Inveraray scoops Scots Trad Music award
Inveraray & District Pipe Band crowned a successful year by scooping the Scottish Pipe Band of the Year award at the 15th Scots Trad Music Awards.
The band edged the Royal Burgh of Annan, Lochalsh Schools and Dollar Academy for the title.
2017 saw almost a clean sweep for – the band won all the major pipe band championships except for the UK event in Belfast. The band finished the season as the RSPBA Grade 1 Champion of Champions.
In addition, Lead Drummer, Steven McWhirter won his eighth World Solo Drumming Championship.
The band will end the year – and start the new year – by playing on BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay Live programme.
The award ceremony took place on Saturday (2nd) night at Paisley’s Lagoon Centre and was broadcast live on BBC ALBA
Hebridean band Skipinnish lifted the live act of the year prize,
Jean Cameron, director of Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021, said: “It’s been great to host the event for the first time. Paisley is proud of its great links with trad through our annual arts festival the Spree and also through hosting the Royal National Mòd, which we will welcome back again in 2021 or 2022.”
Full list of winners:
- Scottish Pipe Band of the Year: Inveraray & District Pipe Band
- Album of the Year: All We Have Is Now by Elephant Sessions
- Community Project of the Year: Tiree Songbook Composer of the Year: Adam Sutherland
- Live Act of the Year: Skipinnish
- Scots Singer of the Year: Siobhan Miller
- Up and Coming Artist Award: Hò-rò
- Music Tutor of the Year: Emma Tomlinson
- Gaelic Singer of the Year: Robert Robertson
- Folk Band of the Year: Talisk
- Dance Band of the Year: Duncan Black Band
- Club of the Year: Edinburgh Folk Club
- Instrumentalist of the Year: Gary Innes
- Event of the Year: A Night For Angus (Shooglenifty at Celtic Connections)
- Trad Music in the Media: BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
- Venue of the Year: Tolbooth (Stirling)