Irish Song of the Year 2018 Shortlist Announcement
Your chance to vote for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Song of the Year 2018 at
The shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Song of the Year 2018, in association with IMRO & IRMA, was announced today on RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford. The shortlist is as follows:
Fontaines D.C. – Too Real
Niall Horan – On The Loose
Hozier (feat. Mavis Staples) – Nina Cried Power
Gavin James – Always
Laoise – Again
Mango X Mathman feat. Day_S – Lord Hear Us
Picture This – One Drink
Pillow Queens – Gay Girls
Saint Sister – Causing Trouble (Kormac Remix Feat. Jafaris)
Wild Youth – Can’t Move On
To vote for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Song of the Year 2017, visit
Votes are limited to one per person per day. Only votes cast in the Republic of Ireland will be counted. Voting closes at midnight on Sunday 3rd March.
As part of RTÉ’s continued commitment to promoting Irish music, RTÉ 2FM celebrates the announcement of the shortlist across its schedule throughout the day with another All Irish Music All Day from 6am to midnight.
The winning song and album will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 7th March and broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four-hour extended show from 7-11pm. A special television programme of the event will be broadcast shortly afterwards on RTÉ2.
The 14th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate the best in Irish recorded music. The Prize has become one of the music industry highlights of the year since its inception in 2005. The Irish Album of the Year award is chosen from a shortlist of ten albums by a panel of twelve Irish music media professionals and industry experts.
RAAP, Culture Ireland and The BAI are also official project partners of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize.
Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas Industry executives to attend the RTE Choice Music Prize Live Event on March 7th. First Music Contact (FMC), as part of their international profiling activity, will again advise on the selection of overseas delegates and oversee their integration into the individual mentoring sessions with the artists and the conference.
RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations” will return and take place on the 7th.
Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are on sale now from all Ticketmaster outlets and from http://www.ticketmaster.ie priced €28.00 including booking fee.
Touring around Australia was a dream come true for me. I spent as much time as possible swimming in the ocean and marvelling at the ocean life – Whale sharks, turtles and Tiger sharks on the Ningaloo Reef; dolphins in Byron Bay; gorgeous fish of all the colours of the rainbow on the Great Barrier Reef. It truly is a breathtakingly beautiful land & sea and we tried to capture some of that magic in our video. What a gift Mother Nature has given us – I am conscious now more than ever of the need to make a greater and more urgent effort to preserve and live sustainly within our enviornment.
During the trip, as always, I experienced life’s up and down rollercoaster like we all do. This video tries to grab hold of and appreciate the good and positive energy.
I hope you enjoy the video. Music & Adventure are my 2 great passions in life. Ty has done an amazing job packing in so much colour and beauty into a music video.
Thanks to everyone who made the trip so special.
Thanks again to those who helped me create the music – Stephen Shannon, Tom Domican, Aongus Ralston, Max Greenwood and Bill Blackmore.
The video is by Tyrone video maker James Coyle, who has combined tour footage filmed on the road with a montage of 1950s TV and B movies which keep the band entertained while they travel from gig to gig.
The song was produced by Howe Gelb in Tucson is partly inspired by hearing Tim Rose’s self -titled 1967 album which was recommended by a pal Sheffield musician Richard Hawley.
“The song was probably the last addition to Halfway Towards A Healing” remembers Oisin. “The Tim Rose album was a massive influence and the lyrics were written while walking the countryside up around Omagh in the Gortin Glen in County Tyrone. We also had Johnny Cash’s mysterious 1963 Irish Tour in mind when writing the song. We had often been told about this tour and we hear that they recently found the tapes. James, who made the video, added some old 1950s TV footage to some tour footage we had filmed so as to make sure things don’t get too serious.”
The Lost Brothers December Irish Theatre tour dates are as follows…
Dec 13 An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny Co. Donegal.
Dec 14 Strule Arts Theatre, Omagh Co. Tyrone.
Dec 15 Backstage Theatre, Longford Co. Longford.
Dec 21 Live At St Luke’s Cork City Co. Cork
Dec 22 Town Hall Theatre Westport Co. Mayo
Dec 23 Solstice Arts Theatre Navan Co. Meath
Jan 23 2019 St. Michans Church Dublin.
All tickets available from www.thelostbrothersband.com
Having already charmed crowds at a number of Irish festivals including Carrickmacross Arts Festival and Gothic Species Festival, Louth-based artist Alice Robinson is now ready to share her spellbinding debut single.
Exploring the theme of inequality in modern society, ‘Rise’ oozes an overwhelming, stirring emotion.
Flowing with twinkling hooks and Robinson’s soaring, cinematic vocals, it’s driven by a subtle, haunting power and grandiose ethereal aura.
Bringing to mind the beguiling musicality of the likes of Tori Amos or PJ Harvey, ‘Rise’ is an epic, and truly immersive, debut from the Irish songwriter. (Get in Her Ears, 2018)
Recorded live in Ireland at my studio in Donegal.
“I am the hurricane” was written by Brendan & Declan Murphy( The 4 Of Us), songwriter/ Engineer Enda Walsh & Keith.
Weird timing with the this songs name/ release date and the storm hitting the east coast of the states, it wasn’t intentional!