NOMINATIONS have been un­veiled for the 2016 MG Alba Scots Trad Mu­sic Awards

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

The win­ners will be an­nounced on Satur­day December 3 at the Caird Hall in Dundee.

Hailed as the most pres­ti­gious cer­e­mony in the tra­di­tional mu­sic cal­en­dar, or­gan­is­ers Hands Up for Trad will hand out 16 awards to the best Scot­tish trad tal­ent.

This year’s cer­e­mony will see some of the big­gest names in Scot­tish tra­di­tional mu­sic per­form, in­clud­ing the Scott Wood Band, Songs of Sepa­ra­tion and Mohsen Amini - who was crowned BBC Ra­dio Scot­land’s Young Tra­di­tional Mu­si­cian 2016 – and many more.

The al­bum of the year, spon­sored by Bir­nam CD, is ar­guably one of the most sought-af­ter awards and com­pe­ti­tion is stiff this year, with the award be­ing con­tested by 10 nom­i­nees, in­clud­ing Hamish Napier, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hut­ton, Jar­lath Hen­de­son and Dal­la­han.

Pip­ing Live is up against Orkney Folk Fes­ti­val in the event of the year cat­e­gory, spon­sored by VisitS­cot­land, along­side Pulse and Hamish fea­ture film.

Blazin’ Fid­dles, Ele­phant Ses­sions, Màn­ran, Nite­works, Sk­er­ryvore and Treach­er­ous Orches­tra make up the live act of the year short­list, spon­sored by Green­trax. And Dosca, Top Floor Taivers, Ryan Young, and Tan­nara are short­listed for up and com­ing artist of the year cat­e­gory, spon­sored by the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land.

Vot­ing for the short­listed acts will be open un­til Fri­day Novem­ber 18. Votes can be cast at https://projects. hand­sup­for­trad. scot / scot st rad mu­sic awards/ vot­ing.

Event founder and pro­moter Simon Thoumire, said: ‘ We want to say a huge thanks to ev­ery­one who has voted and we’d like to con­grat­u­late all the short­listed nom­i­nees. Hands Up for Trad are ded­i­cated to show­cas­ing the amaz­ing trad tal­ent in Scot­land and we’re look­ing for­ward to the cer­e­mony and an un­miss­able night of live mu­sic on Satur­day December 3.’

Iseabail Mac­tag­gart, MG Alba’s di­rec­tor of devel­op­ment and part­ner­ships, said: ‘ We’re de­lighted to see such ex­cit­ing short­lists and proud that MG Alba is as­so­ci­ated with, and nur­tur­ing, such an in­no­va­tive, in­spir­ing sec­tor, and that BBC Alba gives them the plat­form they de­serve.’

Tick­ets for the awards cer­e­mony are avail­able from 01382 434940 or www.dun­dee­box.co.uk.

The full list is as fol­lows.

Al­bum of the year: Abyss by Talisk, As­tar by Bre­abach, Brighter Still by Adam Holmes and The Em­bers, Hearts Bro­ken, Heads Turned by Jar­lath Hen­der­son, Hello, Good­bye by John McCusker, Mat­ter of Time by Dal­la­han, Songs of Sepa­ra­tion by Songs of Sepa­ra­tion, Sym­bio­sis by Ross Ainslie and Ali Hut­ton, The He­bridean Ses­sions by Daimh, The River by Hamish Napier.

Club of the year: Stone­haven Folk Club, Dundee Acous­tic Mu­sic Club, Rolling Hills Folk Club, Mauch­lin Ac­cor­dion and Fid­dle Club. Com­poser of the year: Gra­ham MacKen­zie, Hamish Napier, Kris Dr­ever, Free­land Bar­bour, Mairearad Green, Joe Arm­strong.

Com­mu­nity project of the

year: Mer­lin Academy of Tra­di­tional Mu­sic, Feis Rois Life Long Learn­ing Project, Fuaran - Fèisean nan Gàid­heal, Friends of Wighton.

Event of the year: Pip­ing Live, Orkney Folk Fes­ti­val, Pulse, Hamish Fea­ture Film. Gaelic singer of the year: Ellen MacDon­ald, Calum Ross, Joy Dun­lop, Kaela Rowan. In­stru­men­tal­ist of the Year: Tony McManus, Innes White, Mohsen Amini, Rachel New­ton, Craig Pa­ton.

Live act of the year: Blazin' Fid­dles, Ele­phant Ses­sions, Màn­ran, Nite­works, Sk­er­ryvore, Treach­er­ous Orches­tra.

Citty Fin­layson Scots

singer of the year: Simon Gall, Lori Wat­son, Hec­tor Rid­dell, Shona Don­ald­son.

Scot­tish dance band of

the year: Trail West, Six­ties Bairns, Peter Wood Shet­land Dance Band, Lomond Ceilidh Band. Folk band of the year: Rura, Rant, Bar­lu­ath, Bre­abach. Scot­tish pipe band of the year: North La­nark­shire Schools Pipe Band, Po­lice Scot­land Fife Pipe Band, John­stone Pipe Band, Stir­ling and District Schools Pipe Band. Trad mu­sic in the me­dia: Scots Ra­dio Pod­cast, Take the Floor, fRoots, Fresh Folk. Mu­sic tu­tor of the year: Jim Hunter, Simon Chad­wick, Daniel Thorpe, Mhairi Mar­wick, Lynsey Tait, Rachel Hair. Up and com­ing artist of the year: Dosca, Top Floor Taivers, Ryan Young, Tan­nara.

Venue of the year: The Cat Strand; The Reel, Orkney; The Glad Café; Drouthy Cob­bler, El­gin.

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