The shortlist has been announced for the Scots Trad Music Awards 2015, and a glittering awards ceremony is on its way to Dundee
The 13th consecutive Scots Trad Music Awards (STMA) comes to Dundee’s Caird Hall for the first time on Saturday, December 5,
continuing its tradition of showcasing the very best in Scottish traditional music.
Tthe Awards are organised by Hands up for Trad and will see sixteen awards handed out to the best traditional talent from across Scotland.
Over its thirteen consecutive years STMA created a large following, who enjoy seeing some of the biggest names in traditional music perform at the ceremony.
Live acts confirmed to perform at this year’s event include twice-winners of “Live Act of the Year” Peatbog Faeries and BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2015 Claire Hastings – catch our interview with her in this month’s magazine!
“It’s been an eventful year for Trad music in Scotland and we have a lot to celebrate on December 5th – make sure you join us for a brilliant night!” said event founder and promoter, Simon Thoumire.
The awards annually recognise the very best in traditional music throughout Scotland and manages to seamlessly merge together different sub-genres and celebrate old and new traditions in music.
“Traditional music is alive and well throughout Scotland”
Donald Campbell, Chief Executive of MG ALBA, who are sponsoring the Awards, was delighted to be bringing them to Dundee for the first time
“The mix of nominees and the geographical spread across the various categories demonstrate that Traditional music is alive and well throughout Scotland.”
BBC Alba will be covering the event live on their Scotland-wide channel, and for the first time they’ll also be streaming world-wide on www.bbc.co.uk/alba.
BBC Radio Scotland will also be broadcasting the awards live from the event, which runs 9pm – 11pm.
FULL LIST OF NOMINEES
Album of the Year
Grind by Treacherous Orchestra
Upsurge by Scott Wood Band
In the Wake of Neil Gunn by Mike Vass
Despite The Dark by RURA
North by Blazin’ Fiddles
The Untied Knot by Shooglenifty
When the Day is on the Turn by Dallahan
Flight of Time by Siobhan Miller
Blackhouse by Peatbog Faeries
The Bell That Never Rang by Lau
Club of the Year
Haddington Box and Fiddle Club
Irvine Folk Club
Strathaven Folk Club
Orkney Accordion and Fiddle Club
Composer of the Year
Community Project of the Year
Live Music Now Scotland
Blackford Fiddle group
Small Hall Band
Event of the Year
Grit opening concert, Celtic Connections
Kirriemuir Folk Fest
Skerryvore – Decade
Gaelic Singer of the Year
Fiona MacKenzie (Dingwall)
Instrumentalist of the Year
Live Act of the Year
Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year
Dance Band of the Year
The Full Scottish
Folk Band of the Year
Kate in the Kettle
Scottish Pipe Band of the Year
Shott’s and Dykehead
Johnstone Pipe Band
Trad Music in the Media
Box and Fiddle Mag
Lorne MacDougall’s PlanetPipe
Brian Miller – Diamond Folk
Port, BBC ALBA
Music Tutor of the Year
Barbara Anderson (Huntly)
Up and Coming Artist of the Year
Gráinne Brady & Tina Jordan Rees
League of Highland Gentlemen
Venue of the Year
Glassel hall, Banchory
Lyth Arts Centre
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