Hands Up for Trad, organising body of MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, has announced the artists and bands shortlisted for 2019’s prestigious awards, with voting opening 10am on Monday 4th November.
A staple in the traditional music calendar, the ceremony will this year take place in Aberdeen Music Hall on Saturday 7th December at 7pm and with tickets flying fast the awards will be broadcast live on BBC ALBA and streamed worldwide at bbc.co.uk/alba.
Presented by Mary Ann Kennedy and Kim Carnie, the high impact evening of awards decided by industry experts will include exciting live music performances by Skerryvore, the current BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the year, Benedict Morris, Heisk, Aberdeenshire Youth Band, Kris Drever, Sian and Robyn Stapleton.
Also punctuating the renowned annual Awards ceremony which famously has the audience up on its feet will be Session A9, Mairi Campbell and the Pendulum Band (of Sex and the City’s Auld Lang Syne fame), and Susan MacFadyen Scottish Dance Band.
Event founder and promoter, Simon Thoumire, said: “As always, the Trad Awards amaze me. It shows the strength of the scene, breadth of talent and sheer scale of the industry. We are really excited to announce two new awards this year, each with important recognition; The Trad Video of The Year and Musician of The Year.”
Among the seventeen Awards up for grabs at the annual music Oscars is the mighty Belhaven Bursary for Innovation. The largest cash prize in Scottish music, financially matched only by the Mercury Prize, it rewards innovative musicians with a career-changing investment of £25,000 to support the winning act to progress unique ideas and empower creation. Previous winners were Elephant Sessions in 2017, and Talisk in 2018. On top of this, the award is also accompanied by the brewing of a collaboration ale with the winner’s name, alongside an appearance at the legendary Belhaven Brewery Post Parade Party in New York during Tartan Week. The Belhaven fund is supported by Showcase Scotland Expo, an organisation backing the international development of Scottish-based artists, in association with Creative Scotland, and the bursary is awarded to bands or artists chosen through a panel of industry experts.
Tickets are priced £25 (+ Booking Fee), and Concessions are available via Aberdeen Music Hall Box Office on 01224 641122, or visit: https://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/whats-on/all-shows/the-mg-alba-scots-trad-music-awards/2734
Communications Manager for MG ALBA, Murdo MacSween, said: “It’s a really exciting time for trad music in Scotland and MG ALBA are delighted to support this world-class talent. These acts are all fantastic ambassadors for Scotland, our indigenous languages and our strong cultural identities and it’s fantastic that we can champion them like this.”
Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland said: “I never cease to be amazed by the sheer breadth of talent in every category of the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. These are the people who keep Scotland’s musical heritage alive at a grassroots level by kindling the community spirit, the people who put Scotland on the global map by taking our most distinctive music out around the world. Creative Scotland is proud to sponsor the Music Tutor of the Year Award on behalf of the Youth Music Initiative – there’s nothing more exciting than passing our traditions on to the next generation and seeing how they make our age-old music their own.”
Gordon Muir, Marketing Controller at Belhaven Brewery said: “Belhaven are delighted to be supporting the Scottish traditional music scene with the third edition of the Belhaven Bursary. This scene is full of exciting talent and we’re thrilled to be able to help encourage its continued innovation through this prize, which will give another great act a chance to grow their profile and invest in taking new creative risks. The standard of artists on the shortlist is outstanding and we’re really looking forward to working with the winners over the year ahead.”
Stuart Fleming, PRS for Music Senior Membership Manager, Scotland & Northern Ireland, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards once again. In particular, it’s fantastic that four of our most exciting female composers have been shortlisted for the PRS for Music Composer of the Year Award and I wish them all the best of luck”.
The Shortlist is:
Album of the Year sponsored by Birnam CD
1. Beyond, by Talisk
2. Drawn From Deep Water, by Gnoss
3. Free One, by Kinnaris Quintet
4. Frenzy of the Meeting, by Breabach
5. Laws Of Motion, by Karine Polwart, Steven Polwart & Inge Thomson
6. Mercury, by Siobhan Miller
7. Neath the Gloaming Star, by Hannah Rarity
8. Steer By The Stars, by Skipinnish
9. The Reeling, by Brìghde Chaimbeul
10. What Makes You, by Elephant Sessions
Scottish Dance Band of the Year, sponsored by National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs
1. The Cruickshank Family Band
2. Ewan Galloway Scottish Dance Band
3. Gary Sutherland Scottish Dance Band
4. Scott Band Scottish Dance Band
Trad Video of the Year Sponsored by Ceòlas Uibhist
1. Fair Weather Beggar by Claire Hastings
2. Heroes – Tide Lines
3. Hope in the Chaos by Ross Ainslie and Malcolm Jones
4. East West by Shooglenifty featuring Tanxugueiras
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Hand Up for Trad exists to promote Scottish traditional music through information, education and advocacy to artists, participants and audiences across Scotland.
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PRS for Music represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation it works to ensure that creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music’s network represents over two million music creators worldwide. In 2017, 6.6 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £717m collected on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.
PRS for Music’s public performance licensing is now carried out on PRS for Music’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the new joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.
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