A THREE Towns band has been named alongside music royalty in the running for the 2023 Scottish Album of the Year prize.

Voldo, which features Kyle Meldrum and, Amanda Lorean on vocals, Jimmy Skiffle on guitar and Nunny Boy on bass and turntables, have been nominated for their album Melting Pot, which was released on Number 78 Records at the end of last year.

Also in the running for the much-coveted accolade are globally famous names such as Paolo Nutini, The Bluebells and Mogwai.

Nunny Boy - whose work has received airplay on BBC Radio 1, 1xtra, Radio Kaos Caribou and more - told the Herald: "We're very proud of our music and everything we have achieved so far.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: The Melting Pot cover

"It's really great to get some recognition for all the hard work we've been doing over the last 12 months. It feels like a fresh puff of wind in the sails."

Melting Pot has been described by Snack Mag as "a joyful journey of musical discovery, full of those special moments that just bring a smile to your face".

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic

The album has already received a huge thumbs up from music legend Krist Novoselic, the bass player from Nirvana.

After listening to Melting Pot he sent a postcard to Nunny Boy thanking him for sharing the band's efforts and encouraging him and his bandmates to 'rock on'.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Krist's postcard to the band

The Three Towns connection doesn't begin and end with the music and musicians featured on Melting Pot: the album's artwork has been created by former Ardrossan resident Jonny Cannon, from Cannon Hill Comics (cannonhillcomics.bigcartel.com).

If you would like to check out Voldo's music you can find then on all major streaming platforms at linktr.ee/voldo.

You can also catch them live around the country later this year - watch this space for full details of dates and venues.

The full Scottish Album of the Year longlist for 2023 can be found online at www.sayaward.com.