Winny-Malinky songsters’ big folk gong feat!

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A BEARSDEN girl is celebrating after finding out that her band has been named ‘Scottish Folk Band of the Year’.

Fiona Hunter (28), daughter of Joyce Hunter, who is well known in Bearsden as she was a clerical assistant at Bearsden Primary for many years, was nominated for awards in two categories in this year’s MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.

Unfortunately she didn’t pick up the Scots singer of the year, that award went to Joe Aitken from the North East of Scotland, but her band Malinky did scoop the ‘Scottish Folk Band of the Year’ award.

Fiona joined the band after graduating in 2004 and has toured extensively with them across Europe, Canada and the USA.

She knew from early on that she wanted a career in music and went on to study a BA Honours in traditional music at the RSAMD in Glasgow.

Fiona, a former Bearsden Primary and Bearsden Academy pupil, said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this award.

“The other nominees were fantastic so the competition was tough.

“It’s a total honour to be chosen and especially rewarding as this was the first time we won in three years of being nominated for it.

“We have lots of exciting things planned for next year and this award helped to put us on the map.”

Malinky are on tour down south just now and hope to make it to America soon .

They will also be performing at Celtic Connections on January 21 in the Strathclyde suite in the Royal Concert Hall.