Congratulations to Perth Concert Hall who has been nominated in Venue of the Year sponsored by Musicians’ Union in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2022. Vote for Perth Concert Hall now!. It’s going to be another great night at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards on Sunday 4th December in Dundee’s Caird Hall. Why not join us for a brilliant night of music and awards. Buy a ticket here.
We asked Andy of Perth Concert Hall the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
Since it opened in 2005, Perth Concert Hall has established itself as a venue of choice for Scottish traditional musicians at all stages of their musical careers. It’s crystal-clear acoustics cater for the softest string pluck to the most powerful pipe band performance and everything in between. Along with sister venue Perth Theatre, Perth Concert Hall also offers a wide-ranging programme of learning and engagement activities in the venues and across Perth and Kinross.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
As a major Scottish venue it's essential that we present and nurture the vast range of talent to be found in the Scottish traditional and folk scene.
In addition, Perthshire has a huge legacy of traditional music in all its forms and we are always seeking ways to celebrate and explore that and support contemporary artists such as Patsy Reid and Ross Ainslie.
Any particular career highlights?
Opening Perth Concert Hall with Pearls Of The Tay, featuring Shelia Stewart, Vale Of Atholl Pipe Band, Aberfeldy Gaelic Choir, Margaret Bennett, Ewen Sutherlan, with a multi-national band directed by Indian percussionsist Trilok Gurtu.
Winning Venue Of The Year at the Scots Trad Awards in 2008!
Esatblishing Southern Fried festival, our celebration of American roots music.
Creating and supporting The Gordon Duncan Experience, a big band for young people whose repertoire is based in and inspired by traditional music.
Hosting The Scots Trad Music Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2018
Curating Made In Perthshire, a concert to celebrate 10 years of Perth Concert Hall, directed by Ross Ainslie and Patsy Reid and featuring Lisa Rigby, Fraser Anderson and Craigie Community Choir.
Staging No Man's Land, a one-off concert commemorating 100 years since the end of WWI in Nov 2018 featuring Karine Polwart, Kris Drever, Eska, Raghu Dixit, Declan O'Rourke and Blue Rose Code.
Hosting The National Mod in October 2022 – the first time it had been staged in Perth for 18 years.
What are your plans for the future?
To continue to be a key venue within the Scottish music industry and to present the best of traditional music in all its forms.
Hosting The Scots Trad Music Awards in 2023.
Perth Concert Hall Social Media
The 2022 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards are back to normal on the 4th December 2022! You will be able to watch it live in person (buy a ticket here),Watch it live in the UK at 9pm (GMT) on BBC ALBA and and around the world here. Bands performing on Sunday 4th December include Elephant Sessions, Fara, Trip, Eryn Rae Trio, The Auldeners, Gordon Shand Scottish Dance Band, Irish Minstrels, Tayside Young Fiddlers, and a James Alexander Tribute.
If you would like to support Hands Up for Trad in their work with Scottish trad music and musicians why not become a friend of Hands Up for Trad. In addition to our high profile events like the Scots Trad Music Awards, we also deliver a less well known, education programme for young people from 8yrs right through to young adults at the start of their careers. Read more here.