City acts in running for Trad music awards

GLASGOW looks set to sweep the board at tonight's Scottish Trad Music Awards.

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Eleven nominees for awards across 16 categories come from the city - more than any other place.

Thousands of nominations were received from the public to create the shortlist for the 11th MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.

Entries from Glasgow are included in the Album of the Year, Venue of the Year, Singer of the Year, Pipe Band of the Year and other categories.

Battlefield Band, from Glasgow's South Side, is up for Album of the Year having been together for 40 years and played in venues around the world.

Anna and Mairearad are up for Live Act of The Year, while Duncan Lyall is competing for Composer of the Year.

Greater Glasgow Police Scotland pipe band are in the running for Pipe Band of the Year and the National Piping Centre is bidding for Venue of the Year.

This year's awards take place at Aberdeen's Music Hall and are hosted by Mary Ann Kennedy and Tony Kearney.

Glasgow acts are also in the running for Gaelic Singer of the Year and Scottish Folk Band of the Year, as well as the Up and Coming Artist of the Year and Instru-mentalist of the Year.

The awards, produced by Hands Up for Trad, have seen performances bysome of the finest Scottish traditional musicians and bands including Barbara Dickson, Peatbog Faeries, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Karine Polwart.

For tickets call 01224 641122.

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