Colin Clyne up for award

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A Stonehaven man has been nominated for the second year in a row for “Best Acoustic Act” at the San Diego Music Awards in California.

Singer and Songwriter Colin Clyne, who now lives between Stonehaven and San Diego, won this award last year for the category that is decided by an online public vote.

The former Mackie Academy pupil will be one of the acts supporting the Red Hot Chilli Pipers at this year’s Open Air in the Square party at Hogmanay. Colin says his homeland has been important in his career: “Having my Scottish connection and roots was paramount to me winning last year. It will be a tall order to retain the award I won in 2011 but as always I’m up for a challenge and I firmly believe my friends, family and fans are the greatest.”

The offshore worker released his debut album “Doricana” this year which has been built on years of touring, and honing his acoustic guitar based mix of Celtic, folk and pop influences.

The songs are a blend of his Scottish influences and love of American music. They are recorded and produced by Grammy Award Winning Engineer Alan Sanderson, who has worked with the Rolling Stones and Burt Bacharach.

The album also features Matt Hensley (Flogging Molly) and Dennis Caplinger (Eric Clapton).

On the 13 August, Colin will attend The 2012 San Diego Music Awards in California in hope of receiving the award for Best Acoustic Act for a second year running. This award has previously been won by internationally acclaimed artists Jason Mraz and Jewel, as well as the Stoney lad.

Colin has played in both solo and band mode and has been impressing crowds at venues ranging from Hollywood’s infamous Viper Room, to the Scotland’s Tartan Heart Festival and we have the chance to see him taking to the stage at Stonehaven’s Hogmanay party 2012.