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Featured Artist: Peatbog Faeries
A ninth album by the dynamic, high-energy Peatbogs to commemorate their 25 years together.

This album offers a superbly recorded and mastered version from two of their live gigs, in a barn in deepest Much Marcle, Herefordshire and the Hebridean Celtic Festival.

Renowned for their live performances no better way to capture this occasion than with a live album.

The band was twice rewarded with "Best Live Act" at the Scottish Trad Awards and has been nominated for the "Best Live Act" at the Radio 2 Folk Awards.

In 2016 the Peatbogs received the Landmark Award from Hands Up for Trad (Scottish Trad Awards) for their contribution to Scottish Traditional music.

Tour Dates:
  • 26th January 2018 - Celtic Connections Festival, with special guest Vieux Farka Touré, The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
  • 13th April 2018 - Alnwick Playhouse, Northumberland
  • 16th June 2018 - Killin Music Festival Killin, Stirlingshire
  • 6th July - Moonbeams Folk Festival, Driffield, E. Yorks, England

This debut album explores the riches of Argyllshire Bardachd performed by Oban Gaelic Choir and some of Argyll's top musicians.

The album has been a labour of love for the choir musical director Sileas Sinclair. Her enthusiasm and drive in making this project come to fruition was unstinting

Sileas Sinclair, talented, multi instrumentalist/ composer/arranger is the daughter of well kent accordionist Neil and Sheila Sinclair Connel.

Sileas carefully selected and researched the songs and produced fabulous arrangements resulting in a breathtaking album which blends voices and instruments together, a union which adds a unique contemporary twist.

The Bards:
Calum Campbell MacPhail (Dalmally), John MacIntyre (Postmaster, Kilchrenan), Iain MacCallum (Tigh nam Barr), Donald MacIntyre (Dunollie Poet), Duncan Ban MacIntyre (Glenorchy), Dorothy Brown (Luing), James Shaw (Bard Loch nan Eala).

Musicians: Sileas Sinclair (piano, accordion), Finlay Wells (guitar), Lorne MacDougall (Highland pipes, smallpipes, whistles), Archie McAllister (fiddle), Angus MacColl (Highland pipes).

Soloists: Graham Campbell (Track 2), John Joe MacNeil (Track 7), Riona MacCormick (Track 9), Mary Catherine MacNeil (Track 11).

Duet: Donald Maclean And Sileas Sinclair (Track 4)
A selection of six original Gaelic songs composed by Aonghas Caimbeul, a retired carpenter from South Uist.

Aonghas Caimbeul has been composing songs since 1971, he approached singer Alasdair Whyte and asked if he would record the songs.

Alasdair and piano player Ross Wilson (Tide Lines), recognised the quality of the songs and agreed resulting in this enjoyable 6 track CD.

This project ensures that songs are not lost to future generations

Performed by Alasdair Whyte, Ross Wilson, Allan Nairn, Seonaidh MacIntyre and Ewen Henderson

Recorded in Glasgow 2017

"I am very glad that Alasdair and Ross, both first class Muileachs, helped and took time to make this recording for me. I will always cherish that our traditional local songs will be now available and not lost forever."  Aonghas Caimbeul.

The results are in!  Many Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.

Album of the Year sponsored by Birnam CD - All We Have Is Now - Elephant Sessions

Community Project of the Year sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust - Tiree Songbook

Composer of the Year sponsored by PRS for Music - Adam Sutherland

Live Act of the Year sponsored by Greentrax Recordings - Skipinnish

Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland - Siobhan Miller

Up and Coming Artist Award sponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - Hò-rò

Music Tutor of the Year sponsored by Creative Scotland Youth Music Initiative - Emma Tomlinson

Gaelic Singer of the Year sponsored by Macmeanmna - Robert Robertson

Folk Band of the Year sponsored by Threads of Sound - Talisk

Dance Band of the Year sponsored by National Association of Box and Fiddle Clubs - Duncan Black Band

Scottish Pipe Band of the Year sponsored by The Glenturret Single Malt Whisky - Inveraray & District Pipe Band

Club of the Year sponsored by Tradition Arts and Culture Scotland - Edinburgh Folk Club

Instrumentalist of the Year sponsored by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society - Gary Innes

Event of the Year sponsored by VisitScotland - A Night For Angus (Shooglenifty at Celtic Connections)

Trad Music in the Media sponsored by Skipinnish - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Venue of the Year sponsored by Musicians’ Union - Tolbooth (Stirling)


Congratulations to Skipinnish winner of the Live Act of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2017.

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