Nominations open and Tickets are on sale this Monday 3rd October for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2022, as organisers Hands Up for Trad announce the live awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 4thDecember 2022 in Dundee’s Caird Hall in the heart of Scotland.
The popular annual Awards is set to celebrate for its first full sized event post lockdown for its 20th anniversary with a spectacular once-in-a-generation night to remember, including the Youth Music Initiative which also celebrates its 20thanniversary.
Broadcast in partnership with headline sponsor MG ALBA on BBC ALBA, the awards ceremony will feature live performances from Elephant Sessions, FARA, Trip, the Eryn Rae Trio (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award Winner 2022), the Gordon Shand Scottish Dance Band, The Auldeners, St Roch’s Irish Ministrels and Tayside Young Fiddlers, plus a Tribute to James Alexander, Fochabers fiddle teacher and performer, from his former pupils.
Everyone can nominate their favourites to win the prestigious Awards via the website and links on social media between Tuesday October 4th and Sunday 16th October 2022, which usually generates over 100,000 public votes.
Organiser and Awards Founder Simon Thoumire of Hands Up For Trad said, “It’s going to be an incredible evening, with so much live music and I’m so grateful to all the bands and sponsors for getting involved to help us celebrate our 20th anniversary year, and excited to see who the public vote for. With over 20 Awards this is a night not to be missed!”
The 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.
Tickets and Nominations are online NOW at www.scotstradmusicawards.com
The shortlisted Nominees will be announced ready for Public Voting from Monday 31st October to Sunday 13thNovember.
This year’s twenty-two Awards are:
- Club of The Year, sponsored by the Fraser Shaw Trust
- Event of the Year, sponsored by VisitScotland
- Venue of the Year
- Live Act of the Year, sponsored by Greentrax Recordings
- Music Tutor of the Year, sponsored by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative
- Gaelic Singer of the Year, sponsored by The Highland Society of London
- Album of The Year, sponsored by Birnam CD
- Scottish Folk Band of the Year, sponsored by Threads of Sound
- Scottish Pipe Band of the Year, sponsored by the National Piping Centre
- Up & Coming artist of the Year, sponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
- Community Music Project of the Year
- Scottish Dance Band of the Year, sponsored by the National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs
- Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year, sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA)
- Trad Video of the Year
- Composer of the Year, sponsored by PRS for Music
- Services to Gaelic, sponsored by Bòrd na Gàidhlig
- Original Work of the Year, sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust
- Trad Music in the Media
- Musician of the Year, sponsored by the University of the Highlands and Islands
- The Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music Awards, sponsored by Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS)
- The Janet Paisley Services to Scots Language, sponsored by Creative Scotland
- The Hands Up for Trad Production Awards
This year the annual Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame is sponsored by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.
The Fraser Shaw Trust, sponsoring the Club of the Year Award, was started after Fraser’s passing from Multiple Sclerosis in May 2015, by a group of friends and family in his honour. Fraser Shaw was a brilliant piper, whistle player and composer from Glasgow. He had started playing the pipes at the age of 6, and at 16 moved to the Isle of Skye to study at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. The foremost aim of the Fraser Shaw Trust is to raise money for the relief of multiple sclerosis, particularly in Argyll, Scotland, through a series of projects and events celebrating Fraser and his music. The first project was to release his much anticipated Tunebook, along with an album comprised of his music. Proceeds of the Tunebook go directly towards the MS Care Centre in Lochilphead. Proceeds of the album are used for the advancement of education, arts and culture and for the relief of those living with multiple sclerosis in Scotland, particularly on the Isle of Islay.
Read more www.frasershawtrust.com/about/
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 arts, language, culture and music through information, advocacy and education to artists, participants and audiences.
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Notes to Editors:
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.
MG ALBA is the operating name of Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig (Gaelic Media Service). MG ALBA works in partnership with the BBC to deliver BBC ALBA. Find out more about MG ALBA and the partnership at www.mgalba.com or visit www.bbcalba.co.uk for scheduling and programme information.
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.