The Celtic-tinged group is celebrating after winning a Juno award for Traditional Roots Albums of the Year this weekend with their full-length debut “Secret Victory.”
The win was announced during Saturday’s gala dinner in Ottawa’s Shaw Centre.
Although the group is currently touring in Australia and could not accept the award in person, member Tim Chaisson said winning was a “dream” come true for the group.
“Winning a Juno Award has always been a dream, we still can't believe it, really,” Chaisson said in a message to The Guardian, adding that the group was celebrating during a day off from touring.
The group also updated their fans on the win with a Facebook post.
“Couldn’t be happier, celebrating on a Sunday morning in Woodfordia, Australia with a wee bit of champagne and ginger beer,” read part of the group’s statement. “Thank you to everyone involved in the making of Secret Victory and for supporting our tunes, songs and shows. Love ya’s.”
The group, which consists of Chaisson on fiddle, Jake Charron on guitar and Koady Chaisson on banjo, also congratulated fellow P.E.I. Ten Strings and a Goat Skin for also being nominated for the award.
All three members of the East Pointers were accomplished musicians in their own right before joining together.
The two Chaisson cousins are part of a sixth generation in a well-known family of P.E.I. fiddlers and folk musicians.
Tim has previously toured the world as a songwriter, while Koady often performed at his side and supported other touring acts.
Charron is an Ontario-based musician and has played guitar and piano with a long list of award-winning performers from around the globe.
The three would often collaborate during late-night kitchen parties when passing through each others’ provinces.
As their song catalogue built up, the group officially introduced itself to audiences when it released a self-titled six-song EP in October 2014.
Since then, the group released their full-length album and toured throughout Canada and Australia.
The gala dinner saw 34 of this year’s 41 Juno trophies handed out, while the rest of the awards were televised on Sunday night.