Small Halls receives trad gong

We were delighted to receive the Community Project of the Year Award at the recent MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2019.

At a glittering ceremony held in Aberdeen’s Music Hall at the beginning of December, the 2018 SEALL Festival of Small Halls (the first of its kind in Europe) beat off stiff competition from music projects Blazin’ in Beauly, Fèis Rois’ Kin and the Community and Bogha Frois: LGBT+ Voices in Folk, to win the prestigeous accolade which is sponsored each year by Skippinish.

We are absolutely over the moon to have been given such a prestigious accolade for the festival in its first year and were not expecting it at all. The other nominees are all so worthy of the title and we really didn’t believe we would be in with a chance up against such great competition. We therefore had no speeches prepared and, when our name was announced, we sat for a moment or two in shock!

Thanks to all who voted for us, to the people and businesses who supported us, our extraordinarily talented musicians and to everyone who turned out on some very cold wintery nights to attend the events.

We were also so pleased to see Skye music teacher Iain Ruari Finlayson winning the Youth Music Initiative’s Music Tutor of the Year at the awards. Ruari is an inspiration to the young rising stars of trad music on Skye and continues to make a significant contribution to the Island’s musical heritage. We are so pleased for him. His award is so well deserved.

Congratulations also to our amazing Small Halls musician Megan Henderson whose band Breabach won Album of the Year for their latest release Frenzy; and to the wonderful Su-a Lee who received an Inspiration Award on the night.

AN INSPIRATION TO ALL: Cellist extraordinaire Su-a Lee receives her well-deserved award from MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards founder and promoter Simon Thumire.