.

Dick Nolan

Dick Nolan

Nolan, now 66 and semi-retired, is best known for his 1972 recording of Aunt Martha's Sheep.

"I was in music all of my life, and I wanted to get known for it, and I wanted to leave something behind," he said.

"And that's something to leave behind."

Like many pioneering musicians, Nolan received little money for his work. He says, however, that he is not bitter.

"I think the first album I cut, I got $15 dollars … but I couldn't care less because I just wanted to get a record out."

Nolan received his lifetime achievement award during a ceremony that capped MusicNL's convention in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Nolan brought down the house with a version of Six Days on the Road with St. John's band Eight Track Favorites.

The family group The Cormiers took home the most awards Sunday night, with four awards, including Album of the Year, Group of the Year, Folk Roots Group and SOCAN Song of the Year for Not Me, Not Now, written by Gordon Cormier and his 15-year-old niece, Mallory Johnson.

Rod Jackson and Kelly-Anne Evans each accepted two awards.

Jackson won in the Country Artist and Male Artist categories, while Evans won Pop-Rock Artist and Female Artist.

The Novaks won the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, which comes with a $5,000 prize.

Jason Greeley, a finalist in the 2004 Canadian Idol competition, won Entertainer of the Year.

Veteran guitarist Sandy Morris won Best Instrumental Album for Music From Land & Sea.

Colleen Power won the Alternative Artist award, while the St. John's ensemble Celebration won Best Gospel Group.

Hutton, who has clewed up his tenure as president of MusicNL (known until this autumn as the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador), received the new Industry Builder Award.

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