February 29, 2000

Crabtree Nominated for Canadian Juno Award

Ontario piper Robert Crabtree’s recording, “The Piper’s Legacy,” has been nominated for a Juno Award in the Best Instrumental category. The Junos are Canada’s equivalent of the Grammy Awards.

It is the first known time that a recording of mainly Highland piping has garnered a nomination. In 1992, a recording by former Tannahill Weavers members Bill Bourne and Allan MacLeod captured a Juno Award for a recording that included Highland piping.

Other artists nominated in the Best Instremntal Album category are the famed Cape Breton fiddler, Natalie McMaster, and Robert Michael’s top-selling “Utopia” recording.

“The Piper’s Legacy” has enjoyed wide distribution to a mainly non-piping audience, with the project catering to enthusiasts of the instrument and Scottish music in general. The piping, however, has been recognized as being first rate on its own, and brings excellent Highland piping to the masses whose previous perception of the bagpipe is based on poor instruments and players.

“It’s an honour to be nominated for a Juno,” Crabtree said. “I’m pleased that ‘The Piper’s Legacy’ has brought decent piping to a lot of people, and I hope the nomination adds to our instrument’s credibility worldwide.”

Other artists nominated for a Juno this year include Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, and Alanis Morissette.

The Juno Awards ceremony will be held on March 11, 2000, in Toronto, Ontario.


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