It’s the Choice Music Prize shortlist!
The judges have spoken and this is what they’ve had to say
Bang those drums and blow those trumpets: the 10 acts and albums shortlisted for the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of 2016 are as follows (in alphabetical order):
All Tvvins “IIVV” (Warner Music)
Bantum “Move” (Self release)
Wallis Bird “Home” (Caroline)
The Divine Comedy “Foreverland” (Divine Comedy Records)
Lisa Hannigan “At Swim” (Hoop)
Katie Kim “Salt” (Self release)
James Vincent McMorrow “We Move” (Believe)
Overhead the Albatross “Learning To Growl” (Self release)
Rusangano Family “Let The Dead Bury The Dead” (Self release)
We Cut Corners “The Cadence Of Others” (Delphi)
The judges who selected those 10 albums are as follows (again, in alphabetical order):
Louise Bruton (Freelance and Irish Times)
Brian Coney (Editor, The Thin Air) Maire Dineen (Súgradh Productions)
Suzanne Doyle (Music, film and television consultant) Dan Hegarty (2FM)
Paddy McKenna (Editor, Joe.ie) Cathal Murray (RTE Radio 1) Barbara Nic D (Classic Hits 4FM)
Colm O’Regan (Hot Press)
Niall Power (Head of Music, Beat FM)
Eva Short (Deputy Editor, Trinity News)
The details: the winning album will be selected by the judging panel at the Choice Music Prize live event at Vicar St, Dublin on Thursday March 9 which will be broadcast by the Prize’s new sponsor RTE 2fm (who, at least, will be playing a lot of Irish music for a change). Details of who will be playing the live show to be announced, but tickets are now on sale at €26.50 (plus assorted Ticketmaster charges) a pop. Commendably, the price of tickets for this event have always remained low.
The instant reaction: where he hell are Bell X1? “Arms” was a career redefining album and it was overlooked by the judging panel. Similarly, the absence of The Gloaming, a past Choice Music Prize winner, is noteworthy as are the no-shows for Lisa O’Neill, Cian Nugent and Roisin Murphy. Great to see the Rusangano Family make the cut. There are a couple of albums which would have been on my voting slip which aren’t there, but you’d expect that. Looks like no-one actually bothered with too much with either the Little Green Cars or Two Door Cinema Club albums after all. We should probably be grateful that the judges blanked Walking On Cars, mind.