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Runrig and Eilidh Cormack were among two winners at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.

Produced by Hands Up for Trad, the awards celebrate Scotland's traditional music scene.  The event saw a number of music fans gather in Perth for the ceremony.  

Months after their final concert, Runrig were recognised for their services to Gaelic over the years.  Formed on Skye in 1973, the band performed for the final time in August before 45,000 fans.  

Gaelic Singer of the Year was awarded to Eilidh Cormack, a talented artist who is also a columnist, an audio archivist at Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic and a tutor at Fèisgoil who deliver language, music, arts and cultural services to schools and community groups.

Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland, said: “Scotland’s music flows from community folk clubs to the biggest international stages, passed on from artists who have carried our traditions for decades to children who have picked up an instrument for the very first time. All of this is celebrated at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, with every nominee playing their part. Congratulations to everyone who made the list and, especially, to those who emerged as 2018’s winners. It’s really great to know that in the year Runrig brought their pioneering career to a close, the likes of Talisk, Iona Fyfe, Elephant Sessions, Eilidh Cormack and Assynt are primed and ready to carry Scotland’s traditional music heritage into the future.“

The full list of winners is below:

Album of the Year: Sandwood by Duncan Chisholm

Club of the Year: Partick Folk Club

Composer of the Year: Duncan Chisholm

Community Project of the Year: Care for a Ceilidh

Event of the Year: Far Far from Ypres

Gaelic Singer of the Year: Eilidh Cormack

Instrumentalist of the Year: Calum Stewart

Live Act of the Year: Elephant Sessions

Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year: Iona Fyfe

Scottish Dance Band of the Year: Susan MacFadyen

Scottish Folk Band of the Year: Dàimh

Scottish Pipe Band of the Year: Inverary and District Pipe Band

Trad Music in the Media: Pipeline on BBC Radio Scotland

Music Tutor of the Year: Anna Wendy Stevenson

Up and Coming Artist of the Year: Assynt

Venue of the Year Award: Drygate Brewery in Glasgow

Services to Gaelic Award: Runrig

Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music Award: Pete Shepheard

Services to Scots Language: Janet Paisley

Image from Hands Up For Trad.


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