With Avocet being shortlisted for UP and Coming Artist of the Year for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards The Fountain caught up with Iona and Sam to discuss the nomination, despite the predicament, and the excitement that can bring in a year such as 2020.

TF: You were shortlisted for Up and Coming Artist of the Year for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, that must have been exciting? 

Ah yes, it’s the first award we’ve been up for so very nice to be recognised, especially following the recent release of our first album. It’s also great to have something exciting happening in this otherwise uneventful time.. 

TF: How did you feel you compared with the others on the list?

Everyone’s great, all brilliant musicians. I suppose the obvious difference is that we are a group, and sing songs (mostly original and some traditional) rather than play tunes. As well as traditional Scottish music we’re also inspired by the marriage of folk & blues developed by artists such as Bert Jansch. We’ve all got different sounds and influences and backgrounds and you can hear that in the music. There’s an exciting and varied scene of folk music among young musicians in Scotland at the moment and I think this group of nominees represents that well.

TF: Have you been in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards nominees previously?

This was our first time!

TF: Have you had much involvement with them in the past?

We have always followed Hands up for Trad and the awards, it’s great to now be involved.

For more on the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards including their full list of winners click here