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Ryan (left) and Ross Couper.

A NUMBER of Shetland musicians are finalists for this year’s MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.

Ross and Ryan Couper’s And Den Dey Made Tae is nominated for Album of the Year.

The brothers, who play fiddle and guitar respectively, released their first joint album last year.

Among their rivals for the prize will be former Shetland resident Kris Drever, who gets a nod for his Where the World is Thin record.

Inge Thomson, originally from Fair Isle, is nominated for the original work of the year prize for her Wild Edges project.

It was a commission suite composed by Thomson featuring Phil Cunningham, Chris Stout, Jenny Sturgeon and Jimmy Stout, with proceeds going to the Fair Isle Bird Observatory rebuild.

Meanwhile Tartan Tunes is nominated for the Trad Music in the Media prize.

Shetland accordion player Peter Wood one of the presenters for the online, not for profit Scottish music platform, while his wife Karen helps to produce its podcast.

The show features “music, stories, history and craic”.

People can vote for their favourite nominees here ahead of the awards ceremony taking place in Glasgow on 4 December.