Congratulations to James Coutts Scottish Dance Band who have been nominated in Dance band of the Year sponsored by National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2017. Vote now!
We asked James Coutts of James Coutts Scottish Dance Band the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
Evolved from a trio in the late 1980s into a full band which first broadcast on Take The Floor in 1994 and have been regulars on the programme since.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
Enjoyment from the music itself and the camaraderie with fellow musicians.
Any particular career highlights?
-An informal session with the late Willie Hunter on my first trip to Shetland in 1987.
– A live Reel Blend recording on the back of a BBC lorry in Union Street, Aberdeen (December 1998) in snow and sub zero temperatures.
-The Argyll Arms, Bunessan during the Mull Music Festivals of the early and mid 1990s. The combination of music, craic and hospitality was unforgettable.
What are your plans for the future?
To continue to enjoy the music we play and hopefully play a part in increasing interest in Scottish Dance Band music.
If you would like to come along to the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards in Paisley’s Lagoon Centre call 0300 300 1210 or to buy online visit www.paisley2021.co.uk/events/the-mg-alba-scots-trad-music-awards. Tickets can also be purchased via Paisley Arts Centre. Bands performing on Saturday 2nd December include Elephant Sessions, The Shee Big Band, Siobhan Miller, Tidelines, Paisley Fèis, Snuffbox, The Seamus O’Sullivan Experience, Lori Watson, Jenna Reid and Harris Playfair, Songs of Bàrd Phàislig (featuring Gillebrìde MacIlleMhaoil, Sìneag MacIntyre, Màiri NicAonghais, Seonaidh MacIntyre, Ewan MacPherson, Mhairi Hall, Màiri Nic a Mhaoilein and more to be announced. There will also be a late night ceilidh after the Awards till 1am.