Hands Up For Trad’s landmark awards recognise over 25 years of Scottish music and culture in Aberdeenshire

The latest recipients of the Hands up for Trad’s Landmark Awards have been revealed – as Aberdeen based Scottish Culture & Traditions Association (SCaT) and Aberdeen folk band, Old Blind Dogs, both took home the coveted award.

The Landmark Awards are given to individuals, groups and organisations for their sustained contributions to Scottish culture over a significant period of time.

Previous winners include singer-guitarist Archie Fisher awarded for 55 years as a professional musician, the legendary English folk-rockers Fairport Convention who celebrated 50 years in the industry and Phil and Aly who have worked tirelessly for Scottish music over the last 30 years.

Scottish Culture & Traditions (SCaT) has provided music and dance lessons in traditional music to thousands of people from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire since it formed in 1997. Their aim is to raise awareness and encourage the growth of Scottish traditional music, song and dance, in a way which brings enjoyment and a sense of community.

The renowned Old Blind Dogs were honoured for reaching their 25th anniversary this year. As one of Scotland’s most highly touted traditional folk bands, they have experienced great success over the years and have recently released their thirteenth album, “Room With A View”, their first record in six years.

Hands Up for Trad continue to be at the forefront of promoting Scottish traditional music, providing much-needed platforms for artists to thrive. The organisation exists to promote Scottish traditional music through education, information and advocacy to artists, audiences and participants throughout Scotland and beyond. Hands Up for Trad are supported by Creative Scotland, the development body for the arts and creative industries in Scotland.

Event Founder and Hands Up for Trad Creative Director, Simon Thoumire, said: “We are excited to celebrate and recognise the amazing landmarks of Scottish Culture & Traditions Association (SCaT) and Old Blind Dogs – they have both done exceptional work for the Scottish traditional music scene. We’d like to thank Creative Scotland for their continued support – without their help, we wouldn’t be able to create such a strong network of support for musicians.”

If you wish to acknowledge an organisation celebrating an impressive landmark, then get in touch with Hands Up for Trad via: www.projects.handsupfortrad.scot/landmark/suggestions/

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