Congratulations to Anna Massie who has been nominated in Musician of the Year sponsored by The University of the Highlands and Islands in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Vote now!
We asked Anna Massie the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
I’m a guitarist and fiddle player, playing in a few different line-ups – Mairearad and Anna, RANT, Blazin’ Fiddles – and working as a session accompanist for many different singers. I also work as a producer, musical director and radio presenter.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
This music has always been part of my life. When I was wee, mum and I would dance at the ceilidhs my dad’s band were playing. Then I joined the ceilidh band as a teenager, and music became my career when I was still a student, after winning the Young Trad Musician of the Year Award in 2003. I love the music and the community involved with it.
Any particular career highlights?
There are many, but the past year has been particularly exciting – even lockdown has created some new avenues to explore! In fact, this year’s Trad Awards are a highlight – it’s very rewarding that a few things I’ve worked on have been recognised in the nominations.
What are your plans for the future?
More of the same, I hope! Also, the eternal trek towards a solo album continues…
The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, Na Trads 2020, will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on 12th December 2020 at 9pm where the award winners will be announced along with specially recorded music performances. During the day on Saturday the 12th, you will be able to watch from 1pm til 9pm a day of live Scottish trad music including Kinnaris Quintet, Dallahan, Inyal, Paul McKenna Band, Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth and many more here https://youtu.be/amByvVzxl5E. Keep up to date with all the latest information by joining the Hands Up for Trad newsletter at https://handsup.link/Newsletter or use the hashtags #natrads #HUFTonline.
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