Border country man picks up top music award

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LOCAL country singer George Inglis was presented with a top country music award after his band Rockin’ Horse lifted the coveted Hotdisc Horizon Award for their success in the country music business in 2010.

The award was presented by DJ and Hotdisc’s promotional service chief Stuart Cameron.

Rockin’ Horse were named top newcomers thanks to the success of two of their songs in the Hotdisc European Country Music Charts, which are published in every country music magazine in the UK. The charts are put together on merit by DJs and media professionals from the country music industry.

The Hotdisc Horizon Award is presented annually at the Lakeside Country Club in Surrey as part of Southern Country magazine’s sell-out awards night.

The band were working in Scotland so were unable to attend the ceremony, but Stuart, who also hosts the Hotdisc Top 40 Show on CMR Nashville Radio, presented the award to George, who sent a video message to the 1,000-strong crowd and sang a special version of one of the band’s two number one songs last year, The Man in Black.

George, from Clovenfords, said: “It’s been a super year for us. We did a TV series for BBC Alba, had two number ones in the Hotdisc Country Chart and picked up a number of awards around the country. I’ve been writing songs for years and never had much confidence but this year, thanks to prodding from a number of people who encouraged me, I decided to release a couple and the public and the industry have said that they’re ok!”

Stuart added: “It’s been a thrill to present the award to George and the band because they’ve bucked the trend. With the greatest respect to them, none of them are spring chickens, but it proves that traditional country music still has a place in the national music scene.”

Photograph: Rob Gray