Item Posted: Wednesday 2nd November, 2005

Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop has got through to the final four in these awards, in the COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR

The aim of these Awards is to highlight Scotland's wonderful traditional music in all its forms and to create a high profile opportunity which will bring the music and music industry into the spotlight of media & public attention. The Awards, which give recognition to excellence within Scotland's thriving musical culture, encompass all aspects of traditional music from Gaelic Song, Folk, Scottish Dance music, to Pipe Bands and a host of others in between, including Community Project of the Year.

Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop is a registered charity and raises money to pay for tutors in traditional music for nearly 100 adults and children over 26 weeks a year, teaching in four local primary schools, and running subsidised workshops in Argyll villages. They also put on numerous professional concerts (over 30 in 2005) throughout the area, helping a number of communities, not just their own. This is all organised and co-ordinated by volunteers, making it an ideal candidate for the award! More than 4,100 people have benefited from this rural regeneration programme in 2005.

PLEASE VOTE FOR US NOW, or read further!
There are masses of categories to vote for:

Album of the Year sponsored by Birnam CDs
Luminosity - Back of the Moon.Magnificent Seven – Blazin’ Fiddles. Ordinary Angel – Compilation. Yont the Tay – Jim Reid

Club of the Year sponsored by Living Tradition Magazine
An Award to recognise the club (folk club, accordion club etc) which guest musicians feel was best organised, most welcoming, had the best or most discerning audiences etc.
Campsie Accordion and Fiddle Club. Glenfarg Folk Club.Leith Folk Club.
Stirling Folk Club

Composer of the Year sponsored by Distil
An Award for the best songwriter or tunesmith of 2005.
Charlie McKerron. Donald Shaw. Karine Polwart. Michael Marra

Community Project of the Year
Award for the traditional music project that best serves your community.
Celtic Connections Education Programme. Glasgow Fiddle Workshop.
Inverness Traditional Music Project. Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop

Event of the Year sponsored by VisitScotland
An Award to recognise the event/festival which guest musicians feel was best organised, most welcoming, had the best or most discerning audiences etc
Auchtermuchty. Blas. Blazin’ in Beauly. Girvan Folk Festival

Gaelic Singer of the Year sponsored by Macmeanmna
Award for artist singing in Gaelic.
Arthur Cormack. Fiona Mackenzie (Dingwall).James Graham
Julie Fowlis

Instrumentalist of the Year sponsored by Temple Records
Award for outstanding instrumentalist. Can be any instrument.
Aaron Jones. Aidan O’Rourke. Anna Massie. Finlay MacDonald

Live Act of the Year sponsored by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
This is open to any traditional music act touring in Scotland.
Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham.Fiddlers Bid.Old Blind Dogs.
Peatbog Faeries

Media Award sponsored by Greentrax
An award for radio and TV programmes, magazines, and journalists who are getting the word out through the media.
Aig Cridhe Ar Ciuil. Billy Anderson – Tay FM.Living Tradition Magazine.
Travelling Folk

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITES NOW or read about the award ceremony and party!

Hands up for Trad, in association with BBC Scotland Interactive, will be hosting the third ‘Scots Trad Music Awards’ Celebrations on the 3rd December, 2005 at The Queen’s Hall, South Clerk Street, Edinburgh (Box Office 0131 6682019).

The evening is far more than just the awards, as masses of top players will be performing on the night:
The hosts of the evening will be Mary Ann Kennedy and Iain Anderson. Acts performing will include Blazin' Fiddles, Maggie MacInnes Band, Jim Malcolm, Plockton National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, Kirkwall City Pipe Band, Stuart Cassells, TMSA Young Trad Musicians (featuring all the finalists of the 2005 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award), Anna Massie Band, The Occasionals and more. The event is always a sell out, so if you can be in Edinburgh that night get your skates on to book!


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