The most prestigious awards ceremony in the traditional music calendar, the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, are returning for their 12th consecutive year and bringing the party to Inverness on Saturday 13 December.
After weeks of anticipation and thousands of nominations from the public, the shortlist for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards has been unveiled – honouring Scotland’s best traditional musicians, with some of the biggest names nominated across 16 categories.
The glamorous awards will take place at Inverness Leisure on Saturday 13th December, with tickets available via Eden Court Theatre (www.eden-court.co.uk) or by calling the box office on 01463 234 234.
The public have until Friday 28th November to cast their vote for who they want to see win in each category, including Event of the Year, Album of the Year, Composer of the Year and Instrumentalist of the Year, by logging online at www.scotstradmusicawards.com/voting. Winners from each category will be the artist who receives an equal combination of the most industry and fan votes.
Throughout their 12-year history, the awards have continued to showcase the best of Scottish traditional musicians and bands.
Amongst the names to watch this year is Robyn Stapleton, one of the nominees for Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year, who gave a beautiful performance at The Commonwealth Games this year, singing the specially commissioned song “Here’s To All Our Common Wealth” as part of the Big Song Relay. Stapleton is also the winner of the 2014 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Music Award.
There are also a number of prominent nominees in this year’s Gaelic Singer of the Year category, including Angus MacLeod and Mischa Macpherson. Macpherson’s folk trio were among the hottest offerings at this year’s ever-popular Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival. Folk group Barluath, nominated in the Up and Coming Artist of the Year category, will join Mischa Macpherson in showing that trad music is increasingly popular with younger generations.
Skerryvore, Skipinnish, Peatbog Faeries and Gavin Marwick’s Journeyman Spectacular will battle it out for the coveted Live Act of the Year award, while Julie Fowlis and Scott Wood Band are amongst the Folk Band of the Year nominees this year.
Event founder and promoter Simon Thoumire says:“We are thrilled to bring the Scots Trad Awards to Inverness to celebrate our 12th year. As a city, Inverness has a great music scene and having just recently hosted The Royal National Mod, we know there is a wealth of support for trad music in the area. This year’s nominees are of such a high calibre and really showcase the burgeoning talent we have in the Scotland’s traditional music scene. We’d like to thank MG ALBA for their continued support of the awards and to Inverness for welcoming us with open arms. We are excited to make this year our biggest and best year yet, so make sure you get your ticket and join in the celebrations on Saturday 13 December.”
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The full shortlist for this year’s MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards:
Album of the Year – Sponsored by Birnam CD
Live at Celtic Connections (Duncan Chisholm)
Heirs and Graces (Adam Holmes)
The Brightest Path (Patsy Reid)
Echoes (Emily Smith)
Club of the Year – Sponsored by Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS)
Community Project of the Year – Sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust
Composer of the Year – Sponsored by PRS for Music
Event of the Year – Sponsored by VisitScotland
Gaelic Singer of the Year – Sponsored by Macmeanmna
Trad Music in the Media Award – Sponsored by Skipinnish
Instrumentalist of the Year – Sponsored by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
Live Act of the Year – Sponsored by Greentrax
Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year – Sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland
Scottish Dance Band of the Year – Sponsored by the National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs
Scottish Folk Band of the Year – Sponsored by Threads of Sound
Pipe Band of the Year – Sponsored by The National Piping Centre
Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band
West Lothian Schools Pipe Band
Up and Coming Artist of the Year – Sponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Music Tutor of the Year – Sponsored by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative
Venue of the Year Award