Despite the appalling wintry conditions on the mainland, a number of Tiree residents made the journey to Perth Concert Hall to be at the 2010 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards on Saturday 4th December.
This was the eighth annual award which was set up to celebrate all forms of traditional music in Scotland.
Gordon Connell was winner of the Music Tutor of the year Award sponsored by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music initiative. Skipinnish Ceilidh House in Oban, which is run by Angus MacPhail and Andrew Stevenson, won venue of the Year Award sponsored by Coda Music.
Congratulations to Gordon, Angus and Andrew on their success.
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
Skerryvore are delighted to confirm the release of new single ‘Path to Home’ on May 2nd 2010 at a special concert at Oran Mor, Glasgow.
‘Path to Home’ is the first track revealed from the highly anticipated new album to be released in July this year.
The special show at Oran Mor will complete a busy weekend for the band with 3 performances in 36 hours! The previous two Skerryvore performances at this venue in 2009 were sell-out events so book your tickets now!
BOOKING LINE: 0141 204 5151
Residents at Tigh A Rudha invited family and residents of Rudha Cottages to help them celebrate Burns Night last month.
Gordon Connell and band visit the home on a monthly basis and always provide a wonderful evening of entertainment in the form of a ceilidh. This month, joined by singers from the school and local community we added a rather untraditional address.
Due to the weather the haggis was able to avoid being caught on time & took the form of a beautiful dumpling, which was enjoyed by all. The residents and staff would like to take this opportunity to wish the band every success in their forthcoming competitions, and we look forward to next time!
Tiree pupils attend the 2009 Mòd in Oban
21 pupils and 5 members of staff from Tiree High School attended the Royal National Mòd in Oban last week.
Ian Smith and Eilidh MacFadyen started the ball rolling when they competed in the Accordion competition on Saturday. This was a popular spectator event and the venue proved to be too small for all those wanting to get in to hear the competitors. Gordon Connell, the pupils’ tutor said the standard of playing was very high but he was very pleased with Eilidh & Ian’s performances.
Ian came away with a silver medal and although not in the top three, Eilidh gave a very creditable performance. This was her first experience of competing at the Mòd and will be better armed to compete next year.
The rest of the group competed over Monday & Tuesday in Solo singing, Conversation, Poetry recitation, Choral, Action Song and Folk group competition and although none were placed in the top three, the youngsters performed extremely well and did themselves proud.
It was a great experience for them and interesting for them to see how other competitors interpreted the pieces.
Some parents and friends came to Oban to support and this was much appreciated by the young people and the staff. Siusaidh NicNeill, who had been the driving force behind fundraising for the trip, said she was pleased and delighted with the performances and as she leaves Tiree to take up a new teaching post in Plockton she goes with very happy memories of the Oban Mòd.
Tiree adult choir – Oban Mod 199?
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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.
Playing in the Ceilidh Tent, the band were delighted with the enthusiasm in which they were received. Accordion player Daniel Gillespie told An Tirisdeach “ It was really exciting to play at Scotland’s biggest festival. It was a fantastic crowd and the atmosphere was amazing.”
The band also played some of their own compositions from their new album which was enthusiastically received.
Although the album is not due out until November the band have a busy summer schedule which includes being in concert with Skipinnish at the launch of their new album on Tiree.
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.