For the sixth time in nine years, Irish Echo “Trad Beat” columnist Earle Hitchner has been appointed to the awards nominating committee in the Celtic/British Isles category of the Association for Independent Music. He will also be a judge in three other musical categories this year: bluegrass, traditional folk, and contemporary folk.
A writer for the Irish Echo since 1991, Hitchner has contributed articles to The Wall Street Journal, Billboard, MTV’s Sonicnet, Reader’s Digest, Details, The Oxford American, New Choices, and many other publications. Besides Irish and other Celtic music, he’s written extensively on folk, bluegrass, country, alt-country, and jazz. One of the many recordings for which he wrote liner notes, the Boston Pops
Orchestra’s “The Celtic Album,” was nominated for a Grammy award in 1998.
Founded in 1972, the Association for Independent Music is the premier
organization for independent record labels, distributors, and suppliers in the United States. AFIM’s awards ceremony will take place during March 9-12 in San Francisco.