FIVE acts from the Highlands and Islands – including Lewis singer/songwriter Miss Irenie Rose – have been nominated for success in this year’s Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA).
Now in their fourth year, the awards draw necessary attention to the Scottish bands and artists that mainstream music tend to ignore.
Founder and Creative Director of the SAMA’s, Richy Muirhead, expands: “I think this is a great opportunity for new and old music fans to hear an eclectic bill of artists from all over Scotland.
“It’s an exciting time for the SAMAs going into year four, the music scene is very much alive and the short-list of nominees is excellent.”
Miss Irenie Rose has been nominated for award in the ‘Best Newcomer’ category and is up against acts Honeyblood, The Holy Ghosts, Model Jet Pilot, Ded Rabbit and Miss Lucid.
Also in nominated within the Highlands and Islands region are Inverness rock band Roadway (Best Live Act); Inverness electro/hip-hop/rap trio Team Kapowski (Best Hip Hop); Inverness electro duo Them & Us (Best Electronic), and Nairn’s Jemma Tweedie (Best Acoustic).
Highlands and Islands nominees were chosen by Netsounds Unsigned and make up a list of 42 nominees chosen by leading figureheads in the Scottish music industry from across the country.
Nominations are now put out to a 10-day public vote before the Awards take place at the Glasgow Garage on Friday, March 8th.
For a full list of nominations and to cast your vote, visit www.officialsama.co.uk