Win­ners cel­e­brate trad awards


Hands up for Trad cel­e­brated Scot­land’s vi­brant tra­di­tional mu­sic scene on Fri­day with a stag­ger­ing 20 awards at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Mu­sic Awards.

Hosted by world-renowned Gaelic singer Mary Ann Kennedy and award-win­ning mu­si­cian Kim Carnie in Perth Con­cert Hall, the evening cham­pi­ons Scot­tish mu­sic, her­itage and tra­di­tion and guests were treated to out­stand­ing live sets from some of Scot­land’s most ex­cit­ing trad artists.

Màn­ran brought the crowd to their feet fol­lowed by artists in­clud­ing Han­nah Rar­ity, Gor­don Dun­can Ex­pe­ri­ence, David Kennedy Scot­tish Dance Band, Eab­hal, Iso­bel Anne Mar­tin and Mr Mcfall’s Cham­ber, Kin­naris, Gerda Steven­son, Karine Pol­wart Trio, Gaelic rap­per Gri­o­gair Labhruidh and Croft No Five.

The Bel­haven Bur­sary for In­no­va­tion in Scot­tish Mu­sic, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Show­case Scot­land Expo, sup­ports the win­ner to progress unique ideas and em­power cre­ation. Fi­nan­cially matched only by the Mer­cury Prize, the pres­ti­gious fund of £25,000 was awarded to Talisk.

Mar­tin Had­den, a mem­ber of in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Scots band Silly Wiz­ard and founder at Bir­nam CD, pre­sented the Al­bum of the Year Award to mu­si­cian Dun­can Chisholm for his al­bum Sand­wood. Chisholm also picked up the award for Com­poser of The Year. The Com­mu­nity Project of the Year went to Care for a Ceilidh, a scheme for Gaelic singers and tra­di­tional mu­si­cians who pro­vide short con­certs to res­i­dents of hos­pices and care homes.

Club of the Year went to Partick Folk Club to recog­nise its con­tri­bu­tion to the preser­va­tion and pro­gres­sion of tra­di­tional mu­sic.

Gaelic Singer of the Year was awarded to Eilidh Cor­mack, a tal­ented artist who is also a colum­nist, an au­dio ar­chiv­ist at the Dig­i­tal Archive of Scot­tish Gaelic and a tu­tor at Fèis­goil which de­liv­ers lan­guage, mu­sic, arts and cul­tural ser­vices to schools and com­mu­nity groups.

The Up and Com­ing Artist of The Year award ex­ists to dis­cover the next gen­er­a­tion of folk acts. The re­cip­i­ent was new folk trio Assynt.

Adding to their list of Trad Award ac­co­lades, neo-trad quin­tet Ele­phant Ses­sions picked up the award for Live Act of the Year.

The Citty Fin­layson Scots Singer of the Year, spon­sored by the Tra­di­tional Mu­sic and Song As­so­ci­a­tion, went to Iona Fyfe.

Folk Band of the Year went

to Gaelic su­per­group Daimh who won the same award in 2015.

The evening also in­cluded a num­ber of ex­clu­sive recog­ni­tions, in­clud­ing Ser­vices to Gaelic, where Scot­tish Celtic rock band Run­rig were praised.

The Hamish Hen­der­son Ser­vices to Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Award was pre­sented to Pete Shep­heard.

The evening con­tin­ued through to the early hours with the Bob Turner Ceilidh Band and The House of Song led by Doris Rougvie.

Hands Up for Trad’s cre­ative di­rec­tor Si­mon Thoumire said: ‘What an­other great year of Scot­tish trad mu­sic. There is so much vi­tal­ity in the scene right now and it is only get­ting stronger. Roll on 2019.’

Iseabail Mactag­gart, MG ALBA’s di­rec­tor of strat­egy and part­ner­ship, said: ‘The rich­ness and in­no­va­tion of Scot­land’s tra­di­tional mu­sic scene is won­der­fully rep­re­sented by each of these win­ners. We at MG ALBA are proud of the part­ner­ship with Hands up for Trad. These awards recog­nise all of Scot­land’s rich cul­tural ta­pes­try, with Gaelic and Scots and all of Scot­land’s di­verse mu­si­cal tra­di­tions so su­perbly rep­re­sented. We con­grat­u­late all the win­ners. The broad­cast of this event, and its stream­ing world­wide, and the pro­file that gives to Scot­land’s world-class ta­lent is some­thing we are proud to sup­port.’

Alan Mor­ri­son, head of mu­sic at Cre­ative Scot­land, said: ‘Scot­land’s mu­sic flows from com­mu­nity folk clubs to the big­gest in­ter­na­tional stages, passed on from artists who have car­ried our tra­di­tions for decades to chil­dren who have picked up an in­stru­ment for the first time.

‘All of this is cel­e­brated at the MG Alba Scots Trad Mu­sic Awards, with ev­ery nom­i­nee play­ing their part. Con­grat­u­la­tions to every­one who made the list, es­pe­cially, to those who emerged as 2018’s win­ners.

‘It’s re­ally great to know that in the year Run­rig brought their pi­o­neer­ing ca­reer to a close, the likes of Talisk,

Iona Fyfe, Ele­phant Ses­sions, Eilidh Cor­mack and Assynt are primed and ready to carry Scot­land’s tra­di­tional mu­sic her­itage into the fu­ture.’

Gor­don Muir, mar­ket­ing con­troller for Bel­haven Brew­ery, said: ‘We are de­lighted to un­veil Talisk as the sec­ond re­cip­i­ents of the Bel­haven Bur­sary for In­no­va­tion in Scot­tish Mu­sic.

‘The en­ergy and chang­ing moods of their mu­sic and their con­nec­tion with their au­di­ences made them the stand-out act in a short­list full of tal­ented artists, each of whom takes the won­der­ful spirit of tra­di­tional Scot­tish mu­sic and takes it for­ward in new ways.

‘We very much look for­ward to work­ing with Talisk on an ex­cit­ing bur­sary pro­gramme which starts in May, in­clud­ing ap­ply­ing their cre­ativ­ity to co-in­vent­ing a cel­e­bra­tory beer and of course con­certs in­clud­ing the Post Pa­rade Party at New York Tar­tan Week.’

Other win­ners in­cluded: Event of the Year Spon­sored by VisitS­cot­land – Far Far from Ypres

Gaelic Singer of the Year Spon­sored by Macmean­mna – Eilidh Cor­mack

In­stru­men­tal­ist of the Year Spon­sored by Royal Scot­tish Coun­try Dance So­ci­ety – Calum Ste­wart

Scot­tish Dance Band of the Year Spon­sored by Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ac­cor­dion and Fid­dle Clubs – Su­san MacFadyen

Scot­tish Pipe Band of the Year – In­ver­aray and District Pipe Band

Trad Mu­sic in the Me­dia Spon­sored by Skip­in­nish – Pipe­line, BBC Ra­dio Scot­land

Mu­sic Tu­tor of the Year Spon­sored by Cre­ative Scot­land’s Youth Mu­sic Ini­tia­tive – Anna Wendy Steven­son

Venue of the Year Award Spon­sored by Mu­si­cians’ Union – Dry­gate Brew­ery, Glas­gow

The Hamish Hen­der­son Ser­vices to Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Award spon­sored by Fèisean nan Gàid­heal – Pete Shep­heard

Ser­vices to Scots Lan­guage Spon­sored by Scots Ra­dio – Janet Pais­ley

The Bel­haven Bur­sary for In­no­va­tion in Scot­tish Mu­sic went to Talisk.

Dun­can Chisholm with his Al­bum of the Year Award. Dun­can also won Com­poser of the Year.

Left: Daniel McDer­mott and Gus Si­card of In­ver­aray and District Pipe Band with the Scot­tish Pipe Band of the Year Award.

Gaelic Singer of the Year Eilidh Cor­mack.

Ian McCal­man with the Event of the year Award for Far Far from Ypres.

David Stark of Dry­gate Brew­ery, Glas­gow, which was voted Venue of the Year.

Don­nie MacLeod of Care for a Ceilidh with the award for Com­mu­nity Project of the Year.

Anna Wendy Steven­son, Mu­sic Tu­tor of the Year.

Citty Fin­layson, Scots Singer of the Year.

Ele­phant Ses­sions, Live Act of the Year.

Right: The Trad Mu­sic in the Me­dia award was pre­sented to Gary West of BBC Ra­dio Scot­land’s Pipe­line.

Su­san MacFay­den and Shona McFadyen with the Scot­tish Dance Band of the Year award.

Pete Shep­heard won the Hamish Hen­der­son Ser­vices to Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Award.

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