Paolo’s New Shoes Raise Big Bucks for Nordoff Robbins Scotland at the The 17th Annual ‘SSE Scottish Music Awards’

Paolo Nutini - photo by Andy Buchanan

Paolo Nutini : photo by Andy Buchanan

The 17th Annual SSE Scottish Music Awards raised a total of £148,000 for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland. Auction prizes included a guitar signed by Paolo Nutini, donated by Trespass. The man himself encouraged attendees to bid by offering up a personalised tour of Paisley and literally the shoes on his feet! The lucky winner won the tour and footwear for a steal at £3,300. The Paisley born singer-songwriter also made the winning bid of £8,000 for a trip to a luxury Gleneagles lodge – outbidding himself all in the name of the charity about which he spoke eloquently and at length, mentioning therapy sessions he has been part of and his ongoing and long term support for Nordoff Robbins Scotland.

Rab Noakes - photo by Andy Buchanan

Rab Noakes : photo by Andy Buchanan

Awards during the evening, on Saturday 28 November, went to Paolo himself and others included Rab Noakes, Model Aeroplanes, Amy McDonald, Single By Sunday and KLOE (full list below).

Another highlight of the night included PR mogul Murray Chalmers winning the Sunday Mail Music Business Award whose 30 years in the industry has seen him work with artists such as Coldplay, Kylie, Paloma Faith, Noel Gallagher and Muse, who all personally congratulated Murray on the night.

The night, hosted by STV’s Jennifer Reoch and Ewen Cameron, brought together some of Scotland’s most celebrated acts and artists and honoured them with numerous awards, handcrafted for the occasion by Scottish woodwork designer Paul Hodgkiss.

Winning the SSE Best Live Act Award was Paolo Nutini, who smashed a headline performance to 35,000 people for Glasgow’s Summer Sessions at Bellahouston Park, as well selling out two SSE Hydro shows at the start of the year.

Of the charity, Paolo said: “It’s great to be invited along and to continue the relationship with Nordoff Robbins that we have built up over the last ten years. The awards are a celebration of Scottish musicians which is great but more importantly, they are a catalyst for raising money to help this great charity do the fantastic work that they do. Please, if you don’t know about Nordoff and the work that they do then look into it and give them your support. Music can be a powerful thing.”

Colin Banks, Head of Sponsorship at SSE said: “The 2015 SSE Scottish Music Awards was a hugely successful evening, raising a significant amount of money for Nordoff Robbins Scotland, which will allow the charity to continue the life-changing provision of music therapy throughout the country.

“SSE is proud to have awarded the Best Live Act prize to the amazing Paolo Nutini following a year which saw him play sold-out shows at The SSE Hydro and Bellahouston Park, amongst a worldwide tour taking in almost 100 shows.”

Also honoured was Clare Grogan who took home the prestigious People Make Glasgow Special Recognition Award and performed with her new all-girl band line up. The multitalented singer and actress has been a spokesperson for her home town of Glasgow, which was named as one of National Geographic Traveler’s Top 20 world destinations for 2016.

Presenting the award was Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, who said: “I was honoured to present the PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW Special Recognition Award to Clare and to shine the spotlight on a leading musician that has helped to raise Glasgow’s profile as a world-class music destination.”

Pioneering boy-band Bay City Rollers picked up the Sir Reo Stakis Living Legends Award before closing the show in an outstanding tartan-clad performance which had the whole room on their feet. On his return to the music industry, singer

Les McKeown said: “This award means so much to me personally… as it’s from the Homeland! It’s truly amazing to see all this love for The Rollers again … I would like to thank everyone at SSE Scottish Music Awards for honouring the Rollers in such an incredible way after all these years. This award is bigger than the Oscars because the Nordoff Robbins charity help change peoples lives… that’s special! Rollermania is back!!”

His bandmate, Alan Longmuir continued: “Winning this award makes me feel immensely proud and a wee bit emotional to receive this wonderful recognition after all these years. Nordoff Robbins Scotland is such a great charity and shows that music can be such a powerful healer. It was a privilege to be asked to close the SSE Scottish Music Awards show tonight and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and that everyone continues to support such an amazing cause.”

Guitarist Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood extended their gratitude: “Winning this award is simply amazing and I feel very honoured. I’m very thankful to be involved in something that shows that music can be such an amazing thing! A big thanks to the SSE Scottish Music Awards team and please everyone continue to support the Nordoff Robbins charity.”

Ticketmaster’s Tourmaster Award went to stadium filler and indie rock legend, Noel Gallagher who will be playing the SSE Hydro next April sent his thanks by video link saying: “If you’re coming to the Hydro next year, I’ll see you there. Thank you very much.”

The audience were also treated to a performance by the BBC’s The Voice champion, Stevie McCrorie, and Grammy winner Foxes picked up the SSE Hydro and Raymond Weil UK Artist of the Year.

Donald MacLeod, Chairman of Nordoff Robbins Scotland said: “This years’ SSE Scottish Music Awards has been the biggest yet – with headline acts like the Bay City Rollers, Noel Gallagher and Paolo Nutini all being honoured. The last 17 years have been an incredible journey – not only for the Awards but also for the charity itself. Huge thanks to SSE for allowing us to grow – we’re overjoyed that the charity will reach more and more people all across Scotland and in particular when we open our new facility in Aberdeen. We want to thank everyone who has helped, supported and donated tonight – every penny counts towards bettering peoples lives through music, and that is an incredible achievement.”

The full list of awards and winners is as follows:

SSE Best Live Act

Paolo Nutini

People Make Glasgow Special Recognition Award

Clare Grogan

Sunday Mail Music Business Award

Murray Chalmers

Nordoff Robbins Contribution to Music Award

Rab Noakes

Jack Daniels Best Breakthrough Award


Hard Rock Cafe Best Emerging Artist

Model Aeroplanes

Sir Reo Stakis Living Legend Award

Bay City Rollers

King Tut’s Songwriting Award

Amy McDonald

Ticketmaster Tourmaster Award

Noel Gallagher

STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh Scottish Music Hall of Fame Award


Capitol FM’s Performance

Single By Sunday

SSE Hydro and Raymond Weil UK Artist of the Year


Big Apple Rekordelig Award


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