Hands Up for Trad today revealed that voting for this year’s MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards is now open and it’s up to the public to decide who they want to be nominated. The winners will be crowned at a glistening ceremony held at the Caird Hall, Dundee, on Saturday 3rd December.
The exciting announcement was made today via Facebook live, as MG ALBA (The Gaelic Media Service) pledged their continued support for the coveted awards. The public now have until Friday 14th October to cast their vote for who they want to see shortlisted in 16 categories, including Live Act of the Year, Composer of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year and Gaelic Singer of the Year by visiting: www.scotstradmusicawards.com.
Below you can find the sterling list of nominees (with video preview) for the top 20 longlist for Scottish Traditional Albums of the Year 2016. Determined by a panel of industry experts, the heavyweight category is arguably one of the most sought after awards and competition is stiff this year. Those we have reviewed are linked below…that is most of them.
Scottish Traditional Albums of the Year 2016 – The Longlist
Abyss by Talisk (live review link)
Nathanial Gow’s Dance Band by Concerto Caledonia
Pendulum by Gillian Frame
Trig by Tannara
Winners will be unveiled at the most prestigious date in Scotland’s cultural calendar, the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Award ceremony. Tickets to attend are on sale from the Caird Hall box office on 01382 434 940 or by visiting www.dundeebox.co.uk.
Hands Up for Trad and sponsors work hard to provide a platform for Scottish talent, with the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2016, hailed the most prestigious awards ceremony in the traditional music calendar. They return to Caird Hall, Dundee, for a second year on Saturday 3rd December.
This year’s ceremony will see some of the biggest names in Scottish traditional music perform, including Scott Wood Band, Songs of Separation and Mohsen Amini – who was crowned BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician 2016 – and many more.
Event founder and promoter, Simon Thoumire, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to bring the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards to Dundee for the second year in a row as we celebrate our 14th year. We owe a huge thank you to MG ALBA for their ongoing support – we’ve had a fantastic partnership with them over the years and we will continue to work together to promote our Scottish and Gaelic Traditional Music and culture.
“The Caird Hall was the perfect venue to celebrate Scotland’s tremendous talent and bring traditional music in all its forms into the spotlight. We can’t wait to celebrate at a terrific ceremony, so make sure you get a ticket and join the party on Saturday 3rd December.”
Iseabail Mactaggart MG ALBA Director of Development and Partnerships said:
“MG ALBA has been the major supporter of the Trad Music Awards since 2008 and we are delighted once again to support what is the highlight of the Traditional music calendar in Scotland.
The Traditional music scene in Scotland and on the international stage continues to grow and we are delighted to have been able to play our part in supporting that growth and the development of the huge, talented pool of Traditional and Gaelic musicians and singers that Scotland has to offer.
We look forward to working with Hands up for Trad again and returning to Dundee for the 2016 Trad Awards in December”