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Local outfit Birls Aloud at a recent fiddle and accordion festival, that will now have to step up its own fundraising efforts after charitable trust cutbacks. Photo Dale Smith
Birls Aloud at an accordion and fiddle festival. Photo Dale Smith

THE SHETLAND Accordion & Fiddle Club has been nominated for a national traditional music award.

The group is up for the club of the year prize at this year’s MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.

Shetland-based musician Jenny Sturgeon is also nominated for the composer of the year award, while Jenna Reid’s Blazin’ Fiddles is up for album of the year.

The Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Club was formed in 1978 and it meets fortnightly between September and March.

It also organises the annual Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival, which is now in its 31st year.

Sturgeon, meanwhile, is a singer-songwriter, composer and teacher originally from Aberdeenshire who also performs in Salt House and Northern Flyway with Inge Thomson.

Shetlander Jenna Reid sees her Scottish collective Blazin’ Fiddles nominated in the album of the year section for their record The Key.

This year’s MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards ceremony will take place in Perth on 1 December.