Grace Hickey receives one of her two Dolphin awards at the ceremony at the Ballina RSL
Grace Hickey receives one of her two Dolphin awards at the ceremony at the Ballina RSL Anthony Moulay AVimages

Twice as nice for Grace at Dolphin awards

MACLEAN's Grace Hickey said she had spent the lead up to the 2016 Dolphin Awards being okay if her named wasn't called on the night, so she was stunned to hear it read out twice.

Grace won both sections she was nominated for, taking out the Youth award and Female Vocal of the Year for her song Cactus Flower.

"It was so exciting, especially to win the Female Vocal of the Year,” she said.

"In that category I'm on the same playing fields as everyone else so it was pretty amazing to be acknowledged as someone who can hold their own.

"And I'd had a listen to the other finalists work and they were fantastic vocalists. I was a bit lost for words.”

Grace said the night, held on Tuesday at the Ballina RSL to recognise the best in North Coast music had a great vibe, with a great sense of the music community.

"It was so lovely, they called out my name once and people were calling me by name all night saying congratulations and asking about my music,” she said.

"I could really sense the supportive environment there.”

Grace will gig locally at the Yamba Golf Club on December 16 and the Maclean Hotel on December 30 before turning her attention back to writing new material.

"At the moment I'm doing a lot more writing and collaborating with musicians I meet through gigging, and with the writing I want to get a solid body of work,” she said.

"The prize for the youth award is a spot on the Bluesfest busking stage, and I met the organiser of that on the night so I'm looking forward to showcasing a heap of new material there.”

Further representing the Clarence Valley, dirtgirlworld creators Cate McQuillen and Hewey Eustace won in the best children's song category for their song "So Not A Princess” taken from the dirtgirlworld musical.

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