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Ordinary Elephant, Giddens take Folk Alliance honors

Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Ordinary Elephant, the husband-and-wife duo of Crystal and Peter Damore, won the Artist of the Year award on Wednesday at the Folk Alliance International 30th annual festival Kansas City.

Other winers were:

Album of the Year: "Freedom Highway," Rhiannon Giddens

Song of the Year: "You Didn't Call My Name," Molly Tuttle

Spirit of Folk Awards: Kristian Blak, Richard Gillmann, Martyn Joseph, Anais Mitchell, Betse Siggins

The People's Voice Award: Bonnie Raitt

The Clearwater Award: Winnipeg Folk Festival

Folk DJ Hall of Fame Inductees: Dick Pleasants, Fiona Ritchie, Mary Cliff

Lifetime Achievement Awards: Peter, Paul and Mary (Living), Richie Havens (Legacy), Elektra Records (Business/Academic)

Finalists for the 2017 Album, Song and Artist of the Year awards are based on U.S., Canadian, and International industry year-end lists as well as Folk DJ airplay. Winners are determined by the voting membership of Folk Alliance International and the results are announced annually.

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