Dolphin Awards finalists plucked from cream of music talent

THE best of the Northern Rivers musicians and singers have been named as the finalists for the North Coast Entertainment Industry Association Dolphin Awards 2015.

The NCEIA was formed in 1991, by a number of local musicians to promote and celebrate the region's rich music and performing arts industry.

This year's awards ceremony will be held at the Ballina RSL Club auditorium, 240 River St, on Tuesday, September 8, from 6.30pm. $35. Tickets on sale from the Ballina RSL website.

>> The full list of finalists

South Golden Beach resident Kellie Knight and her band The Daze have received four nominations, three of them as a band, in the pop, urban/hip hop/funk plus the world/reggae categories.

Knight also received an individual nomination as best female vocalist for the song Red Wine.

Mullumbimby resident Deidi Vine will also walk into the awards night with four nominations: adult contemporary, blues, pop and world/reggae.

Bellingen's The Mid North also have four nominations in the Folk, Production, Country and Album of the Year categories.

Also among the finalists for this year's awards is Alstonville's Paul Appelkamp, who performs under the moniker of Lionheir.

He is nominated for three awards - in the adult contemporary, alternative/ indie and rock categories - for three of the songs from his upcoming album, Dangerous Happiness.

The first single from the album, What You Want, earned him the nomination in the alternative/indie section.

Lismore residents and SCU Contemporary Music students, The Swamp Stompers, have been nominated in the Blues category for their song Better Days.

Band members Corey Legge, Mitch Broadhead and Luke Ligtenberg released an EP called Stepping Stones last February. The Swamp Stompers will also be playing live at this year's Dolphin Awards ceremony.

Corey Legge is also in the runnning to win the Best Male Vocal award for his performance of the song Well I Do.

In the Hard and Heavy section, Ballina is represented by metal band SIV, which won that same category in 2014. The head-banging metal shredders have been announced as one of the supports for hit metal band King Parrot's upcoming visit to Ballina in September.

Artists performing on the awards night will be Kellie Knight and the Daze, Maclean's guitar teenage duo Nick and Sam, Bangalow singer Gracie Hughes, Bluesfest Busking Junior winners Hoo 8 Hoo, Jodie Martin, SIV, Mullumbimby's Two Lions, Lismore's The Swamp Stompers and the Blue Skillet Rovers.

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