Foot Stompin’ Free Scottish Music Podcast Scots Trad Music Awards Version

The latest Foot Stompin’ podcast is a celebration of the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards winners featuring Session A9, Kathleen MacInnes, Paul McKenna Band, Breabach, Duncan Chisholm and Julie Fowlis. It was a great night on Saturday 8th December with some brilliant music.



MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2012 highlights programme on BBC ALBA

Treacherous Orchestra at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2012.

You can catch the highlights programme from the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards on Friday 28 December @ 9pm on BBC ALBA. Programme will include onstage and behind-the-scenes with Mary Ann Kennedy, Tony Kearney and Linda MacLeod. Looking forward to it!

MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards – Na Trads on iPlayer!!

Don’t miss the chance – if you missed it before or if you want to see it again – to catch Na Trads on the BBC iPlayer. Follow the link below and see it in all it’s splendid glory.

And here are the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2012 results if you haven’t read them yet…


The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards celebrated its 10th year in style tonight (Saturday 8th December) with a glittering awards ceremony which was the biggest and best yet!

Broadcast live on BBC ALBA for the first time, the awards – organised by Hands Up for Trad – saw stars of the Scottish music scene gather at the Nevis Centre, Fort William to celebrate and honour the very best of traditional Scottish talent.

Winners of this year’s prestigious prizes included Mike Vass (Composer of the Year), Julie Fowlis (Trad Music in the Media), Duncan Chisholm (Instrumentalist of the Year) Paul McKenna (Scots Singer of the Year) and Niteworks (Up and Coming Artist of the Year).

Edinburgh’s Scots Fiddle Festival was named Event of the Year while quirky music venue, Bogbain Farm scooped the prize for Venue of the Year (See full winners list below).

Ten artists were also chosen by a panel comprised of their peers and award organisers to be inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall Of Fame. They are Silly Wizard, Ian Hardie, Jim Halcrow, Roddy MacLeod MBE, Norman MacLean, Anne Lorne Gillies, Martyn Bennett, Donald Riddell CBE and Hamish Imlach.

The evening was concluded by a fantastic array of performances from the country’s Trad music stars including, Treacherous Orchestra, Karine Polwart, Inveraray and District Pipe Band and Gordon Duncan Experience. Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross also performed, paying a special tribute to the late, great songwriter, Michael Marra.

Event Founder and Hands Up for Trad Creative Director: Simon Thoumire says: “We’re so pleased that the Scots Trad Music Awards has continued to grow over the last ten years. Huge congratulations to all tonight’s winners and nominees. It’s been a fantastic year for Trad music – we’ve seen artists like Julie Fowlis come to prominence after her music was featured in Disney Pixar’s Brave this year. We can only hope that successes like these will continue for another ten years. ”

Donald Campbell, Chief Executive of event sponsors MG ALBA says: “The Trad Awards recognise excellence and MG ALBA is pleased to have been able to support the awards again this year and proud to be associated with such talent. We congratulate not only the winners but also all those who were shortlisted across the various categories”

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

Album of the Year sponsored by Birnam CD – Cillebhride (Kilbride) – Kathleen MacInnes: KMA

Club of the Year sponsored by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society – Falkirk Folk Club

Composer of the Year sponsored by PRS for Music – Mike Vass

Community Project of the Year sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust – Feis Rois Local and National Ceilidh Trail 2012

Event of the Year sponsored by VisitScotland – Scots Fiddle Festival

Gaelic Singer of the Year sponsored by Macmeanmna – Riona Whyte

Instrumentalist of the Year sponsored by Temple Records – Duncan Chisholm

Live Act of the Year sponsored by Greentrax Recordings – Session A9

Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association – Paul McKenna

Scottish Dance Band of the Year sponsored by National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs – Deoch and Dorus

Scottish Folk Band of the Year sponsored by All Celtic Music – Breabach

Pipe Band of the Year sponsored by The National Piping Centre – George Watson’s College Pipes and Drums

Trad Music in the Media sponsored by The Saltire Society – Julie Fowlis for Brave

Music Tutor of the Year sponsored by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative – Gillian Frame

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

Venue of the Year Award – Bogbain Farm, Inverness

Provost prepares to welcome people to Scottish Traditional Music Awards

The 2012 MG ALBA Traditional Music Awards are taking place in Fort William this weekend and the Provost of Lochaber, Councillor Allan Henderson, is looking forward to extending a warm Highland welcome to everyone coming along.

He said: “The Highland Council are delighted that the 10th MG ALBA Scottish Traditional Music Awards are taking place in the Highlands especially in Lochaber where many traditional musicians live and work.

“The Council has supported and continues to support traditional music and Gaelic song tuition through the Youth Music Initiative and the local Fèisean. We also provide financial support to the Blas Festival, and are already making plans to celebrate when the National Mod returns to the Highland the Capital in 2014.

“I am delighted and proud that we are able to support what is a very prestigious awards ceremony in the Traditional Scottish Music events circuit.”

The Council is providing financial support towards the hosting of the event and the sponsorship of the Best Venue Award which will be presented on Saturday night at the Nevis Centre by Chairman of the Council’s Finance, Housing and Resources Committee, Councillor David Fallows.

The event is timely as the Council has embarked on its second generation Gaelic Language Plan and hosting the event in the Highlands is one of the enabling actions within the document.

This year the event is run over two days with the entries into the Hall of Fame taking place on Friday (7th December) and the Award Ceremony on Saturday night in the Nevis Centre in Fort William.

Simon Thoumire, organiser of the Scots Trad Music Awards says: “We’re delighted to be back in Fort William this year, celebrating 10 years of the Scots Trad Music Awards. The awards have always been so well supported by musicians and Trad music fans from the highlands and it’s fantastic to be back here for what’s looking to be the biggest and best awards ceremony yet.”

The Award Ceremony will be broad cast live from 9-11pm on BBC Alba. The channel is available in Scotland via Freeview, and throughout the UK on Sky, Freesat, Virgin Media and online (BBC iPlayer). The Awards Ceremony will also be re broadcast between Christmas and New Year.


Saltire Society Reception – Saturday 8th December

If you’re in Fort William this will be great fun!

Saltire Society Reception
Saturday 8th December 2012
Alexandra Hotel
Fort William

On the occasion of the Hall of Fame Dinner and the ‘Hands Up For Trad’ MG Alba Awards in Fort William we are hosting a small drinks reception in the Alexandra Hotel in Fort William at 2.00pm on Saturday 8th December 2012.

We are an independent membership organisation committed to supporting and advocating Scotland’s heritage and contemporary cultural achievements. Our sponsorship of the first Hall of Fame Dinner is an aspect of that commitment and we are delighted to be working this year in partnership with Hands Up For Trad.
We would welcome anyone who would like to find out more about the Society and meet our Board and Staff team in this informal setting.

If you want to find out more please contact us at [email protected] or visit our website at

Alexandra Hotel,
The Parade
Fort William
PH33 6AZ