Inveraray Pipe Band and Heron Valley up for awards

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Two of Argyll’s top musical groups are up for prestigious awards in the traditional music world.

Festival favourites Heron Valley from Cowal are nominated in the Up and Coming Artist award, with world champions Inveraray and District Pipe Band nominated for Scottish Pipe Band of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music awards.

Other nominations for musical acts include Skipinnish and Tide Lines, both up for the Live Act of the Year award.

The awards will take place in a glittering ceremony at Paisley Lagoon Centre on Saturday December 2, as Paisley vies to become City of Culture 2021.

Performances on the night will come from Tide Lines, Siobhan Miller and the Shee Big Band.

Event founder and promoter Simon Thoumire said: ‘A massive congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees – we can’t wait to welcome them to Paisley for the ceremony.

‘Hands Up for Trad is dedicated to showcasing the level of talent in this country, and the awards are a real highlight in the calendar each year.’

There is still time to vote for your favourite before the closing date of November 24.

To vote, go to