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Orange Juice lift gong at awards

Edwyn Collins
Edwyn Collins was a leading figure on the alternative Scottish scene

Scottish indie band Orange Juice have lifted the lifetime achievement honour at the Tartan Clef awards.

The Fratellis were also among the big winners at the ceremony, which was held at the Old Fruit Market in Glasgow's Merchant City.

Sharleen Spiteri won the outstanding contribution award, while The Almighty lifted the Scottish rock award.

The event raises money for the Nordoff-Robbins charity which promotes the use of music therapy.

Orange Juice singer Edwyn Collins was a leading figure on the alternative Scottish scene in the late 1970s and 1980s, forming his first band, Nu-Sonics, aged 17.

I'm working again, writing songs again, slowly
Edwyn Collins

They became Orange Juice, who were independent favourites and briefly broke into the mainstream with Rip It Up in 1983.

He went on to pursue a solo career, making an impact with A Girl Like You, a top 10 hit in seven countries in 1995.

"I'm working again, writing songs again, slowly," said Collins after the event.

"It's thanks to the therapy that I was able to find my voice again and it's getting better all the time."

Mary Brown, executive director of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland, said: "Funds raised from the Tartan Clef Music Awards are crucial as they help to secure the continuation of music therapy sessions for the many children and adults accessing the services.

"Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland is looking to expand and develop its work, so it is hoped that the increased profile the Tartan Clef Music Awards brings will enable even more children and adults to receive music therapy."

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