Scotland’s first ‘Covid-safe festival’ vying for event of the year honor


Capers in Cannich, a small-scale music and glamping festival, was launched in May in response to strict Covid rules in Scotland.

Staged on a remote farm in the Highlands, it was designed to allow music fans to spend their weekends in a socially remote ‘bubble’ and was the first festival to be held in Scotland after the lockdown was lifted.

Also nominated for an award, a single and video created in honor of Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir and his fundraising efforts since being diagnosed with motor neuron disease.

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Festival goers stayed in luxury tents during the new Capers in Cannich event.

Five Capers in Cannich events were held over the summer at Invercannich Farm, near Beauly, in the Highlands, by Karl Falconer and his family.

The event, which is slated to return in 2022, is up for next month’s MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, alongside an EIF traditional music presentation hosted at the Old College Quad at the University of Edinburgh and of this year’s Celtic Connections, fully online.

Under Canvas, an open-air festival hosted by Eden Court in Inverness, and the National Association of Accordion and Violin Clubs Festival are also up for the same prize.

The awards, also known as Na Trads, will be presented at Engine Works in Glasgow and broadcast by BBC Alba on December 4th. The public price vote begins today.

Five editions of Capers in Cannich took place between May and September. Photo: Ryan Balharry

Capers in Cannich Director Karl Falconer said: “As a brand new event, it’s fantastic to be nominated.

“Bringing our Covid-safe concept to life for the first time has been an incredibly exciting challenge and this appointment is a testament to the hard work and vision of the team. in Scotland.”

Highland violinist and broadcaster Bruce MacGregor put together a new “Scottish Folk Orchestra” to create Doddie’s Dream, which included violinist Nicola Benedetti, fellow Blazin ‘Fiddles and trad stars Julie Fowlis, Duncan Chisholm, Aly Bain , Phil Cunningham, Ali Levack, Gary Innes, Douglas Montgomery and Brian Cromarty.

MacGregor, based in Inverness, said: “The melody came to me at Hogmanay. It almost sounded like an anthem and quite upbeat, despite everything that was going on at the time.

The MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards will take place in Glasgow next month.

“I was on my bike a few weeks later and almost fell. I was just like, ‘Why am I kidding when I could make music to raise money for Doddie’s charity?’

“The single and the video took about three weeks to record. They had so much support when they came out and Doddie’s Dream came in ninth on the UK charts.

“People now play it on all kinds of instruments and it’s being played ahead of Scotland’s games at Murrayfield this month.”

Other nominees in the Best Traditional Video category include Ali Levack, Lewis McLaughlin, Mhairi Macmillan and Lapwyng. President, Karen Matheson, Gnoss and Kris Drever.

Anna Massie and Bruce MacGregor were among the musicians who recorded Doddie’s Dream.

Ali Levack, Findlay Napie, Ingrid Henderson, Iona Fyfe and Mhairi Hall are all shortlisted for Musician of the Year, while Arthur Coates, John Dew, Madderam and The Canny Band are nominees for Best Upcoming Artist.

Ainslie Hamill, Iain ‘Costello’ Maciver, Kim Carnie and Mairi Macmillan will compete for the crown for Best Gaelic Singer.

Beth Malcolm, Calum McIlroy, Cameron Nixon and Ellie Beaton are all nominated for the award for Best Scottish Singer.


Original work of the year sponsored by PRS for Music

1. Calum MacPhail – 7 years old

Ali Levack, Julie Fowlis, Brian Cromarty and Douglas Montgomery were among the musicians who recorded Doddie’s Dream.

2. The Waltz of Fatma – Adam Sutherland

4. The Driftwood Project – Jack Badcock

5. Wild Edges – Inge Thomson

Community Project of the Year sponsored by Greentrax Recordings

1. Cabraich Community Arts, Stornoway: Online Skills and Ceilidh

2. The “Our Rivers and Glens” project by the Dee and Don Ceilidh collective

3. Riddell Fiddles Township Youth Music Awareness Program4. Stonehaven Folk Club Folk in crisis concerts

Event of the year sponsored by VisitScotland

3. Eden Court under canvas

4. In The Tradition – Edinburgh International Festival 2021 Traditional Music Program

Gaelic Singer of the Year sponsored by The Highland Society of London

2. Iain ‘Costello’ Maciver

University of the Highlands and Islands Sponsored Musician of the Year

2021 Online Performance Sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust

1. Live broadcast of Alec Dalglish

2. A summer session of Tobar

3. Làn-Dùil online festival

4. Live broadcast of Norrie “Tago” MacIver

5. Launch of the Ron Jappy Vincular album

Citty Finlayson Scottish Singer of the Year sponsored by the Traditional Music and Song Association

Trad Video of the Year sponsored by Threads of Sound

1. The Path of the Adahs – Ali Levack

2. Doddie’s Dream – Bruce MacGregor

3. Summer – Lewis McLaughlin

4. Mairead nan Cuiread – Mhairi Macmillan

5. Pretty Girl – Lapwyng (Valtos Remix)

Traditional music in the media sponsored by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

1. Ceòl est Cràdh ‘(BBC ALBA)

4. The 22nd Annual Pipes of Christmas – 2020 / The Clan Currie Society / The Learned Kindred of Currie

Promising Artist of the Year sponsored by the Royal Conservatory of Scotland

Music Tutor of the Year Award sponsored by the Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative

1. Imogen Bose Ward, violin

3. Isla Ratcliff, Scottish music group

5. Craig Muirhead, director of piping and percussion at Strathallan school

Album of the Year sponsored by Birnam CD

1. And Den Dey Made Tae by Ross & Ryan Couper

2. Cairdeas by Brian Ó hEadhra & Fionnag NicChonnich

6. Milestone by Duncan Lyall

7. Orkney monster by The Chair

8. Still Time by Karen Matheson

9. Moonlight by Gnoss

10. Where the World is Thin by Kris Drever

The Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow was held without an audience in early 2021. Photo: Gaelle Beri
The Old College Quad at the University of Edinburgh hosted the Edinburgh International Festival ‘In The Tradition’ concert series. Photo: Ryan Buchanan


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