Celtic Music Radio will be hoping for an award at the Na Trads-Trad Awards this Saturday, 13 January in Inverness.
Presenter Gordon Hotchkiss with his weekly Hotchkiss Hotchpotch programme has been nominated in the ‘Trad Music in the Media’ category of the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2014.
Gordon (pictured below, right) will be at the glittering awards night in Inverness with his partner Joan plus fellow Celtic Music Radio presenters Alex Jenkins, Ross Macfadyen and Ken Macdonald. Best of luck Gordon, who has been a member of a number of folk groups Whistlebinkies and Auld Howff Band and in the 1980s, Gordon’s involvement with Radio Clyde saw him gaining a National Sony Award and a Television and Radio Industry Club of Scotland commendation.
Nominees in the Trad Music in the Media Award 2014, sponsored by Skipinnish, are: Hotchkiss Hotchpotch – Celtic Music Radio; Folk Radio UK; Isles FM (Stornoway) and The Living Tradition Magazine.
A two hour programme, live from Inverness Leisure Centre, will be presented by Mary Ann Kennedy and Tony Kearney and following weeks of anticipation and a public vote, the evening will celebrate those who have influenced the traditional music scene throughout 2014.
Among the eclectic range of acts to perform on the night will be Na h-Oganaich, Fiddlers’ Bid, Highland based quartet Cruinn, as well as Edinburgh six-piece Celtic fusion band Shooglenifty.
The awards have been running since 2003 and televised since 2008 on BBC ALBA with the event shining a light on the artists, clubs, tutors and supporting bodies who, throughout the year, ensure that our traditional music and song continues to flourish.
Margaret Cameron, channel editor of BBC ALBA, said: “The Trad Awards is one of the highlights of the Scottish music calendar and we’re delighted that we can bring the ceremony live to BBC ALBA viewers. The evening will be a showcase for some of the finest traditional performers that Scotland produces as well as a celebration of the rich music culture spanning the Scottish Gaelic, Scots and English languages.
“We’re passionate about showcasing the best traditional music on BBC ALBA and we hope that viewers will enjoy sampling the wonderful atmosphere as performers are recognised for their exceptional musical contributions throughout 2014.”
Na Trads is produced by Bees Nees Media for BBC ALBA and will be broadcast on Saturday 13 December at 9.00 until 11.00pm and will be repeated on Friday 19 December at 10.00pm.
A highlights programme of unseen performances and backstage interviews from this year’s event will be presented by Linda MacLeod and broadcast on Boxing Day, Friday 26 December 2014 at 9.00pm.
BBC ALBA is on channel 8 and also available on the following platforms: Sky channel 143; Virgin Media cable 161; Freesat 110; BT Vision channel 8 (Scotland only); Smallworld channel 170 (Ayrshire and North West England) and also on BBC iPlayer
BBC ALBA is run by MG ALBA in partnership with the BBC. MG ALBA is the operating name of Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig, the Gaelic Media Service. Find out more about MG ALBA and the partnership at www.mgalba.com or visit www.bbcalba.co.uk for scheduling and programme information.