Recent Folkmoot guest musicians win big at IBMA awards!

Great Balsam Songwriters in the Round with Jerry Salley, Claire Lynch and Irene Kelley
Great Balsam Songwriters in the Round at Folkmoot's Queen Auditorium, April 2019. Jerry Salley, Claire Lynch and Irene Kelley perform. Wayne Ebinger photo

Congratulations to a duo of recent performers in Folkmoot’s Great Balsam Songwriters in the Round Series for awards they received at last week’s 30th annual International Bluegrass Music Association awards celebration!

Claire Lynch and Jerry Salley, who played an April Round at Folkmoot’s Queen Auditorium with Irene Kelly, received a number of accolades.

Claire Lynch at Great Balsam Songwriters in the Round. Folkmoot. Wayne Ebinger photo.
Claire Lynch
Jerry Salley at Great Balsam Songwriters in the Round. Folkmoot. Wayne Ebinger photo.
Jerry Salley
Irene Kelley at Great Balsam Songwriters in the Round. Folkmoot. Wayne Ebinger photo.
Irene Kelly

Salley, a country and bluegrass singer-songwriter since 1982 with over 300 records recorded, won his second straight Songwriter of the Year award, as well as recognition for his production of the Gospel Recording of the Year (“Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout”, performed by Claire Lynch) and Associate Production of the Collaborative Recording of the Year (“The Guitar Song”, performed by Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers with Del McCoury).

Lynch, already three-time winner of IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year honors, won Gospel Recording of the Year for “Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout.”

Meanwhile, Kelley, whose original songs have been recorded by everyone from Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, and Trisha Yearwood to Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White, has been lighting up the airwaves as well. Her album “Benny’s TV Repair” is a chart-topper with multiple number one songs.

The Folkmoot Great Balsam Songwriters in the Round series returns next month, with a homegrown lineup featuring John Wiggins, Alma Russ and Isaiah Breedlove.

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