We are really looking forward to the Scottish Trad Awards this year because we are going to be playing and anticipating our 25th Anniversary Year, coming up in 2015. What we didn’t know when we agreed to play was that two of our band members would be nominated for awards … in the same category!
Our amazing new mandolin player Ewan MacPherson has been nominated as instrumentalist of the year, as has our very modest (and great) drummer and percussionist James Mackintosh. Both are fabulous and highly acclaimed musicians, and both are essential elements of the Shooglenifty sound.
Here’s what James said about his nomination: “I’m surprised and delighted to be nominated … looking forward to the gathering, tunes, friends and craic.” And Ewan had this to say, “The level of musicianship is amazing on the scene just now, I could pick any number of players at random who are all worthy of this category. So it’s great to be working amongst such good friends and musicians.”
I think you’ll agree it’s a dilemma. So all we can say, is it’s up to you. Read the info and make your choice, and hopefully see you at the gig on Saturday 13 December at Inverness Leisure. You can buy tickets here