Jim Carroll

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It’s the one you have been waiting for – the Choice Music Prize shortlist

Here are the 10 albums which have made the Choice Music Prize shortlist for Irish Album of the Year 2009 (list in alphabetical order: And So I Watch You From Afar “And So I Watch You From Afar” (Smalltown America) …

Wed, Jan 13, 2010, 16:14

   

Here are the 10 albums which have made the Choice Music Prize shortlist for Irish Album of the Year 2009 (list in alphabetical order:

And So I Watch You From Afar “And So I Watch You From Afar” (Smalltown America)
Bell X1 “Blue Lights On The Runway” (BellyUp)
Codes “Trees Dream in Algebra” (EMI)
Adrian Crowley “Season of the Sparks” (Chemikal Underground)
Dark Room Notes “We Love You Dark Matter” (Gonzo)
The Duckworth Lewis Method “The Duckworth Lewis Method” (1969/Divine Comedy Records)
Julie Feeney “Pages” (Mittens)
Valerie Francis “Slow Dynamo” (VF)
Laura Izibor “Let The Truth Be Told” (Atlantic)
The Swell Season “Strict Joy” (Plateau)

The live event will take place in Vicar Street, Dublin on Wednesday March 3 and will feature performances from as many of the acts who can play on the night as possible (we’ll be announcing the full details in the next few weeks). Tickets, priced €27 euro including booking fees, go on sale on Monday next.

The winning act will receive a cheque for €10,000 (courtesy of the Irish Recorded Music Association and the Irish Music Rights Organisation) and a smashing piece of glassware (courtesy of industry body Recorded Artists & Performers). Without those three industry bodies, there would not be a Choice Music Prize.

The shortlist is selected by a panel of 12 folks who write about and/or talk about and/or broadcast music for a living. They compile their individual Top 10 lists and we combine the results, giving 10 points to the album at number one in each list, 9 points to the album at number 2 and so on right down to one point for the album at number 10.

As is customary, these judges have stayed schtum about their involvment in the project until now. A lot of people wonder why we keep their identities under wraps – it’s simply to ensure that there is no canvassing from PRs or labels and that the judges can come up with the shortlist without any third party pressure whatsoever. As simple as that.

Anyway, the judges who came up with this shortlist and will have the final decision on March 3 are:

Martin Burns (News of the World)
Josh Clarke (i102-104, Galway)
Roisin Dwyer (Hot Press)
Tony Fenton (Today FM)
Cathal Funge (Phantom 105.2, Dublin)
Padraic Halpin (Ragged Words)
Sophie Gorman (Irish Independent)
John McMahon (2fm)
Rob O’Connor (Beat 102-103, Waterford)
Eva Staic (Spin 1038, Dublin)
Chris Wasser (Evening Herald)
Aoife Woodlock (Other Voices)

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