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Voting opens in annual awards recognising excellence in Scotland's traditional music culture

By Val Sweeney

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Bruce MacGregor, of MacGregor's Bar in Inverness which is among the nominations in the awards.
Bruce MacGregor, of MacGregor's Bar in Inverness which is among the nominations in the awards.

Voting has opened for nominees in the annual MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards which recognise excellence within Scotland's traditional musical culture.

They include MacGregor’s Live at Five – livestreamed music sessions from MacGregor's bar in Academy Street, Inverness – which is among those nominated for the Community Music Project of the Year.

Other nominations in the 12 categories include Duncan Chisholm’s Covid Ceilidh for Online Performance of 2020, Anna Massie - Black Isle Correspondent for Trad Music in the Media and Fèis Rois Adult Feis Weekend Online for Event of the Year Award.

The winners will announced on Na Trads 2020 to be broadcast on BBC Alba on 12th December 12 at 9pm. It will also feature specially recorded music performances.

Murdo MacSween, communications manager at MG Alba, said his organisation was proud to be be the title sponsor in what has been an especially testing year.

"We’ve seen fantastic collaborations and innovation - all reaching audiences in ever unique and inspiring ways," he said.

"These awards give us an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the creative pioneers and incredible wealth of talent we have in Scotland, and we’re delighted to be able to join with Hands Up for Trad to enable this once more."

Encompassing all aspects of making and playing from composing, Gaelic song, folk and Scottish dance music to pipe bands and a host of others in between, each year sees a lively and enthusiastic crowd enjoying some of the biggest names as the industry and audiences join to honour singers, instrumentalists, composers and songwriters, and this year sees the awards, in a different format broadcast on BBC Alba.

Margaret Cameron, commissioning editor and head of creative collaborations, said: "It was important to BBC Alba to keep faith with the event and to find a safe, innovative and engaging way to reflect on the incredible fortitude and creativity of the sector, both behind and in front of the camera."

The University of the Highlands and Islands said it was delighted to continue to support the Musician of the Year award, in what had been an incredibly challenging year for the musical and wider artistic community.

Anna-Wendy Stevenson, programme leader in the university's BA (Hons) Applied Music course, said: "It is more important than ever to celebrate the contribution and positive impact our musicians have on our wellbeing, culture, communities and economy.

"It has been incredible to witness the adaptability and resilience of many musicians, skillsets we actively impart to our students, and we value the role of this event MG Alba Scots Traditional Music Awards, in bringing together organisations across music in Scotland to support the development of and recognise the work and talent of our musicians."

The nominees are:

Music Tutor of the Year sponsored by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative:

Rua MacMillan

Rachel Hair

Josie Duncan

Lauren MacColl

Corrina Hewat

Laura Beth Salter

Louise Mackenzie

Gaelic Singer of the Year sponsored by The Highland Society of London:

Fionnag NicChoinnich (Fiona MacKenzie)

Joy Dunlop

Rachel Walker

Raymond Bremner

Album of The Year sponsored by Birnam CD:

All Is Not Forgotten by Siobhan Miller

Banjaxed by Ciaran Ryan

Bayview by Project Smoke

Eye of the Storm by Tide Lines

Light My Byre by Peat and Diesel

Shhh I’m on the phone by Innes Watson

Steall by Ewen Henderson

The Ledger by Gillian Frame, Findlay Napier and Mike Vass

The Roke by Ross Miller

The Woods by Hamish Napier

Up and Coming artist of the Year sponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland:

Benedict Morris

Rebecca Hill

Malin Lewis


Community Music Project of the Year sponsored by Greentrax Recordings:

Campbell’s Ceilidh

Tunes in the Hoose

MacGregor’s Live at Five

Hands Up for Trad Strathspey and Reel Society

Joy Dunlop’s Covid Choir

Carry On Streamin

Comhairle Cèilidhs (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar)

Event of the Year Award sponsored by VisitScotland:

365 stories + Music (Aidan O'Rourke and James Robertson)

Virtual Edinburgh International Harp Festival

Fèis Rois Adult Feis Weekend Online

Tional Gaelic Online Music Festival

BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 20th Anniversary Concert (Celtic Connections)

Coastal Connections (Celtic Connections)

Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA):

Siobhan Miller

Claire Hastings

Adam Holmes

Allan and Rosemary McMillan

Trad Video of the Year, sponsored by Threads of Sound

Erica’s by Balter

Calum Dan's Transit Van by Peat and Diesel

Deep Dark Beast by Twelfth Day

Moorlough Shore by ELIR

Ceòl Mòr Style by Calum MacCrimmon

Taste the Rain by Tide Lines Choir

Online Performance of 2020 sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust:

Sandy on Sunday Show (Sandy Brechin)

Live from The Lounge with Paul Anderson and Shona Donaldson

Pete Clark from the shed

Tide Lines Virtual World Tour

Skerryvore Live Across The World

Duncan Chisholm’s Covid Ceilidh

Lomond Ceilidh Band’s The Daily Ceilidh

Original Work of the Year sponsored by PRS for Music:

'The Woods by Hamish Napier'

Everyday Hero by Skerryvore

Graham Rorie - The Orcadians of Hudson Bay

Rachel Newton - To the Awe

Camhanaich (Dawn) by Mhairi Hall

Trad Music in the Media sponsored by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig:

Marie Martin - Box and Fiddle Magazine

Ewan Galloway and Derek Hamilton - RadioGH

Fiona McNeill - Celtic & Folk Fusions Radio Show

Sruth na Maoile (BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta)

Anna Massie - Black Isle Correspondent

Musician of the Year sponsored by the University of the Highlands and Islands:

Tim Edey

Peter Wood

Anna Massie

Jenn Butterworth

Ailie Robertson

John Carmichael

To vote, go to projects.handsupfortrad.scot/scotstradmusicawards

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