10 YEARS OF TRADMENDOUS TALENT

SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED FOR MG ALBA SCOTS TRAD MUSIC AWARDS

After weeks of anticipation and thousands of nominations from the public, the shortlist for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, has been unveiled. (See full list in editor’s notes).  The prestigious event honours and celebrates the achievements of Scotland’s traditional musicians and 2012 will be the most important year in the event’s history, as it marks its 10th anniversary.

The public can now vote for this year’s winners across 16 categories including Album Of The Year, Composer Of The Year, Venue Of The Year and Gaelic Singer Of The Year by logging online at www.scotstradmusicawards.com/voting. The winner of each category will be the artist who receives an equal combination of the most industry and fan votes.

Public voting will close on Wednesday 21st November and all winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony hosted by Mary Ann Kennedy and Tony Kearney on Saturday 8th December at Nevis Centre, Fort William

The winners of three special categories have been chosen by music and industry experts to be inserted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame sponsored by Fèisean nan Gàidheal. The Performers who will be inducted this year include the late Martyn Bennett, Anne Lorne Gillies and Roddy MacLeod MBE. The Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music Award will be awarded to Isobel Mieres and Services to Gaelic Music to Rory and Calum Macdonald (full details in editor’s notes).

Over the past 10 years the awards have celebrated and seen performances by some of the finest Scottish traditional musicians and bands including Barbara Dickson, Peatbog Faeries, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Karine Polwart.

Event founder and promoter Simon Thoumire says: “Traditional music still thrives in Scotland – from festivals and events to bands, pipers, singers and even record labels, there are thousands of people around the country that continue to make the scene grow. I’m delighted that over the past 10 years we’ve been able to give something back but really I should be thanking all our talented nominees, for without them, the awards would be nothing. We’re going to mark our milestone with a brilliant event so get your tickets now”

Donald Campbell, Chief Executive of event sponsors MG ALBA said “We are delighted to sponsor the Scots Trad Music Awards for a fifth year. The MG ALBA partnership with Hands up for Trad since 2008 has resulted in enhanced visibility and understanding of MG ALBA’s Gaelic media. Our aim this year is to build on that by encouraging participation in the Gaelic Learners resource LearnGaelic.net (www.learngaelic.net) and FilmG, our Gaelic Short Film competition (www.filmg.co.uk)” 

Music fans can secure a place at the event now by buying tickets from Nevis Centre by calling 01397 700 707 or by logging onto www.neviscentre.co.uk. Entertainment will be provided throughout the night by some of the country’s top Trad stars including Treacherous Orchestra, Karine Polwart, Inveraray and District Pipe Band and Gordon Duncan Experience.

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EDITOR’S NOTES

The Scots Trad Music Awards are organised by Hands up for Trad and supported by:

MG   ALBA is the operating name of Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig (Gaelic Media Service). MG ALBA is in partnership with the BBC to provide BBC ALBA. Find out more about MG ALBA and about the partnership at www.mgalba.com or visit www.bbcalba.co.uk for schedule and programme information.

  • The Highland Council
  • Creative Scotland
  • The Saltire Society
  • Bòrd na Gàidhlig

The full shortlist for this year’s MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards:

Album of the Year sponsored by Birnam CD
Karine Polwart – Traces
Kathleen MacInnes – Cille Bhride (Kilbride)
Rachel Newton – The Shadow Side
Treacherous Orchestra – Origins

Instrumentalist of the Year sponsored by Temple Records
Duncan Chisholm
Lorne MacDougall
Megan Henderson
Ross Ainslie

Composer of the Year sponsored by PRS for Music
Laura-Beth Salter
Mike Vass
Paul Anderson
Simon Bradley

Event of the Year sponsored by VisitScotland
Feis na Mara
Gerry Rafferty at Celtic Connections
Scots Fiddle Festival
Stonehaven Folk Festival

Up and Coming Artist of the Year sponsored by The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Alistair Ogilvy
Brandon McPhee
Niteworks
Rona Wilkie

Trad Music in the Media sponsored by The Saltire Society
Eberhard ‘Paddy’ Bort – Life and legacy of Hamish Henderson and the Scottish Folk Revival
Gary West – Voicing Scotland
Julie Fowlis (for Brave)
Na Caimbeulaich documentary – (Bees Nees / BBC Alba)

Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association
Alasdair Roberts
Christine Kydd
Paul McKenna
Scott Murray

Music Tutor of the Year sponsored by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative
Gillian Frame
Lynsey Tait
Scott Murray
Sharon Hassan

Venue of the Year
An Tobar
Bogbain Farm
New Cample Farm
Sandy Bells – Forrest Hill Bar

Live Act of the Year sponsored by Greentrax Recordings
Fred Morrison Trio
Kris Drever
Session A9
The Shee

Scottish Folk Band of the Year sponsored by All Celtic Music
Breabach
Paul McKenna Band
Rua Macmillan Trio
Rura

Gaelic Singer of the Year sponsored by Macmeanmna
Fiona J Mackenzie
Gillie Mackenzie
Isobel Ann Martin
Riona Whyte

Community Project of the Year sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust
Scots Music Group Inspire Project
Feis Rois Local and National Ceilidh Trail 2012
Glasgow Irish Minstrels Branch of Comhaltas
Tiree Music Festival

Scottish Dance Band of the Year sponsored by National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs
Charlie Kirkpatrick Scottish Dance Band
Deoch and Dorus
Graeme Mitchell Scottish Dance Band
Monach Isle Ceilidh Band

Pipe Band of the Year sponsored by the National Piping Centre
Coalburn IOR Pipe Band
Denny and Dunipace Gleneagles Pipe Band
George Watson’s College Pipes and Drums
ScottishPower Pipe Band

Club of the Year sponsored by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
Aberdeen Folk Club
Balerno Folk Club
Falkirk Folk Club
Highland Accordion & Fiddle Club

2012 Special Awards (not for voting)

Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame

Performers – Awarded to musicians who have been in the industry over 30 years who have altered our musical landscape for the better including musicians, now no longer with us:

Silly Wizard
Ian Hardie
Jim Halcrow
Roddy MacLeod MBE
Norman MacLean
Anne Lorne Gillies
Martyn Bennett
Donald Riddell CBE
Hamish Imlach

Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music Award -This award was introduced in 2003 to celebrate those special people whom Scottish traditional music couldn’t do without. It was posthumously awarded to Hamish Henderson and thereafter known as “The Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music Award.” In 2005 when the Hall of Fame was born we decided to bring the two awards together and insert recipients of both into the Hall of Fame.
Isobel Mieras

Services to Gaelic Music sponsored by Bòrd na Gàidhlig
Rory Macdonald and Calum Macdonald

Thanks for voting in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2012

Many thanks for taking the time to vote in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2012. We really appreciate it and hope you will tell all your friends about the Awards and Scottish traditional music.

If you haven’t got a ticket yet for the Awards on the 8th December you can read more here. Don’t forget our Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner Dance with all the 2012 Inductees of Hall of Fame. It will be a blast!

http://www.scotstradmusicawards.com/events/

First Blog!

It’s always a very exciting time as we’re about to launch the names of our 2012 Nominees. It’s a great list of musicians and organisations that have contributed to the last 12 months of music. The whole country contributes to the list as well. There are acts nominated from all over the country.

I say this every year and I’ll say it again. The strength of the Scottish trad music scene is present in the amount of bands that have not been nominated in this years list. We’re so lucky to have so many fantastic musicians, bands and organisations that contribute to the continuing and sustaining of our tradition.

I’ll leave just now and get the site ready for the nominations on Wednesday 31st October. Good luck everybody!!

Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner Menu in English

On the 7th December in Fort William we will be hosting our first Scottish Traditional Music  of Fame Dinner Dance featuring the inductees of the Hall of Fame, Archie Fisher, Flora MacNeil and Maggie MacInnes, Rona Wilkie and Marit Felt and dancing to the inimitable Fergie MacDonald Dance Band. It costs £40 for a ticket which includes a 3 course menu and entertainment. Check out our Scots menu. Tickets are available from the Nevis Centre 01397 700707 or buy a ticket online.

Mix & Match” Menu Selector
We endeavour to make your selection as easy as possible. Therefore, all you need to do is to choose 3 items from each course listed.

A – Starter
Haggis & Neeps served with a creamy Drambuie sauce
Pan Fried Garlic Mushrooms served in a cheese basket & accompanied with a small side salad
Selection of Soup –Vegetable Broth ( V )

B – Main Course
Roast Topside of Scotch Beef: served with a rich natural gravy & Yorkshire pudding
Breast of Chicken served with a Drambuie & course grain mustard cream sauce
Grilled Fillet of Sea Bass: Accompanied with roasted Mediterranean vegetables & a tomato and basil sauce

C – Dessert
Chef’s apple & Toffee Crumble: accompanied with a warm Crème Anglaise
Home-made White Chocolate Cheesecake: set on a pool of fruit coulis
Profiteroles: Light choux pastry buns filled with whipped cream and drizzled with dark & white chocolate sauces

Followed by freshly ground coffee or quality brewed tea

Included in your menu, you have the choice of 1 Vegetarian dish…
D – Vegetarian Options
Freshly Baked Vegetable Lasagne

Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner Menu in Scots

Flora MacNeilOn the 7th December in Fort William we will be hosting our first Scottish Traditional Music  of Fame Dinner Dance featuring the inductees of the Hall of Fame, Archie Fisher, Flora MacNeil and Maggie MacInnes, Rona Wilkie and Marit Felt and dancing to the inimitable Fergie MacDonald Dance Band. It costs £40 for a ticket which includes a 3 course menu and entertainment. Check out our Scots menu. Tickets are available from the Nevis Centre 01397 700707 buy a ticket online.

Mixter-Maxter Belly-Timber Chouser
We ettle tae mak yer choosin easypeasy. Sae, juist chuise whitna stairter, main an dessert ye’d like.

A – Kickaff
Haggis & Neeps, servit wi a reamy Drambuie gravy
Puddock Stools tillie-pan-frythit, servit intae a kebbock creel & a wheen a bawtie greens
Hodge-podge broth o vitals an greens

B – Fill Yer Face
Roastit Rump o Scotch Beef servit wi real gravy an Sassenach pudding
Hen Briest wi Drambuie an raucle grain mustart ream gravy
Sneystertit collop o Sey Bass wi roastit vittals and gravy frae far foreign pairts

C – Aifters
Aipple an Gundy Chiffin wi warmit Sassenach ream
Hame-cuikit Fite Chocolat Kebbock-Cake in a puddle o fruict gravy
Profiteroles – stuffit chate-the-belly wi whippit ream an chocolat gravies

Followit bi new-millit coffee or fine brewit tea

Iffin ye’d rather chuise an ashet o vitals an greens, ye could hae
D – New-Fired Vittals An Greens Lasagne

Translated by Ewan McVicar

Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Menu in Gaelic

Archie FisherOn the 7th December in Fort William we will be hosting our first Scottish Traditional Music  of Fame Dinner Dance featuring the inductees of the Hall of Fame, Archie Fisher, Flora MacNeil and Maggie MacInnes, Rona Wilkie and Marit Felt and dancing to the inimitable Fergie MacDonald Dance Band. It costs £40 for a ticket which includes a 3 course menu and entertainment. Check out our Gaelic menu. Tickets are available from the Nevis Centre 01397 700707 or buy a ticket online.

Clàr-bìdh – “Cruinn & Còmhla”

Tha sinn airson gum bi do taghadh cho furasta ‘s a ghabhas. Chan eil agad ach 3 nithean a thaghadh às gach cùrsa fa-leth gu h-ìseal.

A – Blasad-tòiseachaidh
Taigeis & Snèap ann an sabhs uachdarach an Dram Buidheach
Balganan-buarach Fraighichte ann an Creamh le càise is beagan sailead na chois
Taghadh de Bhrot – Brot Lusan (V)

B – Mòr-chùrsa
Feòil-mart Ròsta Albannach: anns an t-sabhs làidir aige fhèin & le Bonnach Albannach
Broilleach Circe le sabhs an Dram Buidheach & mustard gràinneanach
Bass-mara Grìosaichte: Lusan ròsta Meadhan-thìreach & sabhs tomàto is basil na chois

C – Mìlsean
Mìn-bhris ubhal is tofaidh a’ Chòcaire: le blàthachadh de Crème Anglaise na chois
Càis-chèic Seoclaid Geal bhon Dachaigh: suidhichte air lòn de shùbh mheasan
Prothaideag: Bonnach pastraidh aotrom choux lìonta le uachdar sgiùrsaichte agus le sabhs seoclaid dorch is geal sgapte mun cuairt

Agus às a dheidh cofaidh air ùr-phronnadh no tì air ùr tharraing

Mar phàirt den chlàr-bìdh agad, tha roghainn ann de aon bhiadh lusair…
D – Roghainnean Lusair
Lasagne Lusair air ùr fhuine

Translated by John M Macleod: President of An Comunn Gaidhealach and Gaelic adviser to the Clarsach Society and Edinburgh International Harp Festival

Buy your tickets now for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards

The Scots Trad Music Awards are celebrating their 10th year at Fort William’s Nevis Centre on the 7th and 8th December 2012. The acts booked for the Trad Music Awards on the 8th December are:

  • Treacherous Orchestra
  • Karine Polwart
  • Mairearad and Anna
  • Rona Wilkie
  • Inveraray and District Pipe Band
  • National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs Celebration
  • Mike Whellans
  • Man’s Ruin
  • Gaelic Women
  • Gordon Duncan Experience
  • Tribute to National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs

Tickets for this amazing show are £20 and are available from the Nevis Centre Box Office on 01397 700707. The show starts at 7pm.

A new event for 2010 is our Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner Dance. We will be honouring our 2012 inductees by having a 3 course dinner with compere John Carmichael and amazing legendary acts

Archie Fisher
Flora MacNeil and Maggie MacInnes
Rona Wilkie and Marit Felt (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2012)

The Fergie MacDonald Ceilidh Band will host the dance.

Tickets for this are £40 and it will be held in the Alexandra Hotel, Fort William. Dinner will start at 7.30pm.

The Hall of Fame inductees for 2012 are

  • Silly Wizard
  • Ian Hardie
  • Jim Halcrow
  • Roddy MacLeod
  • Norman MacLean
  • Anne Lorne Gillies
  • Martyn Bennett
  • Donald Riddell
  • Hamish Imlach
  • Hamish Henderson Service to Traditional Music: Isobel Mieras

Tickets for this amazing show are £40 (includes 3 course meal and drinks) and are available from the Nevis Centre Box Office on 01397 700707.