Hosted by world-renowned Gaelic singer, Mary Ann Kennedy and award-winning musician, Kim Carnie; guests enjoyed stellar live performances by Skerryvore, Session A9, Benedict Morris, Heisk and Sian.
The biggest award, The Belhaven Bursary for Innovation in Scottish Music in association with Showcase Scotland Expo supports the winner to progress unique ideas and empower creation. Financially matched only by the Mercury Prize, the prestigious fund of £25,000 - was awarded to Kinnaris Quintet, first all-female band to win the prize.
Breabach won Album of the Year Award for, Frenzy of the Meeting. Presenter Mary Ann Kennedy scooped up Gaelic Singer. Jenna Reid won Composer of the Year battling against an all-female shortlist. Jenna’s group Blazin’ Fiddles were also awarded Folk Band of the Year.
Following ten consecutive sell outs, Tiree Music Festival picked up the award for Event of the Year. The popular festival has contributed £6.4 million to the small island economy. ‘forward-thinking folk music’ Man of the Minch took home The Up and Coming Artist of The Year award
Elephant Sessions – What Makes You
Gnoss – From Deep Water
Brighdo Chaimbeul – The Reeling
Siobhan Miller – Mercury
Talisk – Beyond
Breabach – Frenzy of the Meeting
Hannah Rarity – Neath the Gloaming Sky
Skippinish – By the Stars
Karine Polwart – Laws of Moiton
Kinneris quartet – Free One
Album of the Year - Frenzy of the Meeting by Breabach
The Belhaven Bursary for Innovation in Scottish Music - Kinnaris Quintet The evening also included a number of exclusive recognitions -
The Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music Award Sponsored by Edinburgh Folk Club where Dr. Peter Cooke was praised. The Services to Gaelic Award, Sponsored by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, was presented to Anne Soutar. The Janet Paisley Services to Scots Language Sponsored by Scots Radio was presented to Sheena Blackhall, well known for her poetry.
The Evening continued through to the early hours with Ceilidh Minogue and The House of Song led by Doris Rougvie. The evening was broadcast live on BBC ALBA and is repeated Sunday 8th December at 8.55pm. with unseen footage shown on a special highlights show on 27th December at 9pm.
Composer of the Year - Jenna Reid
Community Project of the Year - SEALL Festival of Small Halls
Event of the Year - Tiree Music Festival
Gaelic Singer of the Year - Mary Ann Kennedy
Musician of the Year - Jenn Butterworth
Live Act of the Year - Peat and Diesel
Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year - Steve Byrne
Scottish Dance Band of the Year - The Cruickshank Family Band
Scottish Folk Band of the Year - Blazin’ Fiddles
Scottish Pipe Band of the Year - Inverary and District Pipe Band
Trad Video of the Year - Heroes by Tide Lines
Music Tutor of the Year - Iain Ruari Finlayson, Skye Schools
Up and Coming Artist of the Year - Man of the Minch
Venue of the Year Award - An Tobar (Mull)
The Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music Award - Dr. Peter Cooke
Services to Gaelic - Anne Souter
The Janet Paisley Services to Scots Language - Sheena Blackhall
The evening also included a number of exclusive recognitions including
The Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music Award Sponsored by Edinburgh Folk Club where Dr. Peter Cooke was praised. The Services to Gaelic Award, Sponsored by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, was presented to Anne Soutar. The Janet Paisley Services to Scots Language Sponsored by Scots Radio was presented to Sheena Blackhall, well known for her poetry