Julie and Mischa top the nominations list for Trad Awards

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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 13th December.

After weeks of anticipation and thousands of nominations from the public, the shortlist for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards has been unveiled – honouring Scotland’s best traditional musicians, with some of the biggest names nominated across 16 categories.

The glamorous awards will take place at Inverness Leisure on Saturday 13th December, with tickets available via Eden Court Theatre (www.eden-court.co.uk) or by calling the box office on 01463 234 234.

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 at: cast your vote

Those who receive the most industry and fan votes combined will be unveiled on the night.

Throughout their 12-year history, the awards have continued to showcase the best of Scottish traditional musicians and bands.

Amongst the names to watch this year is Robyn Stapleton, one of the nominees for Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year, who gave a beautiful performance at The Commonwealth Games this year, singing the specially commissioned song “Here’s To All Our Common Wealth” as part of The Big Song Relay. Stapleton is also the winner of the 2014 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Music Award.

There are also a number of prominent nominees in this year’s Gaelic Singer of the Year category, including Angus MacLeod and Mischa Macpherson.

Macpherson’s folk trio were among the hottest offerings at this year’s ever-popular Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival.

Folk group Barluath, nominated in the Up and Coming Artist of the Year category, will join Mischa Macpherson in showing that traditional music is increasingly popular with younger generations.

Skerryvore, Skipinnish, Peatbog Faeries and Gavin Marwick’s Journeyman Spectacular will battle it out for the coveted Live Act of the Year award, while Julie Fowlis and The Scott Wood Band are amongst the Folk Band of the Year nominees this year.

Event founder and promoter Simon Thoumire said: “We are thrilled to bring the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards to Inverness to celebrate our 12th year.

“As a city, Inverness has a great music scene and having just recently hosted The Royal National Mod, we know there is a wealth of support for traditional music in the area.

“This year’s nominees are of such a high calibre and really showcase the burgeoning talent we have in the Scotland’s traditional music scene.

“We’d like to thank MG ALBA for their continued support of the awards and to Inverness and the Highland Council for welcoming us with open arms.

“We are excited to make this year our biggest and best year yet, so make sure you get your ticket and join in the celebrations on Saturday 13 December.”

Pictured are the Mischa Macpherson Trio, photo courtesy of Louise Bichan, BBC Radio 2.