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March 21, 2019
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Gregg Lawson, GRIT; Celtic Connection opening concert, champion of Event of the season. Image by Chris James 5/12/15There’s definitely about this, the MG Alba Scots Trad musical Awards is the occasion of the season on Scottish music diary. On Saturday night on Caird Hall in Dundee the top associated with thriving and diverse Scots trad music scene gathered for an unbelievable evening of music and gathering. Organised with style and precision, as always, by Simon Thoumire and his group at Hands Up for Trad, the awards celebrated the amazing pool of skilled vocalists, artists, composers and broadcasters of Scottish standard songs. And as the nominations and outcomes show, that’s a tremendously wide chapel. Sustained by MG Alba, imaginative Scotland and Glenfiddich, this year’s event was not only broadcast survive BBC ALBA and BBC Radio Scotland but, for the first time, streamed live world-wide through the BBC ALBA web site. Alex Gallacher and I also were more than willing to brave the winter weather condition and attend the Awards the 2nd time for Folk broadcast British.

Award highlights (full details below) included a double occasion for gifted piper Ross Ainslie, just who won author of the Year and returned to the phase and Treacherous Orchestra to pick up their particular Album of the season honor (Grind). Gaelic Singer of the Year winner Griogair Labhruidh (pictured kept) couldn’t have already been much more happy, and celebrated the win with a heartfelt rap that went down a storm (see below); and after the woman ground-breaking task, Pulse, Mairi Campbell received the award for Instrumentalist of the season.

In just one of the most used successes of this evening, the tireless work that continues on to market and develop the legacy of Martyn Bennett was handed because of recognition when it comes to second 12 months working, when Composer Greg Lawson accepted the big event of the Year honor after his astounding work with orchestrating Martyn’s work of art, Grit for the Celtic Connections 2015 starting concert – Nae Regrets. Along With praising the attempts regarding the Martyn Bennett Trust, Celtic Connections and BBC Scotland in aiding develop the big event, Greg in addition hinted at even more tasks later on…

Album of the year - Grind by Treacherous Orchestra. LtoR John Summervill, Innis Watson, Adam Sutherland and Ally Hutton. Image by Chris James 5/12/15

“We can now try to find even more shows for Grit, start writing Bothy community and accept Martyn Bennett’s embryonic concept of creating a landscape of songs which goes beyond edges and merely earns everybody else together.”

Of course, Na Trads only wouldn’t become exact same without real time songs together with festivities included a string of performances through the very best in the industry, as exemplified by Aly Bain, Phil Cunningham & Violet Tulloch. Skye based electronic/trad fusion musical organization Niteworks unsealed the proceedings, closely accompanied by Peatbog Faeries, just who also shut the show. The lads performed two typically lively and interesting units. Revolutionary clarsach player Catriona MacKay joined up with fiddler Chris Stout (fresh from taking Hirda, Shetland’s initially previously opera to the stage), and newcomers Dosca thrilled the viewers with regards to unique blend of jazz and folk.

If, but I was expected to choose the most notable performance associated with the night it could need to be when Duncan Chisholm took to the level with an ensemble that included Greg Lawson, Su-a Lee, Jarlath Henderson and Innes Watson in certain utterly enthralling options from Duncan’s Strathglass Trilogy.

There were in addition some really memorable vocal activities, included in this BBC Radio Scotland Young typical Musician of the season 2015, Clare Hastings, with a haunting performance of Song For No One. Celebrated Gaelic vocalists Cathy Ann MacPhee and Maggie MacInnes took to the level in honour of Maggie’s mommy, Flora MacNeil, whom passed on in 2010.

Other honors delivered on Saturday recognise essential contributions towards the Scottish music and tradition. The recipient associated with the annual Hamish Henderson providers to Traditional musical Award for 2015 was conventional singer, activist, songwriter, author, storyteller and publisher Ewan McVicar. There is in addition a Services to Gaelic Award for Dr John MacInnes. For over 50 many years John MacInnes has actually collected Gaelic tune and folklore and he’s extensively considered the world’s leading expert inside the field. It had been a pleasure and a privilege to know this great man discuss about it their love for their indigenous tradition.

Daimh, winner of Scottish folk musical organization of the year. Image by Chris James 5/12/15“When everything else reaches a finish, it is passion for music that endures”.

The prizes are almost regarded by every person involved due to the fact business’s annual Christmas night out, and also this is where the feeling of fun, relationship and community that is an essential ingredient for the Scottish scene shines through. Soon after Peatbog Faeries closed the tv show there was a lively ceilidh, giving everybody else a chance to get caught up and commence to relax, and this good deal certainly know how to unwind! The enjoyment performedn’t hold on there, of course, and there have been lively, impromptu bar sessions around the city to the early hours.

Next year’s gathering will again be staged at Caird Hall in Dundee. Given the hot greeting the city longer to the week-end’s lively site visitors, the ability regarding the organisers in producing these types of a complex yet perfect occasion; and, above all, the apparently limitless availability of creativity that exists in Scotland; it's certain to be an equally unforgettable occasion.

MG Alba Scots Trad Musical Awards – The Winners

Here’s a summary of all of the honor champions. From Folk broadcast UK, congratulations to all nominees and award winners on becoming recognised inside amazing share of talent. Also, a big many thanks to Simon Thoumire and Hands Up For Trad for another memorable occasion.

As Phil Cunningham remarked when announcing The League Of Highland Gentlemen as champions for the Up and Coming musician of the season

“The future of your past is in extremely safe fingers”

The full winners record with this year’s MG ALBA Scots Trad musical Awards:

Album of the season sponsored by Birnam CD – Grind by Treacherous Orchestra

Club of the Year sponsored by typical Arts and society Scotland – Orkney Accordion and Fiddle Club

Writer Of the season sponsored by PRS for Music – Ross Ainslie

Community Project of the season sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust – Live Music Today Scotland

Event of the season sponsored by VisitScotland – GRIT: Celtic Connections Starting Concert

Gaelic Singer of the Year sponsored by Macmeanmna – Griogair Labhruidh

Instrumentalist of the season sponsored by Royal Scottish Country Dance Community – Mairi Campbell

Live Act of the season sponsored by Greentrax Recordings – Rura

Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the season sponsored by Conventional Music and Song Association – Fiona Hunter

Scottish Dance Band of the season sponsored by National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs – Simon Howie

Scottish Folk Band of the season sponsored by Threads of Musical – Dàimh

Pipe Band of the Year sponsored because of the National Piping Centre – Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band

Trad Songs into the Media sponsored by Skipinnish – Port, BBC ALBA

Music Tutor of the season sponsored by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative – Jenn Butterworth

Rising musician of the Year sponsored because of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – League of Highland Gentlemen

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