Castle Kennedy’s Robyn up for top trad music award

Robyn Stapleton
Robyn Stapleton

Wigtownshire’s rising traditional music star, Robyn Stapleton, has been nominated to win one of Scotland’s most prestigious awards in the traditional music world.

Robyn stands to win Scottish Traditional Singer of the Year at this year’s MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.

The awards, now in their 12th year, honour Scotland’s best traditional musicians across 16 categories. The public has until Friday, November 28, to cast its vote.

With a wide repertoire of traditional and folk songs, this has been a successful year for Castle Kennedy’s Robyn. She has sung alongside internationally-acclaimed Celtic music band The Outside Track at this year’s Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Proms in the Park. She has taught in workshops at Gourock’s new festival Folk for Folk; performed at the Commonwealth Live in Glasgow Green and BBC’s Commonwealth Concert Series at the Quay.

Robyn is also this year’s BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician.

Robyn will represent the region along with singer Emily Smith from thornhill and Auchencairn-based fiddler Gavin Marwick.

The MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards take place at Inverness Leisure on Saturday, December 13. Winners from each category will be the artist who receives an equal combination of the most industry and fan votes. To vote, visit www.scotstradmusicawards.com/voting.