Voting opens for the 2019 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards

The awards return to Aberdeen in December and voting is now open for the 2019 nominations and the Top 20 Albums Longlist.

The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2019 will take place at the Aberdeen music hall and feature live performances from leading Scottish musicians and singers.

Skerryvore, Benedict Morris (Winner – BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2019), Heisk and local youth group the Aberdeenshire Folk Project are all set to perform with further acts still to be announced.

The ceremony gives recognition to Scotland’s musical culture and traditional music and will be broadcast live on BBC ALBA and globally via the iPlayer.

Public nominations and annual voting on the Top 20 Albums is open today (Tuesday) across 18 categories including PRS for Music’s Composer of the Year, The Highland Society of London’s Gaelic Singer of the Year, Album of The Year, Live Act of the Year, Scots Singer of the Year and Instrumentalist of the Year, sponsored by the University of the Highlands and Islands (Le taic bho Oilthigh na Gàidhealtachd agus nan Eilean).

To make a nomination and vote on the TOP 20 Albums, please visit

Tickets to the 2019 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards are also now on sale here.

Simon Thoumire, creative director, Hands Up for Trad, says: ‘It is very exciting to announce Aberdeen as the host city for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2019. It’s been another great year for Scottish traditional music in all forms, and I can’t wait to share the nominations soon.

‘Thanks to all the people who nominate and vote, and to the artists, media and our sponsors and partners for making the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards possible.’

Stuart Fleming, senior manager Scotland & Northern Ireland, PRS for Music comments: ‘We are delighted to be sponsoring the Composer of the Year Award, partnering once again with The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.  These awards recognise talent from all over Scotland and celebrate the fantastic traditional music of Scotland’s rich and exciting culture.’

Murdo MacSween, communications manager, MG ALBA, adds: ‘The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards are a stand-out event in the Scottish music calendar and we’re proud to work with Hands up for Trad to showcase world class talent and the height of creativity.’

Alan Morrison, head of music, Creative Scotland, says: ‘Voting in The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards is an opportunity to honour Scotland’s tradition bearers, support our current stars and throw a spotlight on emerging talent.  It’s great to see the public at the heart of the nominations process, beating the drum for grassroots community work or singing the praises of our biggest international stars.  Na Trads is where the past, present and future of Scotland’s traditional music come together to celebrate a scene that is the envy of the world.’