The most prestigious awards ceremony in the traditional music calendar, the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, are returning for their 12th consecutive year and bringing the party to Inverness on Saturday, December 13th.
Nominations for the the 16 award categories feature some of Scotland’s best traditional musicians.
The public have until Friday, November 28th to cast their vote for who they want to see win in each category and with more than 87,900 votes cast, since organisers, Hands Up for Trad, announced the 2014 nominees the competition is hot.
There are a number of nominees from the Western Isles including Mischa Macpherson in the Gaelic Singer of the Year category.
Macpherson’s folk trio were among the hottest offerings at this year’s ever-popular Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival.
Community radio station Isles FM makes an appearance, as it is nominated in the Media Award category.
Julie Fowlis is nominated for the Folk Band of the Year category, whilst Skerryvore, Skipinnish, Peatbog Faeries and Gavin Marwick’s Journeyman Spectacular will battle it out for the coveted Live Act of the Year award.
Event founder and Hands Up for Trad’s Creative Director, Simon Thoumire said: “We cannot believe the response we have had, the number of votes is completely unprecedented. The fact that we’re coming to Inverness definitely has effected this - the traditional music scene in the city is phenomenal and it’s been a great year for music and culture. We’re following closely behind The Mod which credited Inverness for it being their biggest and best event yet. I’d encourage music fans not to delay in getting their tickets to ensure they can be part of this incredible night of live music.”
Provost of the City of Inverness, Councillor Alex Graham said: “It’s a great honour to welcome this high profile national event to the capital of the Highlands. We are encouraged that the number of votes being cast this year during the last week is a record, and has exceeded the overall total cast in 2013. Traditional Scottish music has deep roots in Gaelic and Highland culture, and this confirms that interest in it is flourishing.”
The public have until Friday 28th November to cast their vote for who they want to see win in each category, including Event of the Year, Album of the Year, Composer of the Year and Instrumentalist of the Year, by logging online: here
Winners who receive most industry and fan votes combined will then be unveiled on the night.