Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2015

SOAK wins the Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2015

Gavin James takes home the Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year 2015

 

The Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of the Year 2015 WinnersSoak

The Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of the Year 2015 Winner: Soak

Soak has been announced as the winner of the Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2015 for the album Before We Forgot How To Dream (Rough Trade). The judging panel, made up of Irish music media professionals, deliberated at length tonight before choosing the winning album. Instead of using sales or airplay as criteria, the Choice Music Prize judges focus, simply and solely, on the music.

U2’s Adam Clayton presented Bridie aka Soak with her award.

The winner of the Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year was also announced and Gavin James won the prize for the song “Bitter Pill” (Warner Music). Decided by the public via the Choice Music Prize website, there was a fantastic response as fans got behind their favourite song.

Soak received a cheque for €10,000, a prize which has been provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) – as well as a specially-commissioned award. The sold-out event in Vicar Street, Dublin was hosted by Today FM’s Paul McLoone and was broadcast live on the station on Paul’s show.

The full shortlist of nominated albums for the 11th annual prize was as follows (albums in alphabetical order):

Girl BandHolding Hands with Jamie (Rough Trade)

HamsandwicHStories From The Surface (Route 109A Records)

Gavin JamesBitter Pill (Warner Music Ireland)

JapeThis Chemical Sea (Faction Records)

Le GalaxieLe Club (Universal Music Ireland)

Colm Mac Con IomaireAnd Now The Weather (Plateau)

Roisin MurphyHairless Toys (PIAS)

SoakBefore We Forgot How To Dream (Rough Trade)

VillagersDarling Arithmetic (Domino)

Young WonderBirth (Feel Good Lost)

The Choice Music Prize in Association with IMRO & IRMA.

Project Partners are: Today FM, RAAP, RTE 2, HMV, Culture Ireland and Music Week.

For further information, please contact:

Liza Geddes: lizageddes@gmail.com
Notes to Editor

The Choice Music Prize is organised by David Reid.  Irish Times music writer/critic Tony Clayton-Lea is the chairman of the judging panel.

Past recipients include:

2005: Julie Feeney13 Songs (Julie Feeney)

2006: The Divine ComedyVictory for the Comic Muse (Parlophone)

2007: Super Extra Bonus PartySuper Extra Bonus Party (Alphabet Set)

2008: Jape Ritual (Co-op Records)

2009: Adrian CrowleySeason of the Sparks (Chemikal Underground)

2010: Two Door Cinema ClubTourist History (Kitsune)

2011: JapeOcean of Frequency (Music Is For Losers)

2012: DelorentosLittle Sparks (Delo Records)

2013: Villagers{Awayland} (Domino)

2014: The GloamingThe Gloaming (Real World)

2015: Soak – Before We Forgot How To Dream (Rough Trade)

 

Further information can be found on:

 

http://twitter.com/choiceprize

http://www.choicemusicprize.ie

 

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