Baldry Documentary Nominated For TWO Gemini Awards, including one for yours truly…

Nick Orchard’s music documentary, which I was a writer on, has been nominated for two GEMINI AWARDS, the prestigious honour bestowed upon “The Best of Canadian Television” and the national equivalent of the U.S. Emmy Awards.

IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLUES, artists rendering symbolizing TWO GEMINI AWARD NOMINATIONS

Soapbox Productions LONG JOHN BALDRY: IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLUES, artists rendering symbolizing TWO GEMINI AWARD NOMINATIONS

It was announced yesterday that Long John Baldry: In the Shadow of the Blues, (the Soapbox Productions documentary which airs recurrently on Bravo! in Canada and on BBC in the UK), had been nominated for Best Biography Documentary Program (Nick Orchard and Corby Coffin ) and that Paul Myers (me) had been nominated for Best Writing In A  Documentary Series.
I’m thrilled to be associated with Nick and Corby’s documentary and I can tell you that it was a real labour of love for all of us to get to tell Long John Baldry’s amazing true story. It’s all part of this incredible journey that I’ve been on with my book It Ain’t Easy: Long John Baldry and the Birth of the British Blues, as we seem to be getting more and more late, but welcome and appreciated, notice from reviewers and peers.

Congratulations to Nick and Corby, and to Eva Gobalek who left Soapbox last June but was very important to the success of the film.

The Awards ceremony will be held in Toronto on October 20th.

I’m sure that Long John’s ghost is looking down from wherever blues men go and smiling on us all before going back to jamming with Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters.

Baldry, Willie Dixon and Chris Barber, circa late 50's

Baldry, Willie Dixon and Chris Barber, circa late 50's

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4 Responses to “Baldry Documentary Nominated For TWO Gemini Awards, including one for yours truly…”

  1. Congrats Paul, the book was a great read and frankly the film would not have existed without the perspective you brought; giving the Long John story a throughline that had sadly not existed before.

  2. Shawn Gommer (TRouBLe) Says:

    Paul;
    Good on you, that’s one way of getting you back into the country. I haven’t read the book but the documentary was a great piece of work. I helped me realize what Long John was all about and brought back memories of his shows at the Media Club.

  3. Excellent news! Congratulations! Are you coming home for the ceremony?

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