Trad Music Awards coming to Paisley for the first time

More great news for Paisley - the Scots Trad Awards are coming to town in 2017 for the first time ever!

The news was announced by event founder Simon Thoumire at this year’s Gala Concert and Awards Ceremony in Dundee.

Trad Music Awards coming to Paisley for the first time

Paisley Town Hall will be the venue for this year's awards on Saturday 2 December 2017.

The Scots Trad Awards are considered a major highlight in the traditional music calendar. They aim to highlight Scotland’s wonderful traditional music in all its forms and shine a light on talent as well as the industry in general.

This year’s awards will be broadcast to the world (via so this will be a great opportunity for Paisley to reach out to a global audience!  

And it's another high-profile music event to add to our growing roster, with both the British Pipe Band Championships and the Scottish Album of the Year Awards returning in 2017. 

Renfrewshire’s talents have featured heavily in the Awards in recent years with The Scott Wood Band nominated for ‘Folk Band of the Year’ in 2014 while Johnstone Pipe Band are in contention for ‘Pipe Band of the Year’ this year (see separate release for results).


Photographs: Louis DeCarlo

Simon Thoumire said, “Hands Up for Trad are really delighted that the 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards will be hosted by Paisley, currently bidding for the UK City of Culture title in 2021, home of The Spree, and the birth place of some of Scotland’s finest musical talent. We're really looking forward to working with Renfrewshire Council to make the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2017 the best yet".

Cllr Mark Macmillan, chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board, said, “We are delighted to be hosting the Trad Awards in 2017 and look forward to welcoming fans from all over the world. Paisley’s music scene is thriving, offering formal concerts and more impromptu gigs in local cafes, bars and restaurants, as organisers grow in confidence. Add several major music events in 2017 and the reasons to visit have grown enormously.”  

More information about the awards is available on the Scottish Trad Music Awards website.