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4 November 2019

MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards Announce Nominee Shortlist for 2019

Skerryvore (pictured above) will perform live at MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards

Hands Up for Trad, organising body of MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, has announced the artists and bands shortlisted for 2019’s prestigious awards, with voting opening 10am on Monday 4th November.

A staple in the traditional music calendar, the ceremony will this year take place in Aberdeen Music Hall on Saturday 7th December at 7pm and with tickets flying fast the awards will be broadcast live on BBC ALBA and streamed worldwide at bbc.co.uk/alba.

Presented by Mary Ann Kennedy and Kim Carnie, the high impact evening of awards decided by industry experts will include exciting live music performances by Skerryvore, the current BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the year, Benedict Morris, Heisk, Aberdeenshire Youth Band, Kris Drever, Sian and Robyn Stapleton.

Also punctuating the renowned annual Awards ceremony which famously has the audience up on its feet will be Session A9, Mairi Campbell and the Pendulum Band (of Sex and the City’s Auld Lang Syne fame), and Susan MacFadyen Scottish Dance Band.

Event founder and promoter, Simon Thoumire, said: “As always, the Trad Awards amaze me. It shows the strength of the scene, breadth of talent and sheer scale of the industry. We are really excited to announce two new awards this year, each with important recognition; The Trad Video of The Year and Musician of The Year.”

Among the seventeen Awards up for grabs is the mighty Belhaven Bursary for Innovation. The largest cash prize in Scottish music, financially matched only by the Mercury Prize, it rewards innovative musicians with a career-changing investment of £25,000 to support the winning act to progress unique ideas and empower creation. Previous winners were Elephant Sessions in 2017, and Talisk in 2018. On top of this, the award is also accompanied by the brewing of a collaboration ale with the winner’s name, alongside an appearance at the legendary Belhaven Brewery Post Parade Party in New York during Tartan Week. The Belhaven fund is supported by Showcase Scotland Expo, an organisation backing the international development of Scottish-based artists, in association with Creative Scotland, and the bursary is awarded to bands or artists chosen through a panel of industry experts.

Tickets are priced £25 (+ Booking Fee), and Concessions are available via Aberdeen Music Hall Box Office on 01224 641122, or visit their website.

Communications Manager for MG ALBA, Murdo MacSween, said: “It’s a really exciting time for trad music in Scotland and MG ALBA are delighted to support this world-class talent. These acts are all fantastic ambassadors for Scotland, our indigenous languages and our strong cultural identities and it’s fantastic that we can champion them like this.”

Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland said: “I never cease to be amazed by the sheer breadth of talent in every category of the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. These are the people who keep Scotland’s musical heritage alive at a grassroots level by kindling the community spirit, the people who put Scotland on the global map by taking our most distinctive music out around the world. Creative Scotland is proud to sponsor the Music Tutor of the Year Award on behalf of the Youth Music Initiative – there’s nothing more exciting than passing our traditions on to the next generation and seeing how they make our age-old music their own.”

Gordon Muir, Marketing Controller at Belhaven Brewery said: “Belhaven are delighted to be supporting the Scottish traditional music scene with the third edition of the Belhaven Bursary. This scene is full of exciting talent and we’re thrilled to be able to help encourage its continued innovation through this prize, which will give another great act a chance to grow their profile and invest in taking new creative risks. The standard of artists on the shortlist is outstanding and we’re really looking forward to working with the winners over the year ahead.”

Stuart Fleming, PRS for Music Senior Membership Manager, Scotland & Northern Ireland, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards once again. In particular, it’s fantastic that four of our most exciting female composers have been shortlisted for the PRS for Music Composer of the Year Award and I wish them all the best of luck”.

The Shortlist is:

Album of the Year sponsored by Birnam CD

  • 1. Beyond, by Talisk
  • 2. Drawn From Deep Water, by Gnoss
  • 3. Free One, by Kinnaris Quintet
  • 4. Frenzy of the Meeting, by Breabach
  • 5. Laws Of Motion, by Karine Polwart, Steven Polwart & Inge Thomson
  • 6. Mercury, by Siobhan Miller
  • 7. Neath the Gloaming Star, by Hannah Rarity
  • 8. Steer By The Stars, by Skipinnish
  • 9. The Reeling, by Brìghde Chaimbeul
  • 10. What Makes You, by Elephant Sessions

Belhaven Bursary for Innovation

  • 1. Breabach
  • 2. Kinnaris Quintet
  • 3. Lau
  • 4. Niteworks
  • 5. Ross Ainslie
  • 6. Rura
  • 7. Karine Polwart
  • 8. Project Smok
  • 9. Fara
  • 10. Treacherous Orchestra

