Woops! Evermore win but let the cat out of the bag
The Hume Brothers of Evermore have won New Zealand's most prestigious music award - the APRA Silver Scroll. The award for the song It's too Late was presented to Dann, Jon and Peter Hume by 2000 Silver Scroll winner Chris Knox at an exclusive ceremony tonight at the Auckland Town Hall.
Amplifier was however amused when it received the Evermore newsletter earlier in the day letting their "fan base" know that they had won the award. Unfortunately we couldn't find a bookmaker who would take our bets prior to the ceremony!
Back in 2000 Evermore won the Smokefree Rockquest; winning the 2005 Silver Scroll signals the brothers' arrival in New Zealand music's senior ranks.
"It's Too Late is such an assured and confident song, this recognition is richly deserved by Evermore" says APRA's Director of NZ Operations, Anthony Healey.
"It's an anthem that - like other iconic NZ songs - has already been discovered and adopted by Australians, as their own. Watch as the rest of the world discovers them."
The Silver Scroll Award has been presented since 1965. An anonymous panel of judges consider only the creative distinction of the song and assess both musical and lyrical content in equal proportion.
"The winning song was a stand-out hit, beautifully crafted, fun and catchy as hell," says one judge. "It deserved to win."
The four other finalists were
With more than 50 performers across musical genres, the invite- only audience at the Town Hall enjoyed interpretations of the finalists' songs by other artists - an aspect unique to the Silver Scrolls.
"These were extra special performances featuring some inspirational artists, to mark the Silver Scroll's 40th year" says musical director Victoria Kelly.
APRA celebrated 40 years of creative excellence in song-writing tonight with past winners of the Silver Scroll present at the Town Hall invited on stage in a roll call during the awards.
Four other awards were presented tonight. They were -
2005 APRA Maioha Award (presented for the best Maori waiata of the year) – presented by Garry Nicholas from Toi Maori to Anituatua Black and Whirimako Black for 'Tini Whetu'. Kathy Phillips and the Kevin Field Trio performed an intimate jazz setting of the waiata.
2005 SOUNZ Contemporary Award (recognising creative excellence by a NZ composer) was presented by Prime Minister Helen Clark to Ross Harris for Labyrinth for Tuba and Orchestra. The Brassouls performed an arrangement of Harris' piece.
2005 Most Performed Work in New Zealand – Tim and Neil Finn 'Won't Give In" presented by NZ On Air's Brendan Smythe.
2005 Most Performed Work Overseas – Neil Finn 'Don't Dream it's Over' presented by acclaimed American songwriter Jimmy Webb. Guests were treated to a performance of this song by Adeaze and Nesian Mystik.
APRA is a non-profit organisation administering the rights of the world's composers, songwriters and publishers in Australasia. APRA represents over 38,000 writers and publishers through direct membership, with over 5,000 NZ members, and over 2 million writers and publishers throughout the world under reciprocal agreements with other organisations.