Music Victoria’s 2015 Genre Nominees


Tuesday October 20, 2015: The third annual Age Music Victoria Genre Awards finalists were announced earlier this morning by Patrick Donovan, CEO of Music Victoria. Specially selected expert panels voted on the best music across genres, from jazz to hip hop, global and heavy, and nominated the top five releases and acts of 2015.

This year’s nominees include electronic artists Andras & Oscar, I’lls, Roland Tings, Total Giovanni and Wabz along with Victoria’s best country acts Ben Mastwyk, Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies, Marlon Williams, Mustered Courage and Raised By Eagles.

“Victoria is one of the few scenes in the world that can warrant its own genre awards such is the strength of diversity. Congratulations to this year’s nominees,” said Donovan in announcing the nominees.

In recognition of the artists’ contribution to Victorian music, all nominees in the Genre Awards will receive a rehearsal package at Bakehouse Studios.

Genre and publicly voted winners will be presented at 170 Russell on 11 November in a huge awards night that features performances by Marlon Williams, Courtney Barnett and Harts performing short sets and the EG Allstars, who will be joined by special guests Ajak Kwai, Ben Salter, Blake Scott (The Peep Tempel), Briggs, Ecca Vandal, Emma Donovan, Iseula Hingano (Blue Eyes Cry) and Olympia.

The Genre Nominees are:

Best Blues Album

Blue Heat – One Day Too Long

Blues Mountain – Separation Street

Fiona Boyes – Box & Dice

Greg Dodd & The Hoodoo Men – Movin’ On

Lloyd Spiegel – Double Live Set

Best Country Album

Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies – Self Titled

Ben Mastwyk – Mornin’, Evenin’

Mustered Courage – White Lies & Melodies

Raised By Eagles – Diamonds In The Bloodstream

Marlon Williams – Self Titled

Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B and Gospel Album

Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Dawn

Mojo Juju – Seeing Red / Feeling Blue

The Paul Kelly – Merri Soul Sessions

Seven Ups – Self-Titled

Women of Soul – Self-Titled

Best Jazz Album

Allan Browne Quintet – Ithaca Bound

Jack Earle Big Band – Self Titled

Barney McAll – Mooroolbark

Refraction – As We Were

Paul Van Ross – Mi Alma Cuban: My Cuban Soul

Best Hip Hop Album 

Ciecmate – Limbo

Maundz – Nobody’s Business

Tornts – No Compromise

Spit & Mac – The Hourglass

Lgeez – Cloud Nine

Best Electronic Act

Andras & Oscar


Roland Tings

Total Giovanni


Best Heavy Album

Cuntz – Force the Zone

Fuck the Fitzroy Doom Scene – Facing the Ruin

High Tension – Bully

King Parrot – Dead Set

Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel

Best Indigenous Act


Emma Donovan


Dan Sultan

Benny Walker

Best Global or Reggae Album 

Ras Jahknow – Jah Sta Li Dub

Larry Maluma – Ulemu

Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir – Stories of Love & Regret

Quarter Street – Self titled

T Rhythm – Reminicin

Best Folk Roots Album

Kate Bourke & Ruth Hazelton – Declaration

Suzannah Espie – Mother’s Not Feeling Herself Today

Oh Pep! – Living

The Mae Trio – September

Tolka – One House

Best Experimental/Avant-Garde Act

Carolyn Connors

Ede Eves

Eugene Eughetti

Joe Talia

Robin Fox

This year’s awards are co-presented by PBS 106.7FM and Triple R 102.7 FM. You can purchase tickets to the gig and be part of the live winners announcements on 11 November 2015 at 170 Russell.

Voting is open until Friday November 6 for the publicly voted awards component.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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