Public Voting opens this Monday 2nd November for nominees in 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.
VOTE HERE (Voting closes Sunday 15th November at midnight)
Murdo MacSween, Communications Manager at title sponsors MG ALBA, said: “It gives us particular pride at MG ALBA to be title sponsors in this especially testing year. We’ve seen fantastic collaborations and innovation – all reaching audiences in ever unique and inspiring ways. These awards give us an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the creative pioneers and incredible wealth of talent we have in Scotland, and we’re delighted to be able to join with Hands Up for Trad to enable this once more.
Featuring phenomenal performances from leading trad musicians, the highly regarded annual Awards give recognition to excellence within Scotland’s thriving traditional musical culture. Encompassing all aspects of making and playing from composing, Gaelic song, folk and Scottish dance music to pipe bands and a host of others in between, each year sees a lively and enthusiastic crowd enjoying some of the biggest names as the industry and audiences join to honour singers, instrumentalists, composers and songwriters, and this year sees the Awards, in a different format broadcast on BBC ALBA.
Margaret Cameron, Commissioning Editor and Head of Creative Collaborations added, “We’re delighted that Na Trads will be on air this year, albeit in a changed format. It was important to BBC ALBA to keep faith with the event and to find a safe, innovative and engaging way to reflect on the incredible fortitude and creativity of the sector, both behind and in front of the camera.”
Stuart Fleming, Senior Membership Manager Scotland & Northern Ireland, PRS for Music said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards once again. It has without doubt been an incredibly difficult year, but Hands Up for Trad has risen to the challenge to offer support for the Scottish traditional music community, showing resilience, creativity and innovation in these trying times. Congratulations to all the nominees, in particular those nominated for Original Work of the Year and we look forward to celebrating with the winners virtually in December.”
Anna-Wendy Stevenson, Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Applied Music University of the Highlands and Islands confirmed: “The University of the Highlands and Islands is delighted to continue to support the Musician of the Year Award, in what has been an incredibly challenging year for the musical and wider artistic community. It is more important than ever to celebrate the contribution and positive impact our musicians have on our wellbeing, culture, communities and economy. It has been incredible to witness the adaptability and resilience of many musicians, skillsets we actively impart to our students, and we value the role of this event MG ALBA Scots Traditional Music Awards, in bringing together organisations across music in Scotland to support the development of and recognise the work and talent of our musicians”
Vote and keep up to date with all the latest news at www.scotstradmusicawards.com
Tweaked for 2020 to reflect the pivot the entire industry has made due to Covid-19, this year’s twelve Awards are:
- Music Tutor of the Year, sponsored by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative
- Rua MacMillan
- Rachel Hair
- Josie Duncan
- Lauren MacColl
- Corrina Hewat
- Laura-Beth Salter
- Louise (Mackenzie) Douglas
- Gaelic Singer of the Year, sponsored by The Highland Society of London
- Album of The Year, sponsored by Birnam CD
- All Is Not Forgotten by Siobhan Miller
- Banjaxed by Ciaran Ryan
- Bayview by Project Smok
- Eye of the Storm by Tide Lines
- Light My Byre by Peat & Diesel
- Shhh I’m on the phone by Innes Watson
- Steall by Ewen Henderson
- The Ledger by Gillian Frame, Findlay Napier and Mike Vass
- The Roke by Ross Miller
- The Woods by Hamish Napier
- Up & Coming artist of the Year, sponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
- Community Music Project of the Year, sponsored by Greentrax Recordings
- Campbell’s Ceilidh
- Tunes in the Hoose
- MacGregor’s Live at Five
- Hands Up for Trad Strathspey and Reel Society
- Covid Choir Workshops
- Carry On Streamin
- Comhairle Cèilidhs (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar)
- Event of the Year Award sponsored by VisitScotland
- 365 stories + Music (Aidan O’Rourke and James Robertson)
- Virtual Edinburgh International Harp Festival
- Fèis Rois Adult Feis Weekend Online
- Tional Gaelic Online Music Festival
- BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 20th Anniversary Concert (Celtic Connections)
- Coastal Connections (Celtic Connections)
- Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year, sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA)
- Trad Video of the Year, sponsored by Threads of Sound
- Erica’s by Balter
- Calum Dan’s Transit Van by Peat & Diesel
- Deep Dark Beast by Twelfth Day
- Moorlough Shore by ELIR
- Ceòl Mòr Style by Calum MacCrimmon
- Taste the Rain by Tide Lines Choir
- Online Performance of 2020, sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust
- Sandy on Sunday Show (Sandy Brechin)
- Live from The Lounge with Paul Anderson and Shona Donaldson
- Pete Clark From The Shed
- Tide Lines Virtual World Tour
- Skerryvore Live Across The World
- Duncan Chisholm’s #CovidCeilidh
- Lomond Ceilidh Band’s The Daily Ceilidh
- Original Work of the Year, sponsored by PRS for Music
- The Woods by Hamish Napier
- Everyday Heroes by Skerryvore
- Graham Rorie – The Orcadians of Hudson Bay
- Rachel Newton – To the Awe
- Camhanaich (Dawn) by Mhairi Hall
- Trad Music in the Media, sponsored by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
- Marie Martin – Box and Fiddle Magazine
- Ewan Galloway and Derek Hamilton – RadioGH
- Fiona McNeill – Celtic & Folk Fusions Radio Show
- Sruth na Maoile (BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta)
- Anna Massie – Black Isle Correspondent
- Musician of the Year, sponsored by the University of the Highlands and Islands
Morag Macdonald, Youth Music Initiative Manager, Creative Scotland added: “The Youth Music Initiative is delighted to support the Music Tutor of the Year Award that recognises the ongoing dedication and enthusiasm of music tutors who contribute so much to the music ecology of Scotland. This year more than ever we have witnessed musicians going the extra mile to ensure that children and young people have opportunities to engage with music making and we look forward to celebrating the commitment of some of these individuals.”
