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Lifetime award for Davie

Kevin Henderson with his father Davie's award at the Scottish Trad Music Awards on Saturday night. Photo: Louis DeCarlo

DAVIE Henderson, the sadly missed mainstay of the Shetland Folk Festival who died early this year, was honoured with a lifetime award at the Scottish Trad Music Awards in Inverness on Saturday night.

Henderson’s son Kevin was handed the Hamish Henderson award for services to traditional music on behalf of his late father, having already opened the event as a member of Fiddlers’ Bid.

Shetland’s stalwart dance band Da Fustra also walked away with the Dance Band of the Year award, having won it 10 years ago.

Band founder Cecil Hughson thanked the children of Anderson High School and Sandwick Junior High School for helping to win the award by sending in large numbers of votes.

Fiddlers’ Bid harpist Catriona Mackay also won instrumentalist of the year.

In an emotional acceptance speech – which he described afterwards as the “hardest thing I’ve ever had to do” – Kevin Henderson said his father would have been “thrilled” to receive his award.

Davie Henderson at Celtic Connections in 2013. Photo: Sean Purser

“I always knew he was a very popular guy in the music scene, but after he passed away I realised just how popular he was,” Kevin said, before the 1,000 strong audience rose to give him a standing ovation.

He added: “It was a very emotional night, but I was very proud to collect dad’s award on behalf of the family.”

The awards ceremony can be seen on BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04vcyqv/na-trads-2014

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