MacPhail – week 47

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For anyone needing a bit of escape from the rigours being bombarded by the bluster of the current General Election campaigning, give yourself a short therapy session and click on the Trad Music Awards website.

Here you can contemplate the placing of your votes without the worry that doing so will bring about the disaster that is being predicted and counter-predicted across most parties in current cartoon-like weavings of Westminster!  Voting for one band over the other, for one festival instead of another, or being extreme in your choice of which album was best in the last year, will have no more critical a potential outcome than who’s buying the first round of drinks in Aberdeen in a few weeks’ time.

The Trad Music Awards were born in 2003 and are powering proudly into their 17th year with the customary awards ceremony to be held in the newly-refurbished Aberdeen Music Hall on December 7.   Voting comes to an end this Sunday, November 24, with the results of the online ballot to be announced on the big night.

Musicians are a funny breed and the music industry with all its ups and downs, contradictions, complications, competition among those with no interest to compete and a myriad of other catalysts can cause an already generally eccentric group of people to become even more so.  Despite the extra pressures felt by musicians faced with the horror of having to canvas for votes, the Trad Music Awards are a great way of bringing so many in the music industry together for one night every year to let their hair down and have a good party in the company of friends and colleagues.

The publicity brought about by winning some of the categories can be very important to the nominees, but as a whole, the awards are good for the entire presence of the Traditional Music Industry.  Who wins the individual gongs is less significant than the over all benefit created.

One of the most valuable aspects of the awards is the retrospective showing of respect to figures of the past as they are inducted into the Traditional Music Hall of Fame.  Many of the inductees are those whose contribution over many years, have played an important role in creating the music scene of today. Many, too, have been inducted posthumously for important roles played in the music world.

It is for these people and the many volunteers, teachers, committee members and others working quietly in the background that the Trad Music Awards are most important.  When awards are given to those who would never dream of seeking adulation or publicity for themselves, that is when they are most vital. It is these modest stalwarts that the publicity-hungry dandies like the rest of us will be toasting on December 7 in The Aberdeen Music Hall.  Vote Now!