With the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards taking place this weekend here is a quick rundown of some of the most tightly contested categories and who I reckon will be leaving Paisley with a Trad Award tucked under their arm.
Album Of the Year Award | Mánran - An Dá Lá
Oh, this was a close one. We've gone with An Da la by Mánran as our pick of the bunch. It's pretty hard to compete with cracking Tune sets and Gaelic and English song all on the same record. Check out our review of An Dá Lá from earlier on this year. You don't have to scroll far - We promise!
Other Nominees: Afterlight - Ímar | All We Have Is Now - Elephant Sessions | An Dan - Gaelic Songs for a Modern World - Mary Ann Kennnedy | Bere - Saltfishforty | Fiddle + Guitar - Ross Couper and Tom Oakes | Mac Ile - The Islay Sessions | Room with a View - Old Blind Dogs | Ryan Young - Ryan Young | Strata - Siobhan Miller
Live Act of the Year Award | Ímar
You can see from the video above just why Ímar were nominated for Live Act of the Year Award. As one of the busiest bands on the scene this year with a fierce reputation for a jumping Live show I've picked Ímar as our Live Act of the Year.
Other Nominees: Elephant Sessions | Tide Lines | Skipinnish
Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year Award | Siobhan Miller
What a Year it has been for Scots Singers (a bit miffed that none of these folks made it into Live Act of the Year nominations). This is another category that is almost too close to call. I've opted for Siobhan Miller on this one. Strata was incredible and definitely makes my list of top albums from this year. You can check it out my review from earlier this year on the Home page!
Other Nominees: Hannah Rarrity | Iona Fyfe | Claire Hastings | Blue Rose Code
Up and Coming Artist Award | Inyal
I know I've said it about nearly every category so far, but I think that this is perhaps the closest category of all. It is amazing to see these acts getting some recognition and it's also amazing how well established they already are throughout the folk scene. It was a close call, but I've tipped Inyal to take home the accolade on Saturday. Gotta love intricate, subtle beats fused with Gaelic song and fiery tunes.
Other Nominees: Gnoss | Hó-ró | Heron Valley | Bridghe Chaimbeul
Folk Band of the Year Award | Fara
It's been a busy year for the four ladies of Fara and I think they are nailed on to walk away with this award. Any of you who follow these folks on their social media accounts will see how much fun they have (especially after a few Cheeky Vimtos) when they are out on the road together. Hopefully we'll have some new material to look forward to and even more tour shenanigans in 2018.
Other Nominees: Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente | Routes Quartet | Talisk