Congratulations to Aidan O’Rourke (pictured), who won the Composer of the Year award at the Scots Trad Music Awards that took place on Saturday 3 December.
The award, sponsored by PRS for Music, was taken by O’Rourke who edged out the other nominees Ailie Robertson, Calum MacCrimmon and Anna Wendy-Stevenson.
Other winners included Skerryvore (Best Live Act), Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band (Best Pipe Band), Battlefield Band (Folk Band Of The Year), Manran (Album Of The Year) and Siobhan Miller (Singer of The Year).
The night was rounded off by some fantastic performances from winners Skerryvore, party starters Peatbog Faeries, the incredible Barbara Dickson Band and emerging talent Kristen Harvey and the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland.
Event founder and promoter Simon Thoumire says: ‘A massive congratulations to this year’s winners and also to everyone that made the shortlist – the competition was fierce this year and the voters had a tough job. Thanks to everyone who made this year’s event the best one yet. Roll on our tenth birthday next year.’
The full winners list for this year’s MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards:
Album of the Year sponsored by Birnam CD – Manran – Manran
Gaelic Singer of the Year sponsored by Macmeanmna – Norrie MacIver
Instrumentalist of the Year sponsored by Temple Records – Innes Watson
Music Tutor of the Year sponsored by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative – Mairi Campbell
Composer of the Year sponsored by PRS for Music – Aidan O’ Rourke
Coda Music Venue of the Year Award – Ben Nevis
Event of the Year sponsored by VisitScotland – Orkney Folk Festival
Up and Coming Artist of the Year sponsored by The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – Rura
Trad Music in the Media sponsored by ScottishCultureOnline.com – Transatlantic Sessions
Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association – Siobhan Miller
Community Project of the Year sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust – Blazin in Beauly
Live Act of the Year sponsored by Greentrax Recordings – Skerryvore
Scottish Folk Band of the Year sponsored by All Celtic Music – Battlefield Band
Pipe Band of the Year – Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band
Scottish Dance Band of the Year sponsored by National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs – Robert Nairn
Club of the Year sponsored by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society – Leith Folk Club
Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame sponsored by Fèisean nan Gàidheal
Donald MacLeod, Islay
Services to Gaelic Music sponsored by Bòrd na Gàidhlig – Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches
Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music Award – Arthur Cormack.