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Choice Music Prize turns five

Bang those drums, blow those trumpets, air those pipes….. it’s the return of the Choice Music Prize! Here are the dates for your diaries for the fifth Choice Music Prize. The 10 albums on the shortlist for the Irish Album …

Wed, Nov 25, 2009, 14:56

   

Bang those drums, blow those trumpets, air those pipes….. it’s the return of the Choice Music Prize!

Here are the dates for your diaries for the fifth Choice Music Prize. The 10 albums on the shortlist for the Irish Album of the Year 2009 prize will be announced on Wednesday January 13 and the live event will take place at Vicar Street, Dublin on Wednesday March 3.

The winning act will be selected at that event and will go home with a cheque for €10,000 (courtesy of the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) and the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO)) and a smashing piece of glassware (courtesy of industry body, Recorded Artists & Performers (RAAP)).

The shortlist is selected by a panel of 12 men and women who write about and/or talk about music for a living. These judges are currently figuring out which of the 200+ Irish albums released in 2009 will get on the shortlist and realising that you can’t get all 200 on that list. As always, you’ll find out who the judges are when the shortlist is announced in January.

Interestingly, when we announced details last year, OTR readers plumped for Jape to win from the get-go. Wonder will your guesses be as on-the-money this year?

Declaration of interest: I’m the co-founder of this yoke and also the non-voting chairman of the judging panel.

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