Indie rockers Horror My Friend have added three South Australian Music Awards (SAM Awards) to their resume (Best Group, Best Song and Best Music Video directed by Ryan Sahb) at a glittering gala ceremony staged last night (Nov 22) at Bonython Hall in Adelaide.

“It’s definitely nice to be recognized after being active for a while,” Horror My Friend told us last week about their SAM Awards nominations. “Happy to be acknowledged, we’ll be happy if we win and happy if we don’t.”

Adrian Eagle and Electric Fields both came away with two awards each; Adrian, who won Best New Artist at last year’s SAM Awards scored the gongs for Best Solo Artist and Best Release (‘A.O.K’). “I’m so thankful. Very honored,” Adrian told us.

Electric Fields took out the Best ATSI Artist and the People’s Choice award in the electronic category. While Jess Day claimed Best New Artist. “It means the world to me to feel so supported by the South Australian music community,” Jess said.

“I’m also super excited about it because my parents and my Nan are over the moon about the idea of me winning an award for my music. It feels good to be able to make them proud.”

Rising stars Wing Defence grabbed the punk award, Wanderers won soul/funk/R&B taking out their second People’s Choice award, and Adam Page won his fourth SAM Award in the jazz category (previously a winner in jazz and world music categories).

In the People’s Choice category, Ollie English took home the blues and roots award for the second year running, The Cut Snakes won the country category, Sons of Zōku took out the experimental award and Ukulele Death Squad snagged the folk award.

Music engineer Neville Clark was presented the Music SA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the coveted APRA AMCOS Emily Burrows Award (presented for the first time at the SAM Awards) was taken out by four-piece country-rockers Dead Roo.

The gala provided a stellar line-up of entertainment, with live performances by Kelly Menhennett, Jimblah, Stellie, and SAM Award winners Jess Day and Horror My Friend, with Electric Fields closing the night with a surprise performance.

2019 SAM AWARDS

Best Studio

Wundenberg’s Recording and Rehearsal Studios



Best Studio Engineer

Mario Spate



Best Live Engineer

Luke Hancock



Best Festival/ Event

Porchland/ Stonecutters



Best Venue

Lion Arts Factory

Best Cover Art

Jack Fenby (Dress Code)

Best Manager

Alex Karatassa



Best Music Video

Ryan Sahb (Horror My Friend)


Best Song

Horror My Friend – Turned Loose

Best New Artist

Jess Day


Best Group

Horror My Friend


Best ATSI

Electric Fields



Best Solo

Adrian Eagle


Best Release

Adrian Eagle – A.O.K

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

Blues & Roots

Ollie English

Country

The Cut Snakes

Electronic

Electric Fields

Experimental

SONS OF ZÖKU

Folk

Ukulele Death Squad

Heavy

Hidden Intent

Hip Hop

Elsy Wameyo

Jazz

Adam Page

Pop

Germein

Punk

Wing Defence

Rock

TOWNS

Soul/Funk/R&B

Wanderers

OTHER HONOURS

UNESCO, City of Music, Best International Collaboration Award

Slava and Lenny Grigoryan with Beijing Duo, as party of Adelaide Guitar Festival

Music SA Lifetime Achievement Award

Neville Clark


APRA AMCOS Emily Burrows Award

Dead Roo