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Trad stars align to celebrate the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2017

Posted on December 5th, 2017 in Recent posts by .

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On Saturday, the biggest names in Scottish traditional music gathered at the 15th MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, with Elephant Sessions, Skipinnish and Talisk (pictured) all picking up prizes

On December 2 the stars of Scottish traditional music gathered at Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre to celebrate the best of traditional talent from the past year. Broadcast live on BBC ALBA and BBC Radio Scotland, the prestigious event featured performances from Elephant Sessions, The Shee Big Band, Siobhan Miller and more.

The award for Album of the Year went to innovative folk-rock five-piece Elephant Sessions for their second album All We Have is Now, while Live Act of the Year was clinched by Highland band Skipinnish. The coveted Scottish Folk Band of the Year award went to fast-rising folk trio Talisk, while Robert Robertson picked up Gaelic Singer of the Year.

The full list of winners 

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
Citty Finlayson 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
Scottish Pipe Band of the Year – Inveraray & District Pipe 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)

 

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La Linea Festival: First line-up announced

Posted on December 5th, 2017 in Recent posts by .

 

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The London Latin Music Festival, La Linea, will return in April 2018 with an eclectic line-up of artists

The first acts set to perform at London’s La Linea Festival, the London Latin music event which runs for ten days at the end of April, include Buena Vista Social Club frontman Eliades Ochoa, French-Chilean musician Ana Tijoux (pictured) and legendary Senegalese dance group Orchestra Baobab.

Since its inception in 2001, the festival has shone a spotlight on both emerging and established Latin acts, providing an international platform for their work. Taking place London-wide in a variety of venues including the Barbican, Electric Brixton and the Royal Albert Hall, La Linea will continue to ignite a Latin spark across the capital this April.

The first acts confirmed are:

Sonorama
Ariwo + Soundspecies
Eliades Ochoa
Ana Tijoux
Orchestra Baobab
Mexrrissey
La Pegatina

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Lo’Jo at Rich Mix, London

Posted on December 1st, 2017 in Recent posts by .

 

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Veteran French fusion group Lo’Jo will perform at London’s Rich Mix on December 6

For 35 years French outfit Lo’Jo have been breaking musical ground with eclectic combinations of instruments and cultural melting pots of sound. Their recent album, Fonetiq Flowers, was released to much critical acclaim and was a Songlines Top of the World in #132 (November 2017). Their sound is practically impossible to pigeon-hole, with influences ranging from African swing to Berber blues to Gypsy dance. This is a live experience not to be missed!

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New Apple Music Playlist: Reggae Instrumentals

Posted on November 9th, 2017 in Recent posts by .

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What with toasters galore, charismatic singers and vocal harmony trios, reggae is probably primarily a vocal music. Given, too, the thin line between it and both ska and dub, it’s a challenge to find pure reggae instrumentals that don’t stray too far into forbidden stylistic territories. Nevertheless, here are 14 suggestions that feature artists renowned more for their prowess on instruments like the bongos (Bongo Herman), drums (Sly Dunbar), keyboards (Jackie Mittoo), guitar (Ernest Ranglin), saxophone (Tommy McCook) and melodica (Augustus Pablo). Playlist by Mark Sampson for Songlines.

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