CRS Best of The Year 2011
This weekend I ventured north to Wath-Upon-Dearne where the CRS was awarding the BOTY awards for 2011.
I really enjoyed the event. Besides the awards there were performances from Alan Reed and Arena. More in later posts.
The CRS Awards are voted for by the members of the Classic Rock Society. This is the 2nd time I have attended the BOTYs, and I have spotted a pattern. Each year the band that has managed to mobilise their fans wins a lot of the awards. Last year it was Mostly Atumn, this year it was Pendragon.
And the winner is:
Best Male Vocalist: Damian Wilson
Damian's car had broken down so he could not make it to Wath-Upon-Dearne, so Clive Nolan accepted the award on his behalf.
Best Female Vocalist: Christina Booth
I recently saw Christina perform in Clive Nolan's She and for me she was the star of the show. Well deserved.
Best Bass Player: John Jowitt
Same procedure as last year. John is the nicest man in Prog.
Best Drummer: Scott Higham
Scott Higham and Oliver Wakeman. I had not really had a chance to speak with Scott before but he is really a top bloke.
Best Keyboard Player: Clive Nolan
My favourite album at the moment is Arena - The Seventh Degree Of Seperation, so I was pleased that Clive got this award.
Best Guitarist: Steve Hackett
It is not called the Classic Rock Society for nothing. The legend that is Mr. Hackett.
Best Album: Passion - Pendragon
This year was Pendragon's year and I must add Passion to my shopping list.
Best Track: This Green And Pleasant Land - Pendragon
Another one for the Pendies.
Best Band: Mostly Autumn
Did the CRS forget to empty the ballot box from last year?
Best New Concrete Lake
The first Band to ever get an encore at Summer's End Sunday's opening slot. Well deserved. A band that is going places.
Best CRS Live Act: Pendragon
Yes, it is them again. I have not seen Pendragon live since Summer's End a couple of years ago. Must see them again.
Unsung Hero: ARfm Radio
This is the first time I have heard of ARfm Radio. But they have a website which I must check out http://www.arfm.co.uk/