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Matt Anderson. (Handout)
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Matt Andersen a triple winner at blues awards Add to ...

Matt Andersen’s nickname for himself is “Stubby Fingers,” all the better to handle the many awards coming his way.

The dynamic New Brunswick bluesman hauled in three trophies at the national Maple Blues Awards gala in Toronto on Monday, reaping accolades as the year’s top acoustic act, male vocalist and entertainer, all on the strength of extensive touring and his latest album, Coal Mining Blues.

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Other multiple winners at the Koerner Hall ceremony were Ottawa’s Monkey Junk (electric act, top drummer and recording of the year for To Behold) and the soulful Saskatoon native Suzie Vinnick (songwriter and female vocalist).

Full list of winners from the 15th annual Maple Blues Awards:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Matt Andersen

ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR

Monkey Junk

ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR

Matt Andersen

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Matt Andersen

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Suzie Vinnick

NEW ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce

RECORDING OF THE YEAR

To Behold, by Monkey Junk

Blues With A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement)

Paul James

BB KING INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Gregg Allman

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Steve Strongman

HARMONICA PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Carlos del Junco

PIANO/KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kenny (Blues Boss) Wayne

HORN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Chris Whiteley

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR

Matt Sobb (of Monkey Junk)

BASSIST OF THE YEAR

Alec Fraser

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Suzie Vinnick

BLUES BOOSTER OF THE YEAR

Liz Sykes (President of the Ottawa Blues Society)

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