Last Saturday night I got to head along to the Specsavers’ Scottish Music Awards in aid of Nordoff Robbins, to get all the chat from the winners with Paul and Amy from the team at BBC Radio Scotland’s Afternoon Show.
Nordoff Robbins is a charity which supports and researches the effect that music therapy has on those affected by life-limiting illness, isolation or disabilities, and the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards raises money for the cause every year.
In its 21st Year, the awards ceremony was hosted in one of my favourite Glasgow venues, the Old Fruit Market, with performances from some of the winners on the night; Be Charlotte, Tom Walker (featuring the Red Hot Chilli Pipers!), Twin Atlantic, Joesef, Tidelines & Simple Minds… it was an immense night full of Scottish talent.
Twin Atlantic have been one of my favourite bands as long as I can remember, so, when it was announced that they were performing at the awards I jumped at the chance to have a chat with them backstage. Before that though, while they picked up the award for Best Band, the band did something pretty special with their time in the spotlight; they told me all about it…
The award winners of the night were;
Evolution Award: Be Charlotte
Best Album : Tom Walker
Music Business Award : Jake Duncan
Electronic Music Award : Auntie Flo
Breakthrough Artist Award : Joesef
Best International Award : The Cuban Brothers
Rising Sound of Scotland Award : Tide Lines
Best Band Award : Twin Atlantic
Women in Music : Debbie McWilliams
Living Legend Award : The Incredible String Band
Song Writing Award : Lewis Capaldi
Ticketmaster Tourmaster Award : Gerry Cinnamon
Best UK Artist Award : Liam Gallagher
Specsavers Outstanding Contribution to Music Award : Simple Minds
Simple Minds accepted their award for outstanding contribution to music at the end of the night, and had everyone dancing away to their three song set of hits, finishing with a favourite – ‘Don’t You Forget About Me.’
The Specsavers Scottish Music Awards is a night that no-one will forget about in a while, but it’s also important to not forget about the reason behind it all – raising money for Nordoff Robbins. If you want to find out more about the charity and the work it does, you can, at the link below.