Local News for Friday 10th November 2017
Island Trad nominees need votes!
The annual Scots Traditional Music awards shortlist has been announced, and the nominees include island musicians. The Trads, organised by Hands Up for Trad and sponsored by MG Alba, are a public vote award, and people have until November 24th to vote for one, or all of the categories. Among islanders nominated are Josie Duncan, who is in the shortlist for best folk band with her singing partner Pablo Lafuente, and who is also nominated as part of best up and coming band Inyal. The lively band Hò-Ro, featuring Stornoway musicians Keith Morrison and DC Macmillan, has also been nominated for best up and coming band and Skipinnish, with lead singer Norrie Tago Maciver from Carloway, is in the running as live act of the year. Nominated as venue of the year for its support of traditional music is An Lanntair. You can place your votes using the link on the Isles FM Facebook page. Winners in all categories will be announced at Na Trads in Paisley on December 2nd.
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Local News for Thursday 9th November 2017
Loch Seaforth returns to service
The Stornoway Ullapool ferry, MV Loch Seaforth, is returning to service after her annual refit at Leith, where she was held back for a couple of days while sea trials were carried out. She was due to start back on the service on Tuesday, but will now be back on the route from today. Services between Castlebay and Oban have meanwhile been disrupted both by weather conditions and by technical problems with the replacement vessel MV Isle of Arran, which stood in for Isle of Lewis while she was serving the Stornoway route. The next island service to be affected during the annual dry dock schedule will be the Sound of Barra route, with MV Loch Alainn being replaced by MV Loch Bhrusda from December 4th for two weeks.
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