MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2013 – The Results!

MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards Results 2013
Posted on December 6, 2013 by simon

The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards celebrated its 11th year in style tonight (Saturday 7th December) with a glittering awards ceremony which was the biggest and best yet!

Broadcasted live on BBC ALBA, the awards- organised by Hands Up for Trad- saw stars of the Scottish music scene flock to Aberdeen’s Music Hall to celebrate and honour the very best of traditional Scottish talent. This year’s glamorous ceremony was hosted by Mary Ann Kennedy and Tony Kearney. Winners of the prestigious awards were selected by almost 90,000 public votes.

Event Founder and Hands Up for Trad Creative Director: Simon Thoumire says: “Tonight has been amazing and we’re proud to have been awarding Trad talent for the 11th year. A massive congratulations to all our winners and nominees and to the public for taking the time to vote.

“We’d also like to thank MG ALBA for their continued support of the awards and are privileged that this is the 6th year they have sponsored us, their contribution is invaluable.”

This year’s notable winners include Tiree Music Festival which scooped the Event of the Year Award, Sponsored by VisitScotland. It has been a momentous year for the festival which sold out in record time – tripling the population of Tiree over the festival weekend and has already won three prestigious awards in 2013 – ‘Best Cultural Event’ at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards, ‘Best Small Festival’ for the second year in a row at the Scottish Event Awards and Best Cultural Event in Scotland at the Thistle Awards. It has also been announced that the festival will be extended to three days in 2014.

Other winners of the prestigious prizes included National Piping Centre (Glasgow) scooping Venue of the Year; the PRS for Music award for Composer of the Year was taken by Donald Shaw; Blazin’ Fiddles bagged Scottish Folk Band of the Year and the prestigious Album of the year was won by Room Enough For All by Battlefield Band. Please find a full list of winners below.

The evening was concluded by a fantastic array of performances from the country’s Trad music stars including, Kathleen MacInnes, Blazin’ Fiddles, Brian Gear and Voilet Tulloch, North East North East Folk Collective, Paddy Callaghan Trio (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award Winner 2013), The Shee, Ross Ainsley Band. Deoch ‘n’ Dorus, Tom Spiers and family and Bucksburn & District Pipe Band.

Donald Campbell, Chief Executive of event sponsors MG ALBA says: “The Trads recognize those that have achieved excellence and we at MG ALBA are delighted to have been involved once again as sponsors.”

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The full winners list for this year’s MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards:

Album of the Year sponsored by Birnam CD- Room Enough For All by Battlefield Band

Club of the Year sponsored by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society – Folklub

Composer of the Year sponsored by PRS for Music – Donald Shaw

Community Project of the Year sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust – Gizzen Briggs (Tain Royal Academy)

Event of the Year sponsored by VisitScotland – Tiree Music Festival

Gaelic Singer of the Year sponsored by Macmeanmna – Rachel Walker

Instrumentalist of the Year sponsored by Temple Records – Chris Stout (Shetland)

Live Act of the Year sponsored by Greentrax Recordings – Breabach

Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association – Siobhan Miller

Scottish Dance Band of the Year sponsored by National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs – Trail West

Scottish Folk Band of the Year sponsored by All Celtic Music – Blazin’ Fiddles

Pipe Band of the Year sponsored by The National Piping Centre – Ullapool and District Junior Pipe Band

Trad Music in the Media – BBC Radio Scotland Travelling Folk

Music Tutor of the Year sponsored by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative – Corrina Hewat (Borders)

Up and Coming Artist of the Year sponsored by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland -Robert Robertson

Venue of the Year Award – National Piping Centre, Glasgow


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