Scottish Traditional Music Awards

Saturday night played host to the annual Scottish Traditional Music Awards – an event that is perhaps not as well known as it should be, but which is very important to the local music industry. The Scottish Traditional Music Awards were held at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow, Scotland, on December 6, 2008.

Those who turned up for the event were resplendent in their evening finery as they got ready to pay tribute to the traditional music of Scotland. The annual event was organized by the Hands For Tradition development agency and was co-presented by Tom Kearney and Mary Ann Kennedy. The event opened with a welcoming address by the culture minister, Linda Fabiani, who announced during the course of the speech that a new parliamentary group was being arranged to help further the traditional music of Scotland. After that it was time for participants to let their hair down and enjoy the show with traditional Scottish music act Capercaillie providing a vibrant and lively opening act. More great traditional Scottish music was provided by the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, the St Roch’s School’s youngsters, Lau, Session A9, Breabach and legendary Hall of Famer John Carmichael.

By the end of the evening more than a handful of great artists had climbed the steps to the stage to pick up an award for their brilliant contribution to Scottish music. Duncan Chrisholm for Farrar won Album Of The Year, while Edinburgh’s Wee Folk Club took the Club Of The Year award. Blair Douglas was given the distinction of being named Composer Of The Year, while Margaret Steward was honored with the Gaelic Singer Of The Year award. Capercaillie returned to the stage not long after their vibrant performance to scoop up the Services To Gaelic Music award, while Arthur Cormack was given the Services To Industry award for his contribution to Scottish music over the course of the year. Other award winners were: Ceolas (Community Project Of The Year), Piping Live! (Event Of The Year), Kris Drever (Instrumentalist Of The Year), Peatbog Faeries (Live Act Of The Year), Emily Smith (Scots Singer Of The Year), Skipinnish (Scottish Dance Band Of The Year), The Chair (Scottish Folk Band Of The Year), ScottishPower (Scottish Pipe Band Of The Year), Jeana Leslie & Siobhan Miller (Up And Coming Artist), Scottish Fiddle Orchestra (Strathspey & Reel Society Of The Year) and the Perth Concert Hall (Venue Of The Year). Inductees into the Hall of Fame included the Alexander Brothers, Runrig, Pipe Major Ian McLellan, Alasdair Gillies, Dougie Maclean, Jean Redpath and John Carmichael. All in all it was a fantastic event.