Carloway singer Norrie ‘Tago’ Maciver was named last night (Saturday 4 December) as the online cèilidh host of the year, as Hands Up for Trad celebrated the Scottish Traditional Music Awards for 2021.
Na Trads, sponsored as always by MG Alba, was hosted in front of a live audience of sponsors and nominees at Glasgow’s Engine Works and broadcast live by BBC Alba from 9pm.
Norrie was one of three nominees from Lewis and Harris, with Harris’s Iain Costello Maciver shortlisted as Gaelic singer of the year. Maggie Smith of North Lochs was also in the running for community project of the year, with her Cabraich Arts online skills and cèilidh sessions.
The online performance of 2021 was sponsored by the Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust and went to Norrie Tago for his live-streamed performances, which have continued since lockdown lifted.
The news of his win came as a welcome boost for Norrie, who was touring last weekend (26 and 27 November) as part of the Blas festival when Storm Arwen struck, knocking both his gigs out due to power cuts.
A record 180,000 public votes were cast in Na Trads this year. Alan Morrison, head of music at Creative Scotland said: “This year’s Trad Awards have provided a welcome opportunity to celebrate the individuals and organisations who, online and in person, have kept the flames of our traditional music burning in the darkest of times.
“It’s this bigger picture – the momentum that has taken us through lockdown and out the other side – that makes the Trads of 2021 so special and so very important.”
Norrie is also the lead singer of the band Skipinnish and is back on the road with the band next weekend in Inverness and Perth (Friday 10 and Saturday 11 December)