ONLY three days left to vote for your favourite Scots traditional musician or singer – including five island acts – as the deadline for the 2012 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards looms on Wednesday, November 21st
Two Leodhasach singers are battling it out for the title of Gaelic Singer of the Year – former Gress resident Gillie Mackenzie and Lewis lass Isobel Ann Martin, who released her stunning debut album ‘Duslach is Or’ (Dust and Gold) earlier this year.
“I was delighted and totally shocked to have been nominated!” said Isobel Ann, better known as Bellan, adding: “It’s a privilege to be nominated amongst all the other fantastic musicians up for awards this year.”
Competing in the same category is Gillie Mackenzie – another former Mod Gold Medallist who also released her first solo album – ‘Griais’ – this year,
Gillie was ‘totally and utterly stunned’ when news of her nomination came in, but said: “It’s important for us all to remember that this is not a competition in the real sense of the word, but more a coming together of lots of musicians as a vehicle for showcasing the fantastic variety of traditional music that’s on offer in Scotland.”
South Uist born singer Kathleen MacInnes is another island talent nominated in the Awards, in the ‘Album of the Year’ category for her latest release ‘Cille Bhride’ (Kilbride).
Former Back piper James Duncan Mackenzie is in the running with band Breabach in the ‘Scottish Folk Band of the Year’ category.
And North Uist starlet Julie Fowlis has also been nominated – for the ‘Trad Music in the Media’ award thanks to her fabulous involvement in the Pixar hit ‘Brave’.
“This has been an amazing year for us on lots of levels, and it’s always an honour to have your work recognised by your ‘own’ folk at the Scots Trad Music Awards,” said Julie.
To view a full list of 2012 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Award nominations – and to cast your all important votes – visit www.scottishcultureonline.com/scotstradmusicawards