Record numbers vote at Trad Music awards

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Skerryvore - Best Live Act

Tiree’s folk rock band Skerryvore took the title of Best Live Act on Saturday evening at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.

This was one of a number of awards handed out to the cream of Scottish traditional music performers, including Gaelic/English rock folk band Mànran who took the title of Album of the Year and Mànran singer Norrie McVicar was awarded Gaelic Singer of the Year.

Mànran -Album of the Year

Well known Celtic music band Battlefield Band, which includes Mànran’s Ewen Henderson from Fort William, won Folk Band of the Year.

A record number of almost 100,000 votes were cast online by the public and winners were announced by hosts Mary Ann Kennedy and Tony Kearney at a glittering ceremony at the Perth Concert Hall.

Ten artists were also chosen by a panel comprised of their peers and the award organisers to be inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall Of Fame. They are John Watt, Ian Duncan, Billy Thom, Alasdair Fraser, Bert Jansch, Donald MacLeod (Islay), Tannahill Weavers, Bobby MacLeod, Tobar an Dualchais – Kist O Riches, Arthur Cormack.  Skye Gaelic singer and musician Arthur Cormack was awarded the Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music Award.

The night was rounded off by some fantastic performances from winners Skerryvore, party starters Peatbog Faeries, the incredible Barbara Dickson Band and emerging talent Kristen Harvey and the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland.
The event, celebrating the best of Scottish Traditional and Gaelic music and song, will be broadcast tonight (Monday, December 5, 2011)  by BBC ALBA at 10pm.