So thank you for the mu­sic: Su­per­stars hailed at awards

An­nie and SuBo saluted at char­ity’s cer­e­mony

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS - Rus­sell Black­stock [email protected]

Singers An­nie Len­nox and Su­san Boyle were hailed at the star-stud­ded Scot­tish Mu­sic Awards last night.

The awards, dubbed the Tar­tan Clefs, are staged aid of the Nord­off Rob­bins Mu­sic Ther­apy char­ity and other win­ners in­cluded rock­ers Snow Pa­trol and Mark Knopfler.

An­nie and Su­san were given Hall of Fame awards, while for­mer Dire Straits front­man Mark was pre­sented with the Liv­ing Le­gend Award.

In a spe­cially recorded video mes­sage, An­nie said: “I just wanted to say thank you so much for giv­ing me this very spe­cial award. I’m very, very sorry that I can’t join you tonight, but I’m there with you in spirit.

“I’m so proud of the work that Nord­off Rob­bins does and all I can say to you is thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Sun­day Post colum­nist Don­ald MacLeod, chair­man of Nord­off Rob­bins Scot­land’s events com­mit­tee, said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was thrilled to recog­nise Black­burn star Su­san Boyle who is poised for a glit­ter­ing TV come­back.

She is tak­ing on Paul Potts and 48 other acts in an Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent spin-off and will bat­tle for the ti­tle of Cham­pion of Si­mon Cow­ell’s Got Tal­ent fran­chise in Jan­uary.

Don­ald said: “Su­san Boyle is a fan­tas­tic suc­cess story and it is great that as a vul­ner­a­ble per­son her­self, she gives such great on-go­ing sup­port to our char­ity.

“Su­san’s achieve­ments on the global stage have not been recog­nised enough.

“She has sold mil­lions of records world­wide and we were de­lighted to wel­come her into our Hall of Fame.”

On the night, Snow Pa­trol were named Artist of the Year and the Tick­et­mas­ter Tour­mas­ter Award went to co­me­dian Kevin Bridges.

Snow Pa­trol front­man Gary Light­body said: “Nord­off Rob­bins is such an im­por­tant char­ity.

“It’s what they do for kids and peo­ple who don’t have ac­cess to mu­sic in their lives, and many other things of course.

“We were very lucky grow­ing up, all of us in the band had ac­cess to mu­sic and art in our lives from a young age.

“The schools that we went to and our par­ents were very en­cour­ag­ing about mu­sic – even though my mum did tell me to keep it down a lot!

“I had ac­cess to in­stru­ments and was very free and able to play from a very young age so it’s a very, very im­por­tant cause.”

In­die band Fright­ened Rab­bit won the cov­eted Song Writ­ing Award, spon­sored by leg­endary Glas­gow mu­sic venue King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. The band was re­cently dev­as­tated by the death of front­man Scott Hutchi­son who died, aged 36, in May fol­low­ing a bat­tle with de­pres­sion.

Ge­off El­lis, chief ex­ec­u­tive of DF Con­certs said: “King Tut’s is recog­nised as a launch pad for many artists and as far as Scot­land goes, it’s a venue that most bands start off in.”

Nord­off Rob­bins is such an im­por­tant char­ity. It’s what they do for kids and peo­ple who don’t have ac­cess to mu­sic in their lives – Gary Light­body

An­nie Len­nox was de­lighted to be hon­oured with a Hall of Fame award

Su­san Boyle – an in­spi­ra­tion

Snow Pa­trol’s Gary Light­body

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