Traditional Scottish music is thriving in the Falkirk area – as nominations in this year’s MG Alba Scots Traditional Music Awards show.
Dubbed the ‘Oscars for traditional music’, Falkirk Folk Club are delighted to have been nominated for Folk Club of the Year, while Denny and Dunipace Gleneagles Pipe Band are rounding off a hugely successful year with a mention in the best pipe band category.
And one of the event’s stars also has a strong connection to the area - Banknock-born Karine Polwart is nominated in the best album of the year categoary, for her latest release ‘Traces’.
However, they all need your help to make it to the winners’ stage on December 8 when the Trad Awards take place in Fort William.
Members of Falkirk Folk Club are thrilled to have been nominated for this award – knowing that it puts some difficult times firmly behind them.
The club blossomed in the ’60s and ’70s with a large youthful following on the back of the ‘folk revival’ of that period – but times changed and and during the early 90s the club nearly folded.
However, thanks to the sterling work of Elma Harkness, then the ‘Broons’, the Andersons, Robert McElroy and now the present committee and members, the Club enjoys a new lease of life.
Stuart Miller, club organiser, said: “We are all absolutely delighted with this nomination.
“It is a great honour for all involved at the club and a welcome acknowledgement of the tremendous effort made supporting and raising the profile of Scottish traditional music in Falkirk.”
Stuart believes the nomination is partly a result of the club placing much more of an emphasis on Scots’ traditional music in recent times.
He said: “Folk music covers a broad spectrum – for example Americana and folk rock – and in recent years we’ve been keen to bring Scottish tradition to the fore.
“But we’ve also been trying to make the club more of an experience and reach out more to the community, so we’ve got musicians who’ll play old folk’s homes and community events, for example.
“And we’ve tried really hard to get top quality acts over the past couple of years – for example, the musicians we got for this year’s Tryst Festival were some of the hottest talent around.”
The Scots Traditional Music Awards highlight the country’s rich musical heritage and lively current scene – and the winners are crowned purely on the number of public votes they attract, so its up to you now. Visit www.scotstradmusicawards.com/voting to log your votes before November 21.