EIGHTIES pop icons Deacon Blue and Love and Money were honoured by their peers at the Scottish music industry’s annual “Oscars” in Glasgow last night.
The Scottish Music Awards, at the Old Fruitmarket, saw veteran singer songwriter Barbara Dickson given a lifetime achievement award, while the final accolade of the night went to 74-year-old lyricist Bill Martin, who wrote songs for artists including Elvis Presley, Sandie Shaw, Cliff Richard and the Bay City Rollers.
The annual “Tartan Clefs” fundraiser, staged for the 14th time in aid of a leading music therapy charity, saw violinist Nicola Benedetti win a special recognition award for her work in schools.
As well as working with the Nordoff-Robbins music therapy charity, she has also been a passionate supporter of the organisation Sistema Scotland, which has just won government support to set up a second orchestra in Glasgow.
Last night, she said: “I’ve always been hugely supportive of charities like Nordoff-Robbins and the fantastic work that they do. I do think music education is hugely under-valued, particularly at the moment when we are seeing funding being cut back across the country. It was enormously important news this week when government funding was approved for a new Sistema Scotland project in Govan. I’d like to see projects like that happening across the country. That has to be the end result.
“Musical education is not something that should just be for the reserved few.”
Deacon Blue were honoured for notching up 25 years since their Glasgow-inspired album Raintown, while Love and Money, who formed in Glasgow in 1985, picked up the songwriting award, less than two years after reforming for a “one-off” concert, which led to regular touring again after a 17-year hiatus.
Love and Money were among the acts performing at the event, along with Dundee rockers The View, who picked up the album of the year award, recently-reformed Glasgow indie outfit The Fratellis and fast-rising teenage star Carly Connor.
Glasgow-born Martin was recognised as a “living legend” thanks to a career that saw him notch up number one singles around the world, with smash hits like Puppet On A String, Congratulations, All Kinds Of Everything, Shang-a-Lang and Surround Yourself With Sorrow.
Deacon Blue frontman Ricky Ross said: “You never really think any further ahead than making your next record.
“It’s really lovely to get an award like this after 25 years and to still be out there playing live, particularly as we are playing new songs.
“It’s not really for me to judge whether the songs written 25 years ago have stood the test of time, but we must have done something right as people are still coming to see us.”
Tartan Clef Awards: The Winners
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland’s Special Recognition Award supported by Glasgow City Council – Nicola Benedetti
King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Songwriting Award – Love and Money
Hard Rock Café Album of the Year – The View
Silverburn Most Stylish New Artist Award – Carly Connor
Sunday Mail Living Legend Award – Bill Martin
Ticketmaster UK Landmark Achievement Award – Deacon Blue
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland Inspiration Award – Red Sky July
Sir Reo Stakis Pride of Scotland Award – Barbara Dickson