MG Alba Scots Traditional Music Awards shortlist revealed

image captionThe awards recognise Scotland's traditional music talent

The shortlist for the MG Alba Scots Traditional Music Awards has been announced.

An online public vote will decide the winners across 16 categories, including album, composer, venue and Gaelic singer of the year.

Voting will close on 21 November and an awards ceremony will be held at the Nevis Centre, in Fort William, on 8 December.

This year's event will also celebrate the awards' 10th anniversary.

Event founder and promoter Simon Thoumire said traditional music was thriving in Scotland.

He added: "I'm delighted that over the past 10 years we've been able to give something back but really I should be thanking all our talented nominees, for without them, the awards would be nothing."

The nominees for album of the year are Karine Polwart for Traces; Kathleen MacInnes, Cille Bhride; Treacherous Orchestra, Origins, and Rachel Newton for The Shadow Side.

In the running for event of the year are Scots Fiddle Festival, Stonehaven Folk Festival, Feis na Mara and Gerry Rafferty at Celtic Connections

The full shortlist has been published on the awards' voting website.

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