Scots Trad Music Awards 2014 nominees announced
The nominees for the Scots Trad Music Awards 2014 have recently been announced with the voting in each category open to the public. Proper are thrilled to be distributing numerous nominees including Emily Smith, Patsy Reid, Heidi Talbot and Twelfth Day amongst others.
The awards are an annual event that takes place every December and held at different venues around the country. The aim of these Awards is to highlight Scotland’s wonderful traditional music in all its forms and to create a high profile opportunity which will bring the music and music industry into the spotlight of media and public attention.
The Scots Trad Music Awards, which is organised by ‘Hands Up For Trad’ is seen as ‘The Oscars’ for traditional music. There are two stages, nominating and voting both involving the general public in the process.
You can find all of the nominees for each category below.
Album of the Year sponsored by Birnam CD
Open to recordings made in the past year by folk, dance, pipe bands, singers, individual artists etc from any of the Scottish traditional music genres
• Echoes by Emily Smith
• Heirs and Graces by Adam Holmes
• Live at Celtic Connections by Duncan Chisholm
• The Brightest Path by Patsy Reid
Club of the Year sponsored by Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland
An Award to recognise the club (folk club, accordion club etc) which is best organised, most welcoming etc.
• Acoustic Music Club (Read about this nomination)
• Coalburn Accordion and Fiddle Club
• Folk at the Salmon Bothy
• Tin Hut Sessions
Composer of the Year sponsored by PRS for Music
An Award for the best songwriter, tunesmith, composer of 2014.
• Findlay Napier
• Gavin Marwick
• Inge Thomson
• Jim Sutherland
• Tina Jordan Rees
Community Project of the Year sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust
Award for the traditional music project that best serves your community.
• Big Song Relay
• Inverness Gaelic Choir
• Stirling Scots Song Project
• Summer Isles Festival
Event of the Year sponsored by VisitScotland
An Award to recognise the event/festival in 2014 which was best organised, most welcoming, had the best or most discerning audiences etc
• Girvan Folk Festival
• GRIT: The Martyn Bennett Story
• Struileag – Children Of The Smoke
Gaelic Singer of the Year sponsored by Macmeanmna
Award for artist singing in Gaelic.
• Angus MacLeod
• Ewen Henderson
• Linda Macleod
• Mischa Macpherson
Instrumentalist of the Year sponsored by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
• Catriona McKay
• Ewan MacPherson
• James MacIntosh
• Mike Vass
• Rachel Newton
Live Act of the Year sponsored by Greentrax Recordings
This is open to any traditional music act touring in Scotland.
• Gavin Marwick’s Journeyman Spectacular
• Peatbog Faeries
Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association Award
for artist singing in Scots.
• Emily Smith
• Ewan McLennan
• Gerda Stevenson
• Robyn Stapleton
• Scott Gardiner
Scottish Dance Band of the Year sponsored by National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs
An award for your favourite Scottish dance band, Scottish country dance band or Ceilidh band working throughout the year.
• Burns Brothers Ceilidh Band
• Da Fustra
• Jack Delaney Scottish Dance Band
• Matthew Maclennan Scottish Dance Band
Folk Band of the Year sponsored by Threads of Sound
An award for your favourite folk band working throughout the year. Folk band can encompass duos, trios, folk rock, traditional etc.
• Heidi Talbot Band
• Julie Fowlis
• Scott Wood Band
Pipe Band of the Year sponsored by The National Piping Centre
These nominations are for bands who meet one or more of the following criteria: Competitive success within relevant grade, Rapid improvement, Interaction with/ impact on community, Teaching activity, Musical impact Cds/ concerts/ experimentation etc, Positive media attention for any particular reason, Success in overcoming difficult circumstances, have they been or could they have been considered to be cultural ambassadors by flying the flag for the music or for Scotland abroad?
• Bleary & District Pipe Band
• Inveraray and District Pipe Band
• Preston Lodge High School pipe band
• West Lothian Schools pipe band
Trad Music in the Media sponsored by Skipinnish
An Award to recognise great TV and radio programmes, magazines, etc that that present Scottish traditional music well.
• Folk Radio UK
• Hotchkiss Hotchpotch (Celtic Music Radio)
• Isles FM
• Living Tradition Magazine
Music Tutor of the Year sponsored by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative
Do you have a tutor(s) who is great? A tutor who has brought you on leaps and bounds? Nominate them for this Award.
• Debbie Ross
• Douglas Montgomery
• Eunice Henderson
• Hamish Napier
Up and Coming Artist of the Year sponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
This is open to individual artists/bands emerging onto the scene. Nominations can be for people of any age as long as they are up and coming.
• Salt House
• The Elephant Sessions
• Twelfth day
Venue of the Year Award
This can be a concert hall or a ceilidh house, an arts centre, a pub or any venue that you think is user-friendly, welcoming, well run and conducive to both customer’s needs and Scottish music.
• Perth Concert Hall
• Stirling Tolbooth
• The Ceilidh Place
• The Queens Hall, Edinburgh