Within the programme three pillars of the Scots Trad Music community will be recognised through special awards; the Janet Paisley Services to Scots Language Award sponsored by Creative Scotland, the Services to Gaelic Award sponsored by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, and the Hamish Henderson Award for Services to Traditional Music.
This year the annual Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame is sponsored by Fèisean nan Gàidheal, with special plans to be announced in December.
Duncan Byatt, President of the Highland Society of London, said: “The Highland Society of London is delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Gaelic Singer of the Year Award at the 2020 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. Music continues to be an important factor in lifting spirits and supporting communities during this difficult year, and we are extremely grateful to Hands Up For Trad and BBC Alba for (amongst their many other fantastic initiatives) providing this platform to recognise so many creative and inspiring musicians – particularly those that perform in Gaelic.”
In addition to the broadcast, during the day of the 12th December you will be able to watch live Scottish trad music from 1-9pm presented by Singer & Songwriter Findlay Napier, with confirmed artists including Kinnaris Quintet, Dallahan, Inyal, Paul McKenna Band, Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth and many more on Hands Up For Trad’s Facebook.
Organising body, Hands Up for Trad funded by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, was formed in 2002 and exists to increase the profile and visibility of Scottish traditional music through information, advocacy and education to artists, participants and audiences.
Hands Up for Trad’s Creative Director Simon Thoumire thanks all involved: “Since lockdown it’s been a huge team effort to process everything that’s happening with Covid-19, and provide musicians and crew with the support needed due to cancelled launches, gigs and tours, as well as provide audiences with entertainment and culture, much needed during these troubled times.
“Thanks to all the people who nominate and vote, and to the artists, media and our sponsors and partners for their flexibility and passion for making the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020 possible.”
This year the event was set to take place in Dundee’s Caird Hall, which has been held for a mix of digital and physical in 2021. With live music and event restrictions in place for the foreseeable future, Hands Up for Trad has been working hard since March to support artists and provide alternative platforms for musicians to reach their audiences, fundraise and sell tickets online.
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Hands Up for Trad – Hands Up for Trad exists to promote Scottish traditional music through information, education and advocacy to artists, participants and audiences across Scotland and beyond.
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About music at the University of the Highlands and Islands:
The University of the Highlands and Islands deliver a range of acclaimed and pioneering music courses from further to higher and postgraduate education, with many graduates over the years `nominated and winning in categories of the MG Alba Scotland Traditional Music Awards.
The university is an international leader in delivering blended learning, and delivers innovative practical curriculum using an approach that combines video-conferencing, use of online technologies, real time support and face-to-face teaching.
This blended learning model is used on the HNC, BA (Hons) applied music and the MA music and the environment programmes. These programmes facilitate students’ choice to focus on the development of traditional musical skills, in the wider context of musical study, whilst being located in their own local communities, from the Outer Hebrides where Lews Castle College UHI is emerging as a centre for Traditional Music, to mainland Scotland and across the world. The success of the programmes are demonstrated in consistent 100% National Student Survey results, graduate achievement, progression and employability, industry accreditation and engagement and by the contribution these programmes and graduates make to local communities and the creative economy across Scotland.
About PRS for Music
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. In 2019, 18.8 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £810.8m 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.
The Highland Society of London is a charity which promotes and supports the traditions and culture of the Highlands of Scotland. Amongst other activities, each year the Society awards the Gold Medals for the best player of Piobaireachd at each of the Argyllshire Gathering and the Northern Meeting; sponsors Gaelic singing prizes at the Royal National Mod and the fiction prize at the Gaelic Literature Awards; and presents the Highland Book Prize.
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. They enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. Creative Scotland distributes funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.
Bòrd na Gàidhlig (the Bòrd) is an executive non-departmental public body established under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005. Bòrd na Gàidhlig works to promote Gaelic in partnership with the Scottish Government, local authorities, public bodies, delivery partners and communities. The Bòrd’s vision is that Gaelic is seen and heard on a daily basis across Scotland, such that it is widely recognised as an integral part of Scottish life and as a national cultural and economic asset.
For more information visit www.gaidhlig.scot
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has played a key role in the development of Gaelic and traditional music in the media, with many students going on to pursue careers in the industry, both in front of and behind the camera. Set in a stunning location on the Isle of Skye, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is the only college in the world to offer degree courses taught exclusively through the medium of Scottish Gaelic. From foundation apprenticeships and undergraduate degrees, to postgraduate masters and PhDs, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig delivers a variety of courses on campus and through distance learning. Disciplines include Gaelic language, development, culture, literature, history, music, media, and education. Students studying on campus have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a living and working Gaelic community where the language and culture are central to the ethos and day-to-day life of staff and students alike.
As the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is also a hub for traditional music and dance, with a wide array of performances and events throughout the year. The college offer a programme five-day short courses during the Spring and Summer, which are attended by people of all ages from all over the world, and which coincides with Fèis and Eilein, organised by Seall.
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is a modern, innovative institution and has excellent learning resources including an exceptional library collection; residential student accommodation; gym facilities; music/dance/drama rehearsal and performance spaces; as well as broadcast and recording studios. The college’s activities are greatly enhanced by co-operative links within the wider Gaelic community and the campus is home to a number of creative and cultural projects such as Tobar an Dualchais, Faclair na Gàidhlig, Skye Space Studio and multimedia and design company, Cànan. Sabhal Mòr Ostaig also plays a leading role in the promotion of Gaelic arts and culture and hosts a programme of residencies for artists in music, literature, and the visual arts.
More information about short courses, distance learning, full-time courses and events can be found here: www.smo.uhi.ac.uk
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