The Scots Trad Music Awards showcase and celebrate the best of creativity and talent across Scotland. Hosted by Alistair Heather and Mary Ann Kennedy, the event had been set to take place in Dundee’s Caird Hall, but Hands Up for Trad worked to support artists and provide an alternative platform, culminating in two special programmes of Na Trads on BBC ALBA.
Stuart Fleming, Senior Membership Manager Scotland & Northern Ireland, PRS for Music said: “Congratulations to all the nominees and winners recognised at this year’s MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, including Skerryvore for winning Original Work of the Year. The incredible Everyday Heroes, written to raise proceeds for the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal, will no doubt have brought hope to many in 2020. Congratulations too to Hands Up for Trad and BBC ALBA for putting together such a successful celebration of the Scottish traditional music community during these times.”
Winners of the annual MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards were announced on a special show on BBC ALBA on 12 December:
Album of The Year, sponsored by Birnam CD: The Woods by Hamish Napier.
Original Work of the Year, sponsored by PRS for Music: Everyday Heroes by Skerryvore.
Community Music Project of the Year, sponsored by Greentrax Recordings: Tunes in the Hoose.
Event of the Year Award sponsored by VisitScotland: BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 20th Anniversary Concert (Celtic Connections).
Gaelic Singer of the Year, sponsored by The Highland Society of London: Fionnag NicChoinnich (Fiona MacKenzie).
Musician of the Year, sponsored by the University of the Highlands and Islands: Tim Edey.
Online Performance of 2020, sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust: Duncan Chisholm’s Covid Ceilidh.
Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year, sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA), for artists singing in Scots language: Siobhan Miller.
Trad Video of the Year, sponsored by Threads of Sound: Calum Dan’s Transit Van by Peat & Diesel.
Trad Music in the Media, sponsored by Sabhal Mor Ostaig: Anna Massie.
Up & Coming Artist of the Year, sponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: Rebecca Hill.
Music Tutor of the Year, sponsored by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative: Josie Duncan.
Three pillars of the Scots Trad Music community were also recognised through special awards. The Janet Paisley Services to Scots Language Award sponsored by Creative Scotland was awarded to James Robertson; the Services to Gaelic Award sponsored by Bord na Gaidhlig awarded to John Smith; and the 2020 Hamish Henderson Award for Services to Traditional Music went to Lisa Whytock.
The awards will be shown again on BBC ALBA at 9pm on Saturday 18th December 2020 and will also be available on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days.