SCOTS TRAD MUSIC AWARD WINNERS!

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WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT

THE MG ALBA SCOTS TRAD MUSIC AWARDS

Scottish music stars were out in force last night (Saturday 3rd December) to attend the 2011 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, which have been dubbed, ‘the Brits of the Trad scene.’

A record number of almost 100,000 votes were cast online by the public and winners were announced by hosts Mary Ann Kennedy and Tony Kearney at a glittering ceremony at the Perth Concert Hall.

Julie Fowlis and event host Tony Kearney arriving at the awards - pic by Louis DeCarlo

Winners at the prestigious awards included Skerryvore (Best Live Act), Innes Watson (Instrumentalist of the Year), Battlefield Band (Folk Band Of The Year), Manran (Album Of The Year) and Siobhan Miller (Singer of The Year).

The tiny Ben Nevis bar in Glasgow fought off strong competition from major venues to be named Venue of the year, while the Orkney Folk Festival was named Event Of The Year. (See full winners list at the end).

Ten artists were also chosen by a panel comprised of their peers and the award organisers to be inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall Of Fame. They are John Watt, Ian Duncan, Billy Thom, Alasdair Fraser, Bert Jansch, Donald MacLeod (Islay), Tannahill Weavers, Bobby MacLeod, Tobar an Dualchais – Kist O Riches, Arthur Cormack

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Skerryvore performing at last night's awards - pic by Louis DeCarlo

The night was rounded off by some fantastic performances from winners Skerryvore, party starters Peatbog Faeries, the incredible Barbara Dickson Band and emerging talent Kristen Harvey and the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland.

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Barbara Dickson Band at the awards - pic by Louis DeCarlo

Event founder and promoter Simon Thoumire says: “A massive congratulations to this year’s winners and also to everyone that made the shortlist – the competition was fierce this year and the voters had a tough job. Thanks to everyone who made this year’s event the best one yet. Roll on our tenth birthday next year.”

Alasdair Morrison, Chairman of event sponsors MG ALBA adds: “We’ve seen some incredible performances and honoured some fantastic winners this evening so we are thrilled once again to be the event sponsor. We believe passionately in showcasing the best of Gaelic and Scottish culture on BBC ALBA and we’re delighted that we can offer even more people the chance to share in the Awards by transmitting them on our channel.”

The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards programme will air on BBC ALBA – Na Trads, Monday 5 December at 10pm. Repeated Friday 9 December @ 9pm. Freeview 8, Virgin Media 188, Freesat 110, Sky 168 http://www.bbcalba.co.uk

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

Album of the Year sponsored by Birnam CD

Manran – Manran

Gaelic Singer of the Year sponsored by Macmeanmna

Norrie MacIver

Instrumentalist of the Year sponsored by Temple Records

Innes Watson

Instrumentalist of the Year Innes Watson - pic by Louis DeCarlo

Instrumentalist of the Year Innes Watson - pic by Louis DeCarlo

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

Mairi Campbell

Composer of the Year sponsored by PRS for Music

Aidan O’ Rourke

Coda Music Venue of the Year Award

Ben Nevis

Event of the Year sponsored by VisitScotland

Orkney Folk Festival

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

Rura

Trad Music in the Media sponsored by ScottishCultureOnline.com

Transatlantic Sessions

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

Siobhan Miller

Community Project of the Year sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust

Blazin in Beauly

Live Act of the Year sponsored by Greentrax Recordings

Skerryvore

Scottish Folk Band of the Year sponsored by All Celtic Music

Battlefield Band

Pipe Band of the Year

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band

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

Robert Nairn

Club of the Year sponsored by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

Leith Folk Club

Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame sponsored by Fèisean nan Gàidheal 2011 Inductees

John Watt

Ian Duncan

Billy Thom

Alasdair Fraser

Bert Janch

Donald MacLeod, Islay

Tannahill Weavers

Bobby MacLeod

Services to Gaelic Music sponsored by Bòrd na Gàidhlig

Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches

Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music Award

Arthur Cormack

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