A coveted Scottish album of the year honour has been won by a Highland folk band days after they performed before First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Inverness outfit Elephant Sessions, who played at a reception at Edinburgh Castle’s great hall on St Andrew’s Night, were one of the big winners at the Scots Trad Music Awards in Paisley.
Elephant Sessions, who won the album of the year honour three years after being named best up and coming act, also performed at the event, which was broadcast live on BBC Alba and was staged just days before Paisley finds out if it will become the UK’s next “capital of culture.”
Talisk, who performed alongside Elephant Sessions at a major showcase of Scottish music at Europe’s biggest Celtic festival in Brittany in August, were named best folk band at the awards.
The event of the year title went to a gala concert at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow in honour of fiddler Angus Grant, who died just over a year ago.
Hebridean band Skipinnish lifted the live act of the year prize, while former frontman Robert Robertson, whose new band Tide Lines also performed at the ceremony, was crowed best Gaelic singer.
Accordion player Gary Innes, who took over as presenter of BBC Scotland's Take The Floor programmer from Robbie Shepherd in 2016 after 35 years at the helm, was crowned instrumentalist of the year.
Siobhan Miller was named best Scots singer, Adam Sutherland was honoured as composer of the year and Hò-rò were honoured as best up and coming act.
Awards founder Simon Thoumire said: “Every year we welcome some of the
best talent in the world to these awards, and we are honoured to see our 15th year being one of the biggest and best yet.
"We’ve had an outstanding evening with immense talent being showcased and
celebrated, so congratulations once again to all of tonight’s nominees and worthy winners."
Jean Cameron, director of Paisley's bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021, said: "“It’s been great to host the event for the first time. Paisley is proud of its great links with trad
through our annual arts festival the Spree and also through hosting the Royal National Mòd, which we will welcome back again in 2021 or 2022."
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Album of the Year
All We Have Is Now by Elephant Sessions
Community Project of the Year
Composer of the Year
Live Act of the Year
Scots Singer of the Year
Up and Coming Artist Award
Music Tutor of the Year
Gaelic Singer of the Year
Folk Band of the Year
Dance Band of the Year
Duncan Black Band
Scottish Pipe Band of the Year
Inveraray & District Pipe Band
Club of the Year
Edinburgh Folk Club
Instrumentalist of the Year
Event of the Year
A Night For Angus (Shooglenifty at Celtic Connections)
Trad Music in the Media
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Venue of the Year