Lewis singer Josie Duncan is among the shortlisted nominees for the coveted Gaelic Singer of the Year award at the traditional music awards ‘Na Trads’.

Organizing body Hands Up for Trad announced the artists shortlisted for this year’s MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards today (Tuesday November 6th).

Josie features alongside island favourites such as Skerryvore and Julie Fowlis, whose album Alterum has been nominated as traditional album of the year. Julie is performing at An Lanntair alongside Duncan Chisholm, whose album Sandwood is also nominated, this Saturday (November 10th).

Josie Duncan, daughter of music teacher and choir conductor Avril Allen of Back, is a young folk singer equally at home in Gaelic, Scots or English.

This year Josie was awarded BBC Radio 2's Young Folk Award alongside guitarist Pablo Lafuente and she is also the singer in 'Inyal', an innovative band combining traditional instrumentation and Gaelic song with electronic beats. 

Josie has toured extensively over the past year, performing at venues and festivals across Europe, Scandinavia, Canada and America. In a review of one performance, the Scotsman said she had: "Effortlessly pure, supple vocals. It felt like a fresh breeze."

The full shortlist of nominees and online voting for your favorite acts or organisations is open from today, Tuesday 6th November until Tuesday 23rd November.

Votes can be cast online via http://www.scotstradmusicawards.com

The awards will be presented at Perth Concert Hall on Saturday December 1st.