Club of the Year, sponsored by Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS)

  • 1. Largs Folk Nights
  • 2. Sutherland Sessions
  • 3. Button and Bows Accordion and Fiddle club
  • 4. Montrose Folk Club

Composer of the Year, sponsored by PRS for Music

  • 1. Catriona Hawksworth
  • 2. Hayley Keenan
  • 3. Jenna Reid
  • 4. Mischa MacPherson

Community Project of the Year

  • 1. Blazin’ in Beauly
  • 2. Kin in the community
  • 3. SEALL Festival of Small Halls held on Skye last November.
  • 4. Bogha Frois

Event of the Year, sponsored by VisitScotland

  • 1. Scotland at Lorient - Fèis Rois
  • 2. Tiree Music Festival
  • 3. Alba Choir at Eurovision
  • 4. Under Canvas in partnership with Eden Court

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

  • 1. Brian O’Headra
  • 2. Ceitlin Lilidh
  • 3. Kim Carnie
  • 4. Mary Ann Kennedy

Musician of the Year, sponsored by The University of the Highlands and Islands

  • 1. Adam Sutherland
  • 2. Jenn Butterworth
  • 3. Paul Anderson
  • 4. Ross B Wilson
  • 5. Signy Jakobsdottir
  • 6. Tom Oakes

Live Act of the Year, sponsored by Greentrax Recordings

  • 1. Peat and Diesel
  • 2. Rura
  • 3. Talisk
  • 4. Fara
  • 5. The Outside Track

Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year, sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association Award

  • 1. Amy Papiransky
  • 2. Dougie Mackenzie
  • 3. Steve Byrne
  • 4. Fiona Ross

Scottish Dance Band of the Year, sponsored by National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs

  • 1. The Cruickshank Family Band
  • 2. Ewan Galloway Scottish Dance Band
  • 3. Gary Sutherland Scottish Dance Band
  • 4. Scott Band Scottish Dance Band

Scottish Folk Band of the Year, sponsored by Threads of Sound

  • 1. Blazin Fiddles
  • 2. Dallahan
  • 3. Iona Fyfe Trio
  • 4. Tannahill Weavers

Scottish Pipe Band of the Year, sponsored by the Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust

  • 1. Renfrewshire Schools Pipe Band
  • 2. Inverary and District Pipe Band
  • 3. Closkelt Pipe Band
  • 4. Dollar Academy

Trad Video of the Year

  • 1. Fair Weather Beggar by Claire Hastings
  • 2. Heroes – Tide Lines
  • 3. Hope in the Chaos by Ross Ainslie and Malcolm Jones
  • 4. Playlist East West by Shooglenifty featuring Tanxugueiras

Music Tutor of the Year, sponsored by Creative Scotland's Youth Music Initiative

  • 1. Claire Gullan
  • 2. Iain Ruari Finlayson, Skye Schools
  • 3. Ingrid Henderson
  • 4. Louise Hunter
  • 5. Sharon Hassan

Up and Coming Artist of the Year, sponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

  • 1. Calum Jones and the trad project
  • 2. Dlù
  • 3. Hecla
  • 4. Man of the Minch

Venue of the Year, sponsored by Musicians' Union

  • 1. An Tobar (Mull)
  • 2. Soundhouse at the Traverse (Edinburgh)
  • 3. St Margaret’s Braemar
  • 4. The String Cafe (Lerwick)

4 Samhain 2019

Duaisean Ceòl Traidiseanta Albannach MG ALBA - geàrr-liosta 2019 air fhoillseachadh

Skerryvore (pictured above) will perform live at MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards

Tha Hands Up for Trad, am buidheann a bhios a’ ruith Duaisean Ceòl Traidiseanta Albannach MG ALBA, air ainmeachadh na cluicheadairean, seinneadairean agus còmhlain airson duaisean 2019, le bhòtadh a’ tòiseachadh aig 10m air Diluain 4 Samhain.

Tachartas a tha aig cridhe a’ mhìosachan thraidiseanta, thèid na duaisean a chumail aig Aberdeen Music Hall air Disathairne 7 Dùbhlachd aig 7f, le tiocaidean a’ creic gu luath agus e air a chraoladh beò air BBC ALBA agus air-loidhne air feadh an t-saoghail aig bbc.co.uk/alba.

Air a lìbhrigeadh le Màiri Anna NicUalraig agus Kim Carnie, tha na duaisean cliùiteach air an co-dhùnadh le sàr-eòlaichean a’ ghnìomhachais agus làn ceòl bho Skerryvore, Benedict Morris a bhuannaich BBC Radio Scotland Neach-ciùil Traidiseanta Òg am bliadhna, Heisk, Aberdeenshire Youth Band, Kris Drever, Sian agus Robyn Stapleton.

