TRURO - Stewiacke's Bob Sharples took home the top honour for emcee of the year Saturday night during the 28th annual Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards.
About 20 awards were given out at the ceremony held at CEC, with Sharples beating out Ken Edwards and Wilson Moore for the title.
Shadow River's Ryan Dillman took home banjo player of the year and composer of the year, while the band was named band of the year.
The band's Doug Proctor, who lives in Truro, was named mandolin player of the year, and bandmate David Doyle was named vocalist of the year.
Other winners included A New Shade of Blue's Terry Mumford as bass player of the year; George Grant as dobro player of the year; Lukas Munroe of Blue Tie Affair as fiddle player of the year; and Eight Wheel Drive's Jeff Nauss as guitar player of the year.
Bluegrass Tradition's Karen Decoste was named female vocalist of the year, while Darren Richard was named individual entertainer of the year and the band was named vocal group of the year, as well as gospel performance of the year.
Most promising band of the year was Mountain River, and Janet McGarry was honoured with recording of the year.
Promoter of the year went to Jerry Murphy, who was entered into the masters list with this year's award.
Wayne Dugas, who hosts Vive la bluegrass on CIFA 104.1 FM Saulnierville, was named radio/TV DJ of the year.
Dick Croft and David Marolyn Singer were named lifetime members, while Buddy Daigle picked up fan of the year.