Choice Music Prize Irish album of the year shortlist revealed

James Vincent McMorrow, Lankum and Marlene Enright among 2017 nominees

James Vincent McMorrow, Lankum and Marlene Enright are among the nominees for this year's RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year.

Vincent McMorrow's True Care made the shortlist, announced on Wednesday afternoon, alongside Lankum's Beneath the Earth and the Sky and Cork singer-songwriter Marlene Enright's self-released Placemats and Second Cuts.

Dublin hard rock outfit Fangclub also made the cut with their self-titled debut album, as did Otherkin, Fionn Regan and Talos.

Full shortlist:

Come On Live Long - In The Still (self released) - Read the review


Marlene Enright - Placemats and Second Cuts (self released) - Read the review

Fangclub - Fangclub (Universal) - Read the review

Lankum - Beneath the Earth and the Sky (Rough Trade) - Read the review

James Vincent McMorrow - True Care (Faction Records) - Read the review

New Jackson - From Night to Night (All City) - Read the review

Otherkin - OK (Rubyworks) - Read the review

Fionn Regan - The Meetings of the Waters (Abbey Records) - Read the review

Ships - Precession (Ships Music) - Read the review

Talos - Wild Alee (Feel Good Lost) - Read the review

The winner of the prize, awarded by a panel of judges to the best Irish album of the previous calender year, will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 8th March 2018.

The winner will receive €10,000, funded by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). You can listen to the entries at the Choice Music Prize site, or on

The Choice Music Prize for Irish song of the year 2017 will be announced on Wednesday, January 31st.

Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are €28.00 including booking fee, available at Ticketmaster outlets and

Dean Ruxton

Dean Ruxton

Dean Ruxton is an Audience Editor at The Irish Times. He also writes the Lost Leads archive series