There are many different Tiree connected musicians / bands up for various awards at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2010 which is a phenomenal achievement for the island!
Skerryvore, Trail West, The Skipinnish Ceilidh House and Gordon Connel have all been nominated.
Also Rachel Walker of Skipinnish Records has been nominated as have the Oban Youth Pipe Band, who have a had a tremendous year!
All the nominees would certainly appreciate a vote, so please head over to:
www.handsupfortrad.co.uk/tradmusicawards/voting2010.html and vote!
The Various Nominations are:
- Skerryvore – Live Act of the Year
- Trail West – Scottish Dance Band of the Year
- The Skipinnish Ceilidh House – Venue of the Year
- Gordon Connel – Tutor of the Year
- Rachel Walker – Gaelic Singer of the Year
- Oban Youth Pipe Band – Pipe Band of the Year
More info about all the nominees can also be found on the handsupfortrad website
And named Argyll’s Award Winning Entrepeneurs
Celtic Rock group Skerryvore made their furthest venture yet , travelling to the Far East to perform in Beijing, China.
The band were performing at the International Routes Event that was held in Beijing from the 12th to 15th September, attracting over 4,500 people from all over the world. The band also managed to fit in two other performances at music venue Ginko and went down a storm with locals and tourists alike.
Piper Martin Gillespie said “Beijing was an incredible experience for all of us, however, coming from Tiree which has a population of around 700 to then being in a city with a population of 14 million really did take my breath away. The locals were really friendly, and we received a fantastic reception at all three of our performances. We met the head of the Beijing Caledonian Society regarding performing at one of their annual events so hope to return to China again in the near future.”
Upon their return to Scotland, Skerryvore were then announced winners of the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) Young Entrepeneur of the Year for Argyll & Bute and received their award at a ceremony at the A & B Council headquarters in Lochgilphead. The band now go through to the National Final with the chance of winning Young Business of the Year for Scotland and £2,000 towards their company. PSYBT regional manager Mags Watson said “They have demonstrated ambition and enthusiasm for taking good ideas and transforming them into a successful, thriving business. We wish them every success in the future.”
Skerryvore’s second album, On the Road, released in 2007 was re-pressed within a week of its release. They are currently working on a new album.
Tiree Pipe Band’s annual participation in Strathaven’s Gala Day was more successful than usual this June – as they won the Strathaven Gala Shield in competition with Strathaven and East Kilbride Bands.
While it was a pleasant surprise to win the Shield, to most of the Band it came as a complete shock, as few were even aware that there was a trophy up for grabs – hence, perhaps, the total absence of nerves as they marched and played their way through the streets. It’s also a safe bet that the Band will be invited back to Stathaven in 2010.
The success of the Band is certainly reward for all the hard practice put in over the winter months.
For those who like a historical flavour in among the news, it’s exactly 40 years since Tiree Pipe Band last competed at the World Championships in 1969.