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"Hands up for Trad" will be hosting the fifth 'Scots Trad Music Awards' weekend in Fort William from the 29th November - Saturday 1st December 2007.

The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival's "Ballads and Bairns" initiative has been nominated in the "Community Projects" category.

You can vote for us by clicking HERE.

You can either vote online or download a pdf or Word file to fill in and post.

The aim of the Awards is to highlight Scotland's wonderful traditional music in all its forms and to create a high profile opportunity which will bring the music and music industry into the spotlight of media & public attention.

The winners will be announced at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2007, which will be held in Fort Wiliam from 29 Nov to 1 Dec 2007.

Your vote will help us to win an award. Please encourage your friends, family and colleagues to vote too (but only once each) - numbers count at this stage!

You can vote for us by clicking HERE.

About the Project

The "Ballads and Bairns" project works as a productive partnership between Aberdeenshire's Youth Music Initiative (YMI), the strongly community based Scottish Traditional Boat Festival committee, free lance professional trad musicians, and the primary schools in the Banff cluster. Upper primary pupils write new songs of local interest to trad tunes with local connections. (lots of 'A Curriculum for Excellence' stuff here!) These are performed at the Boat Festival at Portsoy in June. Traditional music plays a very important part in the festival.

Click on the links below to visit some of
the Boat Festival archives about "Ballads and Bairns".

 There are lots of photos and lyrics and even some manuscripts and midi files.

2007 Ballads and Bairns.

The aim for 2007 was for the children to learn an old song from their own part of the world, write a new song to a traditional tune, and, for some, to learn a tune on the whistle with Norman. The concert programme is listed here complete with the words to the new songs.

2007 Photoreport

2006 - Ballads n' Beats

A concert of songs created and performed by local children.

2005 - ballads fae the bairns.

Songs created and performed by the children from the Primary Schools at Aberchirder, Banff, Bracoden, Fordyce, King Edward, Macduff, Ordiquhill, Portsoy & Whitehills. With words, manuscripts and midi files.

2005 Photoreport

2004 Traditional Music Master Classes

You can vote for us by clicking HERE.