The 13th annual ‘Scottish Music Awards – the Tartan Clefs’ at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket saw exciting performances from artists including Kassidy, Frightened Rabbit, the Rezillos, Song of Return, Big Country and chart-topping singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé. Sandé, who opened the ceremony with hit single ‘Heaven’, wowed the assembled leaders of the Scottish music industry with an exclusive performance of her latest track ‘Daddy’, due for release on November 27th.
Lana del Rey made a surprise appearance in support of the charity ‘Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland’ which organises the Awards, to present Kassidy with the ‘Silverburn Most Stylish New Artist Award’.
The Scottish Music Awards raises much needed funds for the charity, which receives no statutory funding and this year has celebrated its’ 15th anniversary in Scotland through a series of new initiatives; including the launch of Creative Scotland’s Big Apple Award, which will see Song of Return play a variety of gigs all over Manhattan during Scotland Week 2012.
In another surprise twist to the glittering night of stars, Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, presented the inaugural ‘Nordoff-Robbins Special Recognition Award supported by Glasgow City Council’ to Karen Mathieson, head teacher of Howford School in Crookston, where Emeli Sandé recently took part in a Nordoff-Robbins music therapy session. Karen was asked to the Awards as a guest of charity Executive Directors Mary Brown and Janet Halton, who kept her award a closely guarded secret.
Councillor Matheson said; “Karen regularly goes that extra mile for the charity and the children under her care, many of whom have learning difficulties and autism disorders. She has devoted the past seven years to guiding the development of her young pupils and her passion for music therapy is reflected across all aspects of her school’s culture. Karen is both inspiring and humble; she is a credit to her school community and someone that Glasgow and Scotland should be justifiably proud of.”
TIME Magazine regards Glasgow to be “Europe’s Secret Capital of Music”, with the city hosting on average 130 music events every week (more than any other Scottish city) which generate an estimated £75m to the city’s economy each year.
Richard Park, Executive Director of Global Radio, Scottish media personality, businessman and former broadcaster, won the ‘Sunday Mail Industry Award’. Park began his career as a DJ on the offshore pirate station Radio Scotland in 1966, before moving to the fledgling BBC Radio 1 network as a presenter. Park then joined Radio Clyde before becoming Programme Controller at Capital Radio in 1987, where for fourteen years he was responsible for breaking new talent including Pete Tong, Tim Westwood and Neil Fox and creating Wildstar Records in 1996 among other moves. Park eventually set up on his own in 2001, before joining Global Radio in 2007.
Other charity supporters included Fiona Hyslop MSP, Ian Rankin, Tippie Hedron & Greg Kane, a 2005 recipient of the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award, Roddy Hart, Bobby Bluebell, a 2010 Singer/Songwriter Ticketmaster UK award winner, and Capital FM DJ Des Clarke.
Organisers launched the ‘King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Best Live Band Award’ won by emerging hot Scottish indie band Frightened Rabbit, ‘Capital FM’s Best breakthrough Artist’ went to Emeli Sandé, and the ‘goNORTH Emerging Business Award’ went to Inverness based concert organisers ‘CK Events’. The ‘Sir Reo Stakis Foundation Legend Award‘ went to The Rezillos.
Other Awards on the night included ‘Ticketmaster UK’s Pride of Scotland Award’ won by Scottish rock band Big Country, who have recently made high profile appearances at the Isle of Wight Festival, T in the Park, Oxegen and V Festivals, reunited with legendary producer Steve Lillywhite for the first time in 27 years, and announced a new tour of the UK for February 2012.
Graham Bell of independent Scottish retail group Guitar Guitar presented the ‘Guitar Guitar Musical Instrument Award’ to Jim Dunlop from family orientated global music industry suppliers Dunlop Manufacturing Inc. Dunlop flew in all the way from California, and donated a previously unseen 2 metre tall 36 stone statue of comic strip legends Lobey Dosser to the charity auction. The statue was a prototype of the one commissioned in 1989 as part of Glasgow’s 1990 bid for the City of Culture status.
Dunlop said; “Eighteen years ago I bought the replica of the Lobey Dosser statue with the intention of taking a piece of Glasgow over to California, I’d even picked out the spot on the lawn! Sadly Lobey never made it across the water, but this week I’m hoping to keep it in Scotland and carry on its legacy.
“It’s hard to part with Lobey, but donating him to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland will hopefully raise plenty of money and allow them to continue their work in Scotland. Working in the music industry my whole life, I’ve definitely seen the positive effect music can have on people’s lives and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland help give that to people every day.
“I hope the auction will give Lobey Dosser a new chapter in its journey round the world and in doing so, honour Bud’s legacy and help the people of Scotland.”
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland is Scotland’s largest specialist music therapy charity, and needs to raise almost £400,000 a year to operate. The Scottish Music Awards – the Tartan Clefs are the main source of funding for the charity, for every £1 that is successfully raised, every penny will go towards supporting music therapy.
Winners of the Ten Awards in Order of Ceremony Are:
1) Nordoff-Robbins Special Recognition Award supported by Glasgow City Council’
Karen Mathieson, head teacher at Howford Primary School, Crookston, Glasgow
2) ‘Creative Scotland Big Apple Award’
Song of Return
3) ‘Guitar Guitar Musical Instrument Award’
Jim Dunlop, Dunlop Manufacturing Inc
4) ‘Silverburn Most Stylish New Artist Award’
5) ‘goNORTH Emerging Business Award’
6) ‘Sir Reo Stakis Foundation Legend Award’
7) ‘Sunday Mail Industry Award’
Richard Park, Executive Director of Global Radio
8) ‘King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Best Live Band Award’
9) ‘Capital FM Breakthrough Artist Award’
10) ‘Ticketmaster UK Pride of Scotland Award’
Held to raise money for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland, the Scottish Music Awards is an important date in the Scottish event calendar, fast making its mark upon the music industry as the ‘Scottish Brits’, and receiving international media attention. The charity, which receives no statutory funding, relies on the event as its largest and most prominent fundraiser.
The unique combination of music and therapy that Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland offers is both a release and sense of fun for the individual through the power of music. Unique to other forms of therapy, the concept of taking our creative side and combining this with alternative modes of therapy is revolutionary; illustrating that music has strong healing qualities.
Photography by Chris James and Andy Buchanan.