Record breaking votes for MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2014


The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards nominations shortlist has had more votes in just one week, just over 100,000, than during the five week voting period in 2013 (87,900), since organisers, Hands Up for Trad, announced the 2014 nominees.  Tickets for the event are also selling faster than ever before and music fans are encouraged to snap theirs up to avoid disappointment.


‘The Trads’ are the most prestigious awards ceremony in the traditional music calendar and are bringing the party to Inverness Leisure on Saturday 13th December, with tickets available via Eden Court Theatre ( or by calling the box office on 01463 234 234.


As well as 16 prestigious awards being handed out, the evening will see performances from the best talent on the scene including Rura, 2014 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Music Award winner Robyn Stapleton, Fiddlers Bid and Cruinn


Event founder and Hands Up for Trad’s Creative Director, Simon Thoumire said: “We cannot believe the response we have had, the number of votes is completely unprecedented.  The fact that we’re coming to Inverness definitely has effected this - the traditional music scene in the city is phenomenal and it’s been a great year for music and culture.  We’re following closely behind The Mod which credited Inverness for it being their biggest and best event yet.  I’d encourage music fans not to delay in getting their tickets to ensure they can be part of this incredible night of live music.”


Provost of the City of Inverness, Councillor Alex Graham said: “It’s a great honour to welcome this high profile national event to the capital of the Highlands. We are encouraged that the number of votes being cast this year during the last week is a record, and has exceeded the overall total cast in 2013. Traditional Scottish music has deep roots in Gaelic and Highland culture, and this confirms that interest in it is flourishing.”


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  Winners who receive most industry and fan votes combined will then be unveiled on the night. ♯TRADAWARDS



The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards are produced by Hands up for Trad, and supported by:



MG ALBA is the operating name of Seirbheisnam Meadhanan Gàidhlig (Gaelic Media Service). MG ALBA works in partnership with the BBC to deliver BBC ALBA. Find out more about MG ALBA and about the partnership at or visit or Twitter @gaelicmedia


The Highland Council, Creative Scotland, Glenfiddich and the sponsors below.


The full shortlist for this years MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards: 


Album of the Year - Sponsored by Birnam CD

  • Live at Celtic Connections (Duncan Chisholm)
  • Heirs and Graces (Adam Holmes)
  • Brightest Path (Patsy Reid)
  • Echoes (Emily Smith)


Club of the Year - Sponsored by Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS)

  • Tin Hut Sessions
  • Acoustic Music Club
  • Folk at the Salmon Bothy
  • Coalburn Box and Fiddle Club


Community Project of the Year - Sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust

  • Stirling Scots Song Project
  • The Big Song Relay
  • Summer Isles Festival
  • Inverness Gaelic Choir


Composer of the YearSponsored by PRS for Music

  • Tina Rees
  • Jim Sutherland
  • Findlay Napier
  • Inga Thompson
  • Gavin Marwick


Event of the Year - Sponsored by visitscotland

  • GRIT: The Martyn Bennett Story
  • Struileag
  • Boomerang
  • Girvan Folk Festival


Gaelic Singer of the YearSponsored by Macmeanmna

  • Angus macleod
  • Linda macleod
  • Mischa Macpherson
  • Ewen Henderson


Trad Music in the Media Award - Sponsored by Skipinnish

  • Hotchkiss Hotchpotch - Celtic Music Radio
  • Folk Radio UK
  • Isles FM
  • Living Tradition Magazine


Instrumentalist of the YearSponsored by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

  • Catriona mckay
  • Rachel Newton
  • Mike Vass
  • James macintosh
  • Ewan macpherson


Live Act of the Year - Sponsored by Greentrax

  • Skipinnish 
  • Gavin Marwicks Journeyman Spectacular
  • Skerryvore 
  • Peatbog Faeries


Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the YearSponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland

  • Robyn Stapleton
  • Emily Smith
  • Ewan maclennan
  • Gerda Stevenson
  • Scott Gardener


Scottish Dance Band of the YearSponsored by the National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs

  • Jack Delaney Scottish Dance Band 
  • Da Fustra 
  • Matthew maclennan Scottish Dance Band
  • Burns Brothers Ceilidh Band 


Scottish Folk Band of the Year  - Sponsored by Threads of Sound

  • Julie Fowlis 
  • Daimh
  • Heidi Talbot Band
  • Scott Wood Band


Pipe Band of the YearSponsored by The National Piping Centre

  • Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band
  • West Lothian Schools Pipe Band
  • Inverary and District Pipe Band
  • Bleary and District Band


Up and Coming Artist of the YearSponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

  • Twelfth Day
  • Cherrygrove
  • The Elephant Sessions 
  • Dallahan 
  • Barluath
  • Salthouse 


Music Tutor of the YearSponsored by Creative Scotland's Youth Music Initiative

  • Douglas Montgomery
  • Hamish Napier
  • Debbie Ross
  • Eunice Henderson


Venue of the Year Award

  • Stirling Tolbooth
  • Queen’s Hall (Edinburgh)
  • Ceilidh Place (Ullapool)
  • Perth Concert Hall
21 Nov 2014
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