Cuideachd air an àrd-ùrlar aig cuirm nan duaisean, bidh Session A9, Mairi Campbell agus The Pendulum Band (a rinn Auld Lang Syne gu h-ainmeil air Sex and the City), agus Susan MacFadyen Scottish Dance Band.

Thuirt Simon Thoumire, a stèidhich an tachartas, agus a tha ga chur air adhart: “Mar as àbhaist, the na Trads a’ cur iongnadh orm. Tha e a’ sealltainn cho làidir ’s a tha ar saoghal, an tàlant agus farsaingeachd a’ ghnìomhachais. Tha sinne air bhioran gus dà dhuais ùr ainmeachadh, an dà chuid ag aithneachadh rudan cudromach – Bhidio Trad na Bliadhna agus Ceòladair na Bliadhna.

Am measg nan seachd-deug dhuaisean tha am Belhaven Bursary. An duais is luachmhor ann an Alba, aig an aon ìre ris am Mercury Prize, tha e ag aithneachadh nuadhachais agus le £25,000 air fàire airson am buannaiche airson beachdan agus cruthachas a bhrosnachadh. Bhuannaich Elephant Sessions an duais ann an 2017 agus Talisk ann an 2018. A bharrachd air sin, tha an duais cuideachd a’ gabhail a-steach leann sònraichte a thèid a ghrùdaireachd leis an ainm aca, agus nochdaidh iad aig pàrtaidh Belhaven Brewery às dèidh am pairèid ann an New York air Seachdain an Tartain. Thèid am buannaiche cuideachd a thaisbeanadh ann an iomairt-shanasachd telebhisein a chleachdas an ceòl aca. Tha maoin Belhaven air a thaiceachadh le Showcase Scotland Expo, buidheann a tha a’ cur taic ri leasachadh eadar-nàiseanta de neach-ealain Albannach, cuide ri Alba Chruthachail, agus tèid am bursaraidh a thoirt do chòmhlan no neach-ealain tro phanail de sàr-eòlaichean a’ ghnìomhachais.

Gheibhear tiocaidean airson na cuirme aig Aberdeen Music Hall Box Office air 01224 641122 no air loidhne an seo.

Thuirt Manaidsear Conaltraidh MG ALBA, Murchadh MacSuain: “’S e àm uabhasach math a th’ ann airson ceòl thradiseanta ann an Alba agus tha MG ALBA toilichte an taic seo a chuir ris an tàlant air leth. Tha na ceòladairean seo nan tosgairean do dh’Alba, ar cànain agus ar cultaran agus tha e mìorbhaileach gun urrain dhuinn an comharrachadh mar seo.”

Thuirt Alan Morrison, Ceannard Ciùil, Alba Chruthachail: “Tha uiread de thàlant againn anns gach roinn de Dhuaisean Ceòl Traidiseanta Albannach MG ALBA. Seo na daoine a tha a’ cumail dualchas ciùil Alba beò, cuideachd aig ìre coimhearsnachd, na daoine a tha a’ cur Alba air beulaibh an t-saoghal le bhith a’ sgaoileadh ar ceòl suaicheanta. The Alba Chruthachail cho moiteil gu bheil sinn nar sponsair airson Neach-oideachaidh Ciùil na Bliadhna às leth Youth Music Initiative – chan eil càil cho math ri bhith a’ toirt an tradisean seo dhan ath-ghinealach agus a bhith a’ faicinn mar a tha iadsan a’ greimeachadh an ceòl dhaibh fhèin.”

Thuirt Gordon Muir, Stiùiriche Margaidheachd aig Belhaven Brewery: “Tha Belhaven cho toilichte taic a chuir ri saoghal ceòl thraidiseanta Alba leis an treasamh bursaraidh againn. Tha an saoghal seo cho làn tàlant brosnachail agus tha sinn air leth toilichte gun urrainn dhuinn cuideachadh le bhith a’ brosnachadh rudan ùr leis an duais seo, a bheireas dhaibh cothrom fàs agus seilbheach a chuir gu ruige rudan ùr cruthachail fheuchainn. Tha ìre na ceòladairean air an liost cho math agus tha sinn a’ coimhead air adhart ri bhith ag obair còmhla ri na buannaichean thairis air a’ bhliadhna.”

Thuirt Stuart Fleming, Àrd-Mhanaidsear airson PRS for Music, Alba agus Èirinn a Tuath: “Tha sinne toilichte taic a chuir a-rithist ri Duaisean Ceòl Traidiseanta Albannach MG ALBA. Gu h-àraidh tha e sgoinneil gu bheil ceithir de na sgrìobhaichean-ciùil as brosnachail againn air a’ gheàrr-liost airson duais PRS for Music agus gur math a thèid dhaibh.”

An Geàrr-Liost:

Album of the Year sponsored by Birnam CD

  • 1. Beyond, by Talisk
  • 2. Drawn From Deep Water, by Gnoss
  • 3. Free One, by Kinnaris Quintet
  • 4. Frenzy of the Meeting, by Breabach
  • 5. Laws Of Motion, by Karine Polwart, Steven Polwart & Inge Thomson
  • 6. Mercury, by Siobhan Miller
  • 7. Neath the Gloaming Star, by Hannah Rarity
  • 8. Steer By The Stars, by Skipinnish
  • 9. The Reeling, by Brìghde Chaimbeul
  • 10. What Makes You, by Elephant Sessions

Belhaven Bursary for Innovation

  • 1. Breabach
  • 2. Kinnaris Quintet
  • 3. Lau
  • 4. Niteworks
  • 5. Ross Ainslie
  • 6. Rura
  • 7. Karine Polwart
  • 8. Project Smok
  • 9. Fara
  • 10. Treacherous Orchestra

Club of the Year, sponsored by Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS)

  • 1. Largs Folk Nights
  • 2. Sutherland Sessions
  • 3. Button and Bows Accordion and Fiddle club
  • 4. Montrose Folk Club

Composer of the Year, sponsored by PRS for Music

  • 1. Catriona Hawksworth
  • 2. Hayley Keenan
  • 3. Jenna Reid
  • 4. Mischa MacPherson

Community Project of the Year

  • 1. Blazin’ in Beauly
  • 2. Kin in the community
  • 3. SEALL Festival of Small Halls held on Skye last November.
  • 4. Bogha Frois

Event of the Year, sponsored by VisitScotland

  • 1. Scotland at Lorient - Fèis Rois
  • 2. Tiree Music Festival
  • 3. Alba Choir at Eurovision
  • 4. Under Canvas in partnership with Eden Court

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

  • 1. Brian O’Headra
  • 2. Ceitlin Lilidh
  • 3. Kim Carnie
  • 4. Mary Ann Kennedy

Musician of the Year, sponsored by The University of the Highlands and Islands

  • 1. Adam Sutherland
  • 2. Jenn Butterworth
  • 3. Paul Anderson
  • 4. Ross B Wilson
  • 5. Signy Jakobsdottir
  • 6. Tom Oakes

Live Act of the Year, sponsored by Greentrax Recordings

  • 1. Peat and Diesel
  • 2. Rura
  • 3. Talisk
  • 4. Fara
  • 5. The Outside Track

Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year, sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association Award

  • 1. Amy Papiransky
  • 2. Dougie Mackenzie
  • 3. Steve Byrne
  • 4. Fiona Ross

Scottish Dance Band of the Year, sponsored by National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs

  • 1. The Cruickshank Family Band
  • 2. Ewan Galloway Scottish Dance Band
  • 3. Gary Sutherland Scottish Dance Band
  • 4. Scott Band Scottish Dance Band

Scottish Folk Band of the Year, sponsored by Threads of Sound

  • 1. Blazin Fiddles
  • 2. Dallahan
  • 3. Iona Fyfe Trio
  • 4. Tannahill Weavers

Scottish Pipe Band of the Year, sponsored by the Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust

  • 1. Renfrewshire Schools Pipe Band
  • 2. Inverary and District Pipe Band
  • 3. Closkelt Pipe Band
  • 4. Dollar Academy

Trad Video of the Year

  • 1. Fair Weather Beggar by Claire Hastings
  • 2. Heroes – Tide Lines
  • 3. Hope in the Chaos by Ross Ainslie and Malcolm Jones
  • 4. Playlist East West by Shooglenifty featuring Tanxugueiras

Music Tutor of the Year, sponsored by Creative Scotland's Youth Music Initiative

  • 1. Claire Gullan
  • 2. Iain Ruari Finlayson, Skye Schools
  • 3. Ingrid Henderson
  • 4. Louise Hunter
  • 5. Sharon Hassan

Up and Coming Artist of the Year, sponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

  • 1. Calum Jones and the trad project
  • 2. Dlù
  • 3. Hecla
  • 4. Man of the Minch

Venue of the Year, sponsored by Musicians' Union

  • 1. An Tobar (Mull)
  • 2. Soundhouse at the Traverse (Edinburgh)
  • 3. St Margaret’s Braemar
  • 4. The String Cafe (Lerwick)


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