Aberdeen will host the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards next month with a stellar line-up already confirmed.
Known as the Folk Oscars, the prestigious awards will be held at the Music Hall on Saturday December 7 from 7pm and broadcast live on BBC ALBA.
The awards offer the highest cash prize in Scottish music, financially matched only by the Mercury Music Prize.
Presented by Mary Ann Kennedy and Kim Carnie the awards will also be streamed worldwide on BBC iPlayer.
Leading Scottish musicians and singers will perform including internationally acclaimed artists Skerryvore, Heisk and Benedict Morris , the 2019 winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician.
Also performing are Kris Drever, Sian, Robyn Stapleton, Aberdeenshire Youth Band, Session A9, Mairi Campbell and the Pendulum Band (of Sex and the City’s Auld Lang Syne fame), and Susan MacFadyen Scottish Dance Band.
The highly regarded annual awards give recognition to excellence within Scotland’s thriving musical culture, encompassing all aspects of making and performing traditional music from composing, Gaelic song, folk, Scottish dance music, pipe bands and a host of others in between.
The 18 categories include The Highland Society of London’s Gaelic Singer of the Year, Album of The Year, Live Act of the Year, Scots Singer of the Year, PRS Music’s Composer of Year and Instrumentalist of the Year.
The short-list has for the awards have been confirmed.
Event founder and promoter, Simon Thoumire, said: “As always, the Trad Awards amaze me.
“ It shows the strength of the scene, breadth of talent and sheer scale of the industry.
“We are really excited to announce two new awards this year, each with important recognition; The Trad Video of The Year and Musician of The Year.”
Among the seventeen Awards up for grabs at the annual music Oscars is the mighty Belhaven Bursary for Innovation.
It rewards innovative musicians with a career-changing investment of £25,000 to support the winning act to progress unique ideas and empower creation.
On top of this, the award is also accompanied by the brewing of a collaboration ale with the winner’s name, alongside an appearance at the legendary Belhaven Brewery Post Parade Party in New York during Tartan Week.
The Shortlist is:
Album of the Year sponsored by Birnam CD
1. Beyond, by Talisk
2. Drawn From Deep Water, by Gnoss
3. Free One, by Kinnaris Quintet
4. Frenzy of the Meeting, by Breabach
5. Laws Of Motion, by Karine Polwart, Steven Polwart & Inge Thomson
6. Mercury, by Siobhan Miller
7. Neath the Gloaming Star, by Hannah Rarity
8. Steer By The Stars, by Skipinnish
9. The Reeling, by Brìghde Chaimbeul
10. What Makes You, by Elephant Sessions
Belhaven Bursary for Innovation
2. Kinnaris Quintet
5. Ross Ainslie
7. Karine Polwart
8. Project Smok
10. Treacherous Orchestra
Club of the Year, sponsored by Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS)
1. Largs Folk Nights
2. Sutherland Sessions
3. Button and Bows Accordion and Fiddle club
4. Montrose Folk Club
Composer of the Year, sponsored by PRS for Music
1. Catriona Hawksworth
2. Hayley Keenan
3. Jenna Reid
4. Mischa MacPherson
Community Project of the Year
1. Blazin’ in Beauly
2. Kin in the community
3. SEALL Festival of Small Halls held on Skye last November.
4. Bogha Frois
Event of the Year, sponsored by VisitScotland
1. Scotland at Lorient – Feis Rois
2. Tiree Music Festival
3. Alba Choir at Eurovision
4. Under Canvas in partnership with Eden Court
Gaelic Singer of the Year, sponsored by The Highland Society of London
1. Brian O’Headra
2. Ceitlin Lilidh
3. Kim Carnie
4. Mary Ann Kennedy
Musician of the Year, sponsored by The University of the Highlands and Islands
1. Adam Sutherland
2. Jenn Butterworth
3. Paul Anderson
4. Ross B Wilson
5. Signy Jakobsdottir
6. Tom Oakes
Live Act of the Year, sponsored by Greentrax Recordings
1. Peat and Diesel
5. The Outside Track