Photos from MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2011

Just having a think back to last years MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards in Perth. It was another great night with lots of brilliant music (and now snow like 2010!). Here are our photos – see if they bring back any memories. Remember and vote in the 2012 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.

The 2012 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards are LIVE ON TV!

This is brilliant news! If you can’t make it to Fort William on the 8th December you will be able to watch the show on BBC Alba live from Fort William. The channel is available in Scotland via Freeview, and throughout the UK on Sky, Freesat, Virgin Media and online (BBC iPlayer). We’ll have our usual highlight show going out between Christmas and New Year.

Also there’s only 1 week left to vote for your favourite Scottish traditional music act in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. We’re open till midnight on the Wednesday 21st November. Please share this information and tell you friends. We want as many people to see the amazing array of Scottish music performers and organisations as possible. You can vote here

It’s going to be an amazing night on the 8th December in Fort William. The performers 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 only £20 and are available from the Nevis Centre Box Office on 01397 700707. The show starts at 7pm.

Have you read about Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail project?

Fèis Rois started its innovative Ceilidh Trail project in Ross-Shire in 2000. This cultural tourism initiative gives aspiring young musicians the opportunity to develop their performance skills and to experience life as a touring artist. This successful model has now been adopted by six other communities acrossthe Highlands.

In 2012, in addition to running a local Ceilidh Trail across Ross & Cromarty, Fèis Rois also piloted a national Ceilidh Trail across Scotland. Fèis Rois offered summer employment to 17 young musicians who gave over 100 performances to almost 8,000 people in communities across Scotland. Throughout July and August 2012, Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trails visited venues in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Caithness, Orkney, Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Dundee, Angus, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scottish Borders, Fife, Perth & Kinross, Glasgow, Stirling, Falkirk, Western Isles and the Highlands! The project enhanced the visitor experience to Scotland with performances taking place everywhere from Stirling Castle to Skara Brae and the Callanish Stones to Kellie Castle.

The project brought traditional music to the heart of many communities throughout the peak tourist season.

Feis Rois are nominated in the Community Award at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards alongside Scots Music Group Inspire Project, Glasgow Irish Minstrels Branch of Comhaltas and Tiree Music Festival. Vote now in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2012

Glasgow Irish Minstrels Branch of Comhaltas music session

Just back from St Roch’s where the Glasgow Irish Minstrels Branch of Comhaltas host their music lessons. They’re nominated in the Community Award at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards alongside Scots Music Group Inspire Project, Feis Rois Local and National Ceilidh Trail 2012 and Tiree Music Festival.

There was a great recital from BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award finalist Paddy Callaghan who was joined by Johnny Canning on fiddle for the last set. Here’s a couple of photos.

The value of social media

People often say to me that social media – eg FaceBook, Twitter has been bad for trad music. I don’t agree. Yes the way that everything disappears on social media is not exactly traditional and I suppose if traditional music had relied on social media there would be no traditional culture as it would have disappeared down someone’s wall and been forgotten.

The marketing possibilities are amazing though. A YouTube video of a session in a corner of Scotland can be seen worldwide in seconds, a song can be shared across the web and learnt by lots of different people. In terms of the Trad Awards folks can hear about bands and organisations through FaceBook, come along and vote and look up and down the category and learn about 3 other great acts in the category which are only a click away.

Over the years we’ve had votes from Alaska and Uruguay and I often wonder how these guys would have heard about Scottish traditional music without the web and social media. So please share away the Trad Awards link and get all your friends to share it too and let’s link up the social world with Scottish traditional music.

Vote Now in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards