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
• Boomerang
• 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
• Skerryvore
• Skipinnish

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.
• Daimh
• 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.
• Barluath
• Cherrygrove
• Dallahan
• 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