The Scottish music scene is a creative hive of music making, design, film making, photography, cookery and more. The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards highlight the musicians and organisations and Hands Up for Trad’s new fringe sister awards – The FRADS – aim to highlight and give recognition to the designers, film makers, producers and more who our scene cannot do without.
If you’d like to be in Perth for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards on 1st of December, you can still buy tickets and read about the nominees at www.scotstradmusicawards.com. A great night of glam, glitz, awards and fabulous music from the likes of Croft No.5, Mànran, Karine Polwart Trio, Kinnaris Quintet, Gordon Duncan Experience and many others.
The inaugural 2018 FRAD Awards were hosted at the beautiful and brand new Wester Rum distillery, the first rum distillery to open in Glasgow for 300 years. If you are looking for great Christmas present ideas, check them out at www.westerspirit.com.
The 2018 categories and winners.
TRAD ALBUM COVER OF THE YEAR
Daimh’s The Rough Bounds designed by FatherOfSchmo Somhairle MacDonald
Findlay Napier’s Glasgow, designed by Martin Rowsell, at Simply Marvellous Creative
The Morning Tempest by Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente designed by FatherOfSchmo Somhairle MacDonald
Punch by The Poozies designed by Sarah McFadyen.
Winner: The Morning Tempest by Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente designed by FatherOfSchmo Somhairle MacDonald
TRAD PROMO PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR
Ross Ainslie. Photograph by Alister Sinclair
Adam Sutherland. Photograph by Somhairle MacDonald
Kim Carnie. Photograph by Louise Bichan
Hannah Rarity, Photograph by Elly Lucas
Winner: Kim Carnie. Photograph by Louise Bichan
BEST TRAD USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
TRAD ACCESSORY OF THE YEAR
Julie Fowlis’ stunning feather headdress from her Alterum album cover. It was made by Brora’s Craig Mackay with barn owl feathers.
TRAD COOK OF THE YEAR
Accordion player Phil Cunningham
Fiddler Aly Bain
Piper Ross Ainslie
Fiddler Anna Wendy Stevenson
Winner: Ross Ainslie
MOST INNOVATIVE TRAD PERFORMANCE
Bothy Culture and Beyond, Celtic Connections
Nae Plans – performance at Loch Laggan, the largest freshwater beach in the UK
Òrain nan Gàidheal: Songs of the Gael, Celtic Connections
Winner: Bothy Culture and Beyond, Celtic Connections
MOST ISLANDS GIGGED THIS YEAR
Winner: Beinn Lee with 13 Scottish Islands
TRAD MUSIC PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Andrea Gobbi
MUSICIANS’ AIRLINE OF THE YEAR
TRAD VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Duan an Fhògarraic by Gillebride MacMillan directed by Nuno Mendoza and Tiago Moura
VIRR by Heisk directed by Hamish MacLeod
Take My Hand by Skerryvore directed by Dol Eoin MacKinnon
Aye Chiki Chiki by Dallahan directed by Samuel Hurt
Winner: VIRR by Heisk directed by Hamish MacLeod
Congratulations to all our FRAD Award Winners and thanks to the Wester Spirits Company for having us in their brand new distillery. Remember that you can still buy tickets for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards www.scotstradmusicawards.com