Hands Up for Trad have announced Billy Connolly is amongst the 2017 Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame inductees, honouring the work and dedication of musicians and industry people who have both influenced and helped to shape Scottish traditional music throughout their lives.
A total of 20 performers and influential trad stars will be recognised at the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner, hosted by Hands Up for Trad on Friday 27th October at Glasgow’s Òran Mór.
One of the best-known faces in comedy the world over, Billy Connolly, is joined by singer-songwriter Rab Noakes, Bobby Crowe and Cathy Ann MacPhee in the Performers category, alongside Jock Tamson’s Bairns, Kenneth McKellar and Christin Primrose whose latest release ‘Gràdh is Gonadh – Guth ag aithris’ was a recent Featured Album of the Month here.
Other notable inductees include Matthew Fitt and James Robertson of Itchy Coo, which has been translating well-known books into the Scots language since 2002. The duo will receive the Services to Scots honour for their commitment to encouraging better understanding and a greater acceptance of the Scots Language across all aspects of Scottish life.
Award-winning singer and lifelong Gaelic advocate Kenna Campbell is also being awarded for her Services to Gaelic.
The Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame first started in 2005 and celebrates the influence of the numerous musicians and industry people who have helped to make traditional music what it is today. A full list of inductees is below.
Event founder and promoter, Simon Thoumire, said: “Each year we honour a uniquely inspiring group of people and this year’s list shows there’s a never-ending pool of talent in Scotland. It’s an honour and privilege to see so many fantastic names involved in the Scottish traditional music industry and observe the impact they’re continuing to make. We are looking forward to hosting these inspirational people and their families at our Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner.”
Tickets for the Scottish Traditional Music Hall Of Fame dinner are available to buy online now via www.halloffame.scot.
As well as celebrating established talent, Hands Up for Trad provides a platform for new and emerging artists and performers across its programme. Hands Up for Trad is regularly funded by Creative Scotland and exists to promote Scottish Traditional Music to audiences, artists and participants through education, Information and advocacy. The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, hailed as the most prestigious awards ceremony in the traditional music calendar, returns on 2nd December to Paisley, as the city makes its bid for UK City of Culture 2021. We’ll have more on this very soon.
Full List of Inductees:
Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Performer inductees
Jock Tamson’s Bairns
Services to Gaelic
Services to Scots
Itchy Coo – Matthew Fitt and James Robertson
Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music
Services to Community