As some of Scotland’s brightest stars turn out for the Tartan Clef Music Awards, Anna Millar raises the curtain on this year’s winners
Pitching itself as the ‘Scottish Brits,’ the Tartan Clef Music Awards rocked into town last week in suitable glam style, setting out its stall with some of Scotland’s most celebrated acts and championing the great and good of the country’s music scene. Established to help raise funds for the country’s largest specialist music therapy charity, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland, the awards have in previous years attracted talent, such as Franz Ferdinand, Biffy Clyro, Annie Lennox, Sandi Thom and Paolo Nutini.
Winners on this year’s big night, held in Glasgow on Saturday 22 November, included Eddi Reader for Singer-songwriter of the Year and Glasgow boys The Fratellis, who walked away with the SECC Tartan Clef Award.
Beecake, Dougie MacLean, The Almighty and Rab Andrew also picked up gongs at the star-studded event. Old schoolers Orange Juice received the coveted Glasgow Scotland With Style Lifetime Achievement Award, while special guest Peter Kay, presented Sharleen Spiteri with the Reo Stakis Outstanding Contribution Award.
Past winner, Sandi Thom said of the event: ‘I’m glad that the work of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland can be recognised through events such as these, as they do some pretty wonderful things for children and adults who have to contend with all manners of disabilities.’
Donald MacLeod, chairman of the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland Tartan Clef Fundraising Committee, and Co-Chair of the Board of Management, commended both the ‘stellar line-up and great venue,’ adding: ‘It is my view that it will very soon become just as important to the music industry as the Brits or the NME Awards.’
For more information on the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland and the Tartan Clef Music Awards, log onto www.tartanclef.org. Donations to the charity can be made by logging onto the website and clicking on ‘donations’.