OHSWEKEN – It was smiles and back-slaps all around as the Six Nations-based rock band The Ollivanders took the award for Best Rock Recording at the 15th Annual Native American Music Awards on Friday, Nov. 14 at the Allegany Events Center in upstate New York.
With stiff category competition from five other powerhouse groups from all over North America, the three member band, all close friends since their high school days in Caledonia, Ontario, watched the proceedings nervously. Then their single “Amazed and Amused” played as their album Two Suns came out on top, following both a juried selection by music industry professionals and an open voting process for fans.
Filmed for American television broadcast and live-streamed on the Internet, the sizable crowd was treated to a plethora of exceptional music throughout the evening, ranging from rock and blues to folk and inspirational.
“We went to the NAMAs for a great time, not fully expecting to win, especially when being nominated in a category with such amazing artists and talented musicians,” said Ryan Johnson, the band’s bass guitarist and back-up vocalist.
“Having won, it feels very gratifying and is such a great honour,” he said. “I’d like to thank everyone who voted for us and supported us throughout the recording process of our album, Two Suns. The awards were so much fun and we had such a good time meeting new people and hanging out with some of the best talent in music.”
The other two band members are Marty Isaacs (lead guitar, vocals) and Ryan Mickeloff (drums, percussion).
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