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Arts / Norman nominated again for Scottish jazz award

Norman Willmore photographed by Liam Henderson.

A SHETLAND saxophone player has again been nominated for a Scottish Jazz Award.

Norman Willmore is up for the rising star prize and will compete against four other musicians.

He was also nominated for the rising star prize in the 2021 awards.

The musician, who is originally from Shetland but now lives in Glasgow, said he was “delighted” to be nominated.

Winners of the 10th Scottish Jazz Awards will be unveiled at a ceremony in Glasgow on 8 December.

Director of Glasgow Jazz Festival and producer of the Scottish Jazz Awards Jill Rodger said: “There is so much talent to celebrate and we would like to congratulate everyone on their much-deserved nominations. It’s now down to the public to further explore the talent we have across the country and cast their vote over the coming weeks.”

People can vote for Willmore online up until 5pm on Friday 25 November.

Meanwhile the saxophonist is set to play a concert at next year’s Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow celebrating the legacy of Shetland guitarist Peerie Willie Johnson.

The event will be headlined by Martin Taylor, with Willmore joined by pianist Dave Milligan and fellow local musicians Bryan Gear and Violet Tulloch.

The gig will take place at the Mackintosh Church on 22 January.

Gear and Tulloch will also play at the City Halls Recital Room on the same day.

Meanwhile local folk act Herkja will also take to the Celtic Connections stage at a Royal Concert Hall gig supporting Orcadian Kris Driver on 27 January.

Local fiddler Kevin Henderson will also perform with Session A9 at the Royal Concert Hall on 30 January.

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