Nom­i­na­tions are in for Scots Trad Mu­sic Awards

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

Short­listed nom­i­na­tions for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Mu­sic Awards 2017 wewere an­nounced on Tues­day Novem­ber 7.

Her­alded as the most pres­ti­gious awards cer­e­mony in the tra­di­tional mu­sic cal­en­dar, the win­ners will be re­vealed dur­ing a glitzy cer­e­mony on Satur­day De­cem­ber 2, at La­goon Cen­tre in Pais­ley, which is bid­ding to be the UK City of Cul­ture 2021.

Or­gan­is­ing body Hands Up for Trad un­veiled the short­list via Face­book live, and will hand out a to­tal of 16 awards to the best trad tal­ent through­out Scot­land.

Vot­ing for the short­listed acts will be open un­til Novem­ber 24 and votes can be cast on­line via www. scot­strad­mu­si­cawards. com.

The night will be jam-packed with live per­for­mances from The Shee Big Band, who are rop­ing in hon­orary Shees from through­out their 11 years to join them on stage, as well as per­for­mances from nom­i­nees Ele­phant Ses­sions and Siobhan Miller. Tick­ets are avail­able now, and can be pur­chased by call­ing 0300 300 1210 or vis­it­ing http://www. pais­ley2021.co.uk/ events/ or di­rectly from Pais­ley Arts Cen­tre.

The Al­bum of the Year (spon­sored by Bir­nam CD) is one of the most sought-af­ter awards and com­pe­ti­tion is stiff this year, with 10 nom­i­nees all vy­ing for the top spot in­clud­ing Ele­phant Ses­sions, Màn­ran and Ímar, along­side Ryan Young who last year won the Up and Com­ing Artist.

Oban Live and the Killin Mu­sic Fes­ti­val are among the nom­i­nees for the Event of the Year cat­e­gory (spon­sored by VisitS­cot­land), while Com­mu­nity Pro­ject of the Year (spon­sored by Gor­don Dun­can Me­mo­rial Trust) nods to Tiree Song­book and EPL Events, among oth­ers.

Tide Lines and Skip­in­nish are on the short­list for Live Act of the Year (spon­sored by Green­trax), and Gnoss, Hò-rò, Heron Val­ley, Inyal and Brighde Chaim­beul all com­pete for the Up and Com­ing Artist (spon­sored by the Royal Scot­tish Con­ser­va­toire) cat­e­gory.

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