Meteoric rise continues for The Script
THE ACCOLADES keep coming for Dublin pop rock band The Script. Having already garnered No1 album status in Ireland and the UK, The Script were the big success at last night’s Meteor Music awards, winning best band and best Irish album for their self-titled debut which was only released in August.
The trio, singer Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power, are producers turned songwriters and their polished record has sold more than 600,000 copies at a time when album sales are being decimated by illegal downloading.
The album’s long gestation was accompanied by personal tragedy for guitarist Sheehan, whose mother died while it was being recorded, and O’Donoghue, whose father died unexpectedly of a heart attack.
Liberties-born rockabilly singer Imelda May, who has become something of an overnight sensation after more than a decade in the music business, capped an incredible year by winning Best Irish Female.
May reflected on a year which saw the release of her debut album Love Tattoo and an appearance on Later With Jools Holland.
“It’s just music, music, music at the moment. We’ve already started the new album. We’re going on tour.
“It means that the party will go on a lot longer that it was going on in the first place. I was happy enough to be nominated.
“To win is brilliant and especially on Paddy’s Day, what a day.”
Mullingar band The Blizzards were nominated for three awards and won in the category they really wanted – best Irish live performance for their barnstorming set at Oxegen last year.
Last Sunday they played in front of a capacity crowd at Nelson’s Column as part of the London St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Lead singer Niall Breslin said: “Winning this award is not just about us. It was about the people who were there with us.”
Cork singer-songwriter Mick Flannery pulled off something of a surprise, winning best Irish male in a strong field and ahead of the highly-tipped Duke Special and Choice Music Prize winner Jape.
Wallis Bird, who created something of an internet sensation with her version of the Depeche Mode song Just Can’t Get Enough won the Hope for 2009 Meteor Award and Westlife picked up the award for Best Irish Pop Act for the ninth year in a row.
Sharon Shannon was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for her exceptional contribution to Irish music and Phillipines-based priest Fr Shay Cullen was given a humanitarian award and a cheque for €100,000 for his charity.
Among those who played at last night’s event were the Stereophonics, James Morrison, who won best international male, and Mercury Prize winners Elbow.
Lead singer Guy Garvey’s Irish roots go back a long way and he pronounced himself delighted to be in Ireland for St Patrick’s Day. “My great-great grandfather left Cork in 1822 and the Garveys have been in Manchester ever since. We’re tripping the light fantastic.”
Irish band:The Script
Irish male:Mick Flannery
Irish Female:Imelda May
Irish Pop Act:Westlife
Irish Live Performance:The Blizzards (Oxegen)
Irish album:The Script (The Script)