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