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Celtic music radio presenter Gordon Hotchkiss up for award

By on November 26, 2014

Celtic Music Radio 95FM presenter Gordon Hotchkiss – and his programme Hotchkiss Hotchpotch – have been nominated in the Trad Music in the media category of this year’s MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.

Voting for these prestigious awards, returning for their 12th consecutive year, closes on Friday, November 28 with the winners to be announced in Inverness a fortnight later.

Gordon, from Partick, has been with Celtic Music Radio since its early RSL broadcasts for Celtic Connections in January 2006. The station went full-time with an Ofcom licence in January 2008 on 1530AM and switched over to 95FM across Glasgow in July this year.

He said: “Scottish traditional music has been the main interest in my life for many years. Playing the music has brought me into contact with some great musicians and characters and being able to share the rich diversity of the music has brought me immense satisfaction. I consider, however, that apart from the concert scene the main strength of the music lies in the informal ‘session’ scene.”

Gordon’s career highlights included being involved with Celtic Music Radio from almost its beginning and having the opportunity to play the music he loves. He also won a National Sony Award and a Television and Radio Industry Club of Scotland commendation in his days with Radio Clyde 261 in the 1980s.

He added: “Also, apart from having a great time playing all over the country and Europe with the Whistlebinkies and Auld Howff Band, winning the All Britain Fleadh Ceol and the TMSA competitions a few times for playing Concertina have been highlights. I have had the privilege of being invited three times to cover the Celtic Colors Festival in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and presenting a series of live programmes from Ireland covering St. Patrick’s Day and the All Ireland Fleadh.

Looking to the future, Gordon plans to continue to broadcast and play Scottish music to help maintain an appreciation of the Scottish national culture.

He added: “I have always had a great interest in history in which, of course, traditional music has played such an important part. At present, to continue the historical dimension I am conducting research into the Jacobite Risings for a series next year on the anniversary of the 1715 Rising. I am also looking at presenting a series on Irish songs of rebellion in 2016 marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916. This will look at the ‘Irish question’ from both sides in history as of course there is a great crossover between Ireland and Scotland in music and historical involvement.

“Celtic Music Radio 95FM is also investigating the possibility of presenting live broadcasts from festivals in Europe, the USA and the Celtic Colors Festival in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia which has a rich Scottish heritage.”

Event founder and promoter Simon Thoumire said: “We are thrilled to bring the Scots Trad Awards to Inverness to celebrate our 12th year. As a city, Inverness has a great music scene and having just recently hosted The Royal National Mod, we know there is a wealth of support for trad music in the area. This year’s nominees are of such a high calibre and really showcase the burgeoning talent we have in the Scotland’s traditional music scene. We’d like to thank MG ALBA for their continued support of the awards and to Inverness for welcoming us with open arms. We are excited to make this year our biggest and best year yet.”

* The Scots Trad Awards will be live on BBC Alba on Saturday, December 13. BBC Alba is available on channel 8 in Scotland and on BBC iPlayer. Also throughout the UK on Sky channel 143, Freesat 110, Virgin Media cable 161. Other outlets in Scotland: Smallworld 170 (Ayrshire and North West England) and BT Vision channel 8. BBC Alba is run by MG Alba in partnership with the BBC. MG Alba is the operating name of Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gaidhlig – the Gaelic Media Service.

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