NZ Folk Music Finalists Named

The Recording Industry Assn. of New Zealand (RIANZ) yesterday (Jan. 5) named the three finalists for the country's best folk music album of 2004. The winner will be announced Jan. 30 at the 32nd Auckl

The Recording Industry Assn. of New Zealand (RIANZ) yesterday (Jan. 5) named the three finalists for the country's best folk music album of 2004. The winner will be announced Jan. 30 at the 32nd Auckland Folk Festival.

The finalists are Glasgow-born Bob McNeill's "Turn The Diesels"; fellow Scottish migrant John Sutherland's "Mealmarket Street" and Maori performer Hinemoana Baker's debut "puawai". All three albums were self-released.

The award is typically part of the annual New Zealand Music Awards (or the "Tuis"), which were last held in September 2004. RIANZ recently decided to break from tradition and hand out the honor during the four-day festival, which is recognized as the biggest annual gathering of the country's folk artists.

The award is open to those domestic folk albums released from Nov. 16, 2003 and Nov. 15, 2004.
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