BBC Alba viewers can find out how are the winners in this year’s MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards when they watch the live two hour special from Scotland’s prestigious traditional music awards ceremony on Saturday 7th December.
Mary Ann Kennedy and Tony Kearney will host Na Trads from Aberdeen Music Hall and viewers will be able to witness some of the coveted awards being presented on the night as well as exclusive live performances from Scotland’s leading folk acts including Kathleen MacInnes, Blazin’ Fiddles, The Shee and Ross Ainslie.
The awards have been running since 2003 and since 2008 have been televised on BBC ALBA, but this is the first time the awards have been held in the North East of Scotland.
Nominees this year include fiddler Adam Sutherland from Foyers, who is nominated as Composer of the Year, while Gaelic quartet Cruinn, comprising Inverness-based husband and wife Brian O hEahdra and Fiona Mackenzie, James Graham from Lochinver in Sutherland and Kinlochewe-raised Rachel Walker, are nominated in the Album of the Year category for their self-titled debut.
The Black Isle’s Massie family could come away with a couple of winners. Dad Bob is nominated in the Music Tutor of The Year alongside two other tutors hailing from Ross-shire in Alpha Munro and Corrina Hewat, while daughter Anna is shorlisted for Live Act of the Year for her partnership with Achiltiebuie accordionist Mairearad Green, but also has an interest in the Scottish Folk Band of The Year Award as a member of Blazin’ Fiddles.
Fellow Blazer, Bruce MacGregor of Inverness, also has interest in two categories this year as his BBC Radio Scotland show, Travelling Folk, is nominated for the Trad Music in The Media Award.
Tain Royal Academy folk band Gizzen Briggs also has a Trad Awards nomination in the Community Project of The Year category and Ullapool and District Junior Pipe Band are in contention for the Pipe Band of The Year Award.
Na Trads is produced by Bees Nees Media for BBC ALBA and will be broadcast on Saturday at 9pm.
It will be repeated on Sunday 8th December at 10pm.
A highlights package of unseen performances and backstage interviews with Linda MacLeod from this year’s event will be broadcast on Boxing Day at 9.05pm.