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.