News - Scots Trad Music Awards

The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards celebrated their 15th year in style on Saturday night by bringing the biggest and best names in trad to a glitzy award ceremony in Paisley...

Press Release

Broadcast live on BBC ALBA, BBC Radio Scotland and globally through the BBC ALBA website, the prestigious awards - organised by Hands Up for Trad - saw stars of the Scottish music scene take to Paisley’s Lagoon Centre to celebrate and honour the very best of traditional talent. With performances from The Shee Big Band, Elephant Sessions, Siobhan Miller and many more, the event proved why it’s hailed as one of the biggest events in Scotland’s cultural calendar, helping Paisley continue to shine as it bids for UK City of Culture 2021.

This year’s notable winners include Elephant Sessions, who clinched the coveted Album of the Year award, sponsored by Birnam CD, for their second album ‘All We Have is Now’ which pushes the edge of their folk-rock sound. This year has been a busy one for the band, having toured the UK and Europe promoting their album to mass critical acclaim.

Elephant Sessions
Newly crowned World Pipe Band Champions for 2017, Inveraray & District Pipe Band celebrated another victory as they fought off stiff competition to scoop the Scottish Pipe Band of the Year sponsored by The Glenturret Single Malt Whisky.

Greentrax Recording’s Live Act of the Year went to trad heavyweights Skipinnish. The band kicked 2017 off with a bang, releasing the hugely popular single, “Alive”, reaching number 26 in the UK music charts, followed by a new album “The Seventh Wave” and a sold-out album launch tour. Skipinnish are sponsors of the Trad Music in the Media category, which was won by BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Other winners of the raft of prestigious prizes handed out on the night included Gaelic Singer of the Year winner, Robert Robertson, who beat off stiff competition from Mary Ann Kennedy, Alasdair MacIlleBhàin and Calum Alex MacMillan. Talisk - one of the fastest rising bands in UK Folk scene – clinched the Scottish Folk Band of the Year award sponsored by Threads of Sound.

Hands Up for Trad, which is supported by Creative Scotland, exists to promote Scottish traditional music through education, information and advocacy to artists, audiences and participants throughout Scotland and beyond. Hands Up for Trad's Creative Director Simon Thoumire, said: “Every year we welcome some of the best talent in the world to these awards, and we are honoured to see our 15th year one of the biggest and best yet. We’ve had an outstanding evening with immense talent being showcased and celebrated, so congratulations once again to all of tonight’s nominees and worthy winners.

“We would also like to thank the Paisley 2021 Bid team, for being such warm hosts, Renfrewshire Council for their overwhelming support this year and finally, huge thanks to MG ALBA for their continued contribution to the awards and for allowing the entire world that chance to tune in and enjoy the evening with us – we can’t thank you enough for your support.

“We’re thrilled to announce that in 2018 the Scots Trad Awards are headed to Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 1st December – stay tuned for all our exciting news.”

Listen to Wet Field Day from the album All We Have Is Now by Elephant Sessions

The full list of winners (in italics) and nominees is below

Album of the Year sponsored by Birnam CDs

All We Have Is Now by Elephant Sessions (winner)
Afterlight by Ímar
An Dà Là - The Two Days by Mànran
An Dàn - Gaelic Songs for a Modern World by Mary Ann Kennedy
Bere by Saltfishforty
Fiddle + Guitar by Ross Couper + Tom Oakes
Mac Ile by The Islay Sessioners
Room with a View by Old Blind Dogs
Ryan Young by Ryan Young
Strata by Siobhan Miller

Community Project of the Year sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust

Tiree Songbook (winner)
EPL events (Angus)
SCaT (Aberdeen)
Fun Fiddle (Edinburgh)

Composer of the Year sponsored by PRS for Music

Adam Sutherland (winner)
Ailie Robertson
Lauren MacColl
Angus MacPhail
Aidan O’Rourke

Live Act of the Year sponsored by Greentrax Recordings

Skipinnish (winner)
Elephant Sessions
Tide Lines

Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association

Siobhan Miller (winner)
Hannah Rarity
Iona Fyfe
Claire Hastings
Blue Rose Code

Up and Coming Artist Award sponsored by Royal Scottish Conservatoire

Hò-rò (winner)
Heron Valley
Brighde Chaimbeul

Music Tutor of the Year sponsored by Creative Scotland

Emma Tomlinson (winner)
Keith Dickson
Dave Martin
James Alexander
Pippa Reid-Foster

Gaelic Singer of the Year sponsored by Macmeanmna

Robert Robertson (winner)
Mary Ann Kennedy
Alasdair Whyte
Calum Alex MacMillan

Folk Band of the Year sponsored by Threads of Sound

Talisk (winner)
Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente
Routes Quartet

Dance Band of the Year sponsored by National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs

Duncan Black Band (winner)
James Coutts Scottish Dance Band
John Carmichael Ceilidh Band
David Halcrow Band

Scottish Pipe Band of the Year sponsored by The Glenturret Single Malt Whisky

Inveraray & District Pipe Band (winner)
Royal Mail Burgh of Annan Pipe Band
Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band
Dollar Academy Pipe Band

Club of the Year sponsored by Tradition Arts and Culture Scotland

Edinburgh Folk Club (winner)
Arc Sessions (Fochabers)
Clydesdale Accordion Club (Lanark)
Campsie Accordion & Fiddle Club

Instrumentalist of the Year sponsored by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

Gary Innes (winner)
Jennifer Wrigley
Roisin Ann Hughes
Paul Anderson
Maeve Gilchrist

Event of the Year sponsored by VisitScotland

A Night For Angus (Shooglenifty at Celtic Connections) (winner)
Killin Music Festival
International Harp Festival (Edinburgh)
Oban Live
Wind Resistance (Karine Polwart)

Trad Music in the Media sponsored by Skipinnish

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (winner)
BBC Radio nan Gaidheal A' Mire ri Mòir
Seirm (Bees Nees Media)

Venue of the Year sponsored by Musicians' Union

Tolbooth (Stirling) (winner)
An Lanntair (Stornoway)
Knoydart Community Hall
Glassel Hall (Aberdeenshire